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Address: State Route 2, Leavenworth, WA
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Beautiful Short Hike

This trail is a great hike that, due to its length and relative flatness, is for everyone. The area is simply beautiful, and the sound of the water is refreshing (you can hear... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jason M
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trail is a great hike that, due to its length and relative flatness, is for everyone. The area is simply beautiful, and the sound of the water is refreshing (you can hear traffic on Highway 2 on parts of the trail). The old bridge is a great photo-op, and due to its simplicity, you cannot get lost on this... More 

1 Thank Jason M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

This short but beautiful hike takes you over the river on the bridge as described. When we went in September 2015, the bridge was dry and easy to walk across. Gorgeous views with a nice hiking trail easy for children to hike with you. Worth a visit!

1 Thank Sheena C
Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Nice, short, easy hike along this beautiful stretch of river. You can hear and see the highway for a bit and there's not much shade but it's nice. Keep on eye on the pools believe you. We saw a lot of huge salmon in the deep areas. Can be very dangerous to swim here early in the summer but the... More 

1 Thank JDbrn2run
Yelm, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

A bit hard to find as it's just a pull off of Hwy 2 about 1 1/2 miles before you get to Leavenworth. There is access to the river here and several people were there swimming when we arrived. We walked over the bridge, which actually is the old pipeline, got some great views and pics, and tuned around because... More 

1 Thank Wendi67
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is a beautiful and peaceful trail that follows the Wenatchee river along the Tumwater canyon. The adventure is finding the hidden parking lot that leads to a unique half pipe bridge, the only remains of the water pipeline for the now gone power plant for the train. The remains of the power plant are close to the parking lot... More 

Thank CanadaKids
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful hike. Wildflowers and trees were in bloom, the water was flowing, the birds singing,ect. It doesnt get much better than that. Will go again. Just Wish it was marked better and had information about where you were and such.

2 Thank Karen E
Salt Lake CIty
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This trail is a little hard to find, but well worth getting out of town for. Quiet and easy hiking. When you get near the end of the trail, be sure to climb up the rocks and peer into the tunnel where the old pipeline came through the mountain. I didn't realize until we we back across the bridge that... More 

1 Thank David B
Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Now, this was FUN!!! I know it is February, but do the bathrooms REALLY have to be closed???? The hike was very fun, but we never did see the old mine that the water was piped up to??

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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This isn't much of a "wilderness" experience as the highway runs on the other side of the river that you follow, but the forest is lush and the river is pretty special. In the mile or so of walking along the river, you pass by at least 2 sets of Class IV rapids and other whitewater as well. There is... More 

4 Thank cdth
Kent, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

This could have been an awesome hike...but P doesn't do fording. The initial bit, crossing the pipeline bridge, was great, but everything is running high right now and about a half-mile in we came to a stream that she didn't feel she could ford. By and large, this seems like a nice little hike by the river, but nothing that... More 

2 Thank davenpeggy

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