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Just because you get to the Cascade Loop by car does NOT mean you’re going to want to stay in it for long! The Loop is a pathway through nature in all of its diversity and extremes. Prepare to play in salty waters of the Puget Sound, zipline through secluded forests, raft down rushing rivers, or hike through pristine wilderness. What’s your adventure style? Pick and choose from the gaggle of outdoors adventures below it’s gonna be fun!

Warm Weather Outdoor Adventure Itinerary

Climb renowned Index Town Wall, home to a high concentration of our state’s finest granite crack climbs along with some remarkable face climbs and mini-big walls. (Over 50 routes available!)

Zipline from ridge to ridge (eight ziplines available) up to 190? over Beaver Creek Valley, or wobble your way across two suspension bridges at Plain?s Leavenworth Zip Lines.

Stand-up paddle boarding is hugely popular on the super scenic Wenatchee River that runs alongside Bavarian Leavenworth. Rentals are available in town so try it out!

Prepare for a near-religious experience when the trail opens, the trees part and you finally reach Colchuck Lake, sitting at the base of Dragontail and Colchuck peaks. This four-mile (one-way) hike takes you up 2,300 feet of elevation through thick forest, granite boulders, bridge-crossing and a little rock hopping. It?s worth the trip through?the destination is amazing.

Raft Class III rapids on the Wenatchee River from Leavenworth to Cashmere with Orion Expeditions.

Rent bicycles at Arlberg Sports in Wenatchee’s riverfront Pybus Public Market. Access one of Washington’s longest paved pathways, the ten-mile Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail right from the market. The trail spans both sides of the Columbia River and the terrain and views are amazing!

Rent a boat or jetski, or consider snorkeling to tour Lake Chelan. View this glacier-fed paradise from the water and get up close and personal with water-bound wildlife?all manner of fish and birds just love having their pictures taken!

Take a guided fishing adventure on the mighty Columbia River (or, depending on where the fish are, Lake Wenatchee, the Wenatchee or Methow Rivers.) Contact Bobber Down Guide Service to reel in your own salmon or steelhead.

Battle towering waves with Orion Expeditions rafting Class II-IV white water rapids on the beautiful Methow River.

Mountain bike hundreds of miles of well-maintained, easy to access single track and scenic Forest Service roads in the Methow Valley. From gentle family-friendly rides paralleling the Methow River, to technical, high alpine single-track, TONS of terrain is available. Not traveling with your bike? No worries?rentals are available in Winthrop.

Take in the valley from a vantage point like no other–lift and drift over the magnificent Methow Valley with Morning Glory Balloon Tours.

Go on a guided horseback ride around Sun Mountain and take in sweeping views of the Methow Valley and neighboring lakes.

Join Pacific Crest Trail hikers on this five-mile (one-way) hike to Cutthroat Pass. The trek is packed full of alpine views, meadows, larches and views of stark, craggy mountains over its 2,000 ft. elevation gain. Wildlife is abundant here so don’t forget that camera!

Float on the emerald green waters of class II-III rapids with Orion Expeditions on the Magic Skagit.

Explore the marine beauty of the Puget Sound with a guided tour with Anacortes Kayak Tours. Paddle alongside seals, blue herons and a multitude of winged wildlife. No experience necessary.

Get the view of a lifetime as orca whales come into sight! Go on a whale watching expedition out of either Anacortes on Fidalgo Island, or Langley on Whidbey Island. Contact either Mystic Sea Charters or Island Adventures.

Fidalgo and Whidbey Island are both located on the milder side of the Cascade Loop and thus, don’t experience the level of heat you might find throughout the rest of the Loop during summer months. Head to Deception Pass that runs between Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands. Parks border each side of the Pass delivering beachfront walks, tidepooling, amazing views and the freshest air you can find.

Winter Weather Outdoor Adventure Itinerary

Snowshoe three miles (one-way) and gain 1,100 ft. of elevation to alpine Skyline Lake on the Stevens Pass Greenway on this short but strenuous, snow-filled trek.

Park and rent your Nordic ski or snowshoeing equipment at Plain Hardware, and head across the road to hit the trail at this remote and ridiculously scenic trail system.

Experience mountaintop views via Mountain Springs Lodge’s guided snowmobile tours. Tours are tailored to each guest, whether you want to spend a gentle hour on the trail or a full day of heart-pumping fun.

Sit down, blaze down the hill, laugh till your faces hurts, repeat. This is what you’ll find sledding and tubing in Leavenworth. So. Much. Fun.

Ski or snowboard at Mission Ridge Ski Area located right outside of Wenatchee. Rentals and lessons are available.

Take a guided fishing adventure on the mighty Columbia River (or, depending on where the fish are, Lake Wenatchee, the Wenatchee or Methow Rivers.) Contact Bobber Down Guide Service to reel in your own salmon or steelhead.

Prepare to blaze down the hillside on skis, snowboard or tube whatever floats your boat–at Lake Chelan?s Echo Valley Resort. It’s snowy fun for the whole family. Rentals available.

Winter is no longer the time to put away the bike. Add fatbiking to your bucket list, and head to the Methow Valley this winter. Groomed trails are maintained specifically for winter biking here. Rentals available.

It doesn’t get more endorphine pumping than this?heli-skiing the North Cascades. This is NOT for the faint of heart or inexperienced. Die-hard, experienced skiers will find their bliss in the back country of the ‘American Alps–the rest of us, let’s just watch the footage while sipping a glass of wine?

Trek around the Skagit Valley’s Baker Lake during winter months. The Baker Lake Trail is located on the less-developed Eastern shoreline of the lake.

Fidalgo and Whidbey Island are both located on the milder side of the Cascade Loop and thus, don?t experience the level of snowfall in winter you’ll find throughout the rest of the Loop. Head to Deception Pass that runs between Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands. Parks border each side of the Pass delivering beachfront walks, tidepooling, amazing views and the freshest air you can find.