NANEUM RIDGE STATE FOREST
Located on the eastern slopes of the central Cascade Mountains and south of the city of Wenatchee, Naneum (nah-num) Ridge State Forest includes 71,000-acres of mostly forested uplands.
With its mix of ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, white fir trees, this area is habitat for deer, bears, cougars, and abundant bird life. The Naneum area also is home to one of the largest elk herds in the state of Washington and includes prime elk calving areas. Portions of the forest are a critical corridor between the winter and summer ranges of the Yakima and Colockum elk herds.
As with other state lands, DNR manages the Naneum Ridge State Forest for sustainable forestry, fire control, and wildlife habitat while also assuring the public access to enjoy the area’s scenery and recreation opportunities. Revenue produced by DNR’s management of this area helps support public school construction.
What to do there
There are no developed recreational sites or facilities in the Naneum Ridge State Forest. As with most DNR-managed lands, it is open year around for dispersed recreation, including hiking, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. Seasonal hunting and fishing is regulated by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Motorized users can use up to 109 miles of marked ‘green dot’ roads. The forest’s Green Dot Road Management System allows the public to drive on any dirt road marked by green dots on white posts. Vehicles are not allowed to go off-road.
Download the most recent map of green dot roads in Naneum Ridge. (Updated Fall 2008. Supercedes all previous green dot maps for this area.)
The forest also has 279 miles of road designated for nonmotorized uses such as horseback riding.