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Swakane Peak

Central Washington > Wenatchee
47.5641, -120.3332 Map & Directions
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,787 feet
Highest Point
4,297 feet
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Partway up the route to the summit of Swakane Peak. Photo by Rolan Shomber. Full-size image
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  • Fall foliage

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Take one of three different routes to the top of Swakane Peak for expansive views across the Columbia River and a peek-a-boo view of Icicle Ridge to the west. Two of the routes can be combined for a loop day trip. Continue reading

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Hiking Swakane Peak

Head to the top of Swakane Peak (unnamed on maps) for expansive views across the Columbia River and a peek-a-boo view of Icicle Ridge to the west.  Two of the routes can be combined for a loop day trip.

Follow the route for Swakane Canyon to the fourth switchback, at 1.9 miles and 2630 feet of elevation. Now it's decision time. A longer route continues along the road for an additional 3.5 miles to a saddle at 3850 feet of elevation, south of the peak. A more direct route involves a cross-country northeast hike up the rib and then more steeply to the south saddle, but this is not recommended, since you'd be tramping grass and flowers.

Once at the south saddle, the shortest route to the top follows a faint boot trail that climbs steeply to the north for 0.3 mile. The route follows the ridge crest, bearing slightly west (left) to get around rock outcroppings. It finishes with a 3 step scramble to the top, 3.7 miles from the trailhead and at 4297 ft. elevation. 

A "no hands" route is available starting from a western saddle 0.3 miles farther along Rd 5215. This boot/game trail approximately follows the ridgecrest heading east-southeast for 0.3 mile to the top.

The views from the top are primarily to the east and south. They include the Waterville Plateau, Badger Mountain, The Columbia River, Wenatchee, Mission Peak, and a narrow view of Icicle Ridge to the west.

A third route to the top is available in the summer and fall. Utilize a motorized vehicle to drive or ride up Mill Canyon from the Entiat Valley (USFS Rd 52 & 5215) to the gate at the western saddle at 3890 feet of elevation.  Leave your vehicle at the gate and hike the 0.3 mile up to the top.

Hike Description Written by
Rolan Shomber, WTA Correspondent

Swakane Peak

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Co-ordinates: 47.5641, -120.3332 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Starting from the off-ramp from Highway 2 to Highway 97A in Wenatchee, follow 97A for 6.0 miles. Turn left onto Swakane Road and follow it through the large gate and past the home to a large information sign at 1.2 miles from 97A. At this point, turn right and follow the low quality road.

High clearance vehicles will have an easier time finding a route through the maze of potholes in the road for the next 1.7 miles as it winds along the northeast side of the valley. At 2.8 miles from 97A, turn right and park below the trees or above the switchback before the gate.

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Central Washington > Wenatchee

Swakane Canyon (#USFS Rd 5215)

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Chelan Wildlife Area

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