Naneum Ridge State Forest
   

 
The 71,500 acre Naneum Ridge State Forest, located south of Wenatchee primarily in Kittitas County, is a working forest managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide sustainable revenue in support of public servicesTimber productioncommunication tower leases, and other activities help to fund local services, prisons, universities, and the construction of public K-12 grade schools throughout Washington.
 
In addition to earning income, Naneum Ridge's undeveloped working lands provide habitat for native plants and animals, water retention and quality benefits, and diverse recreation opportunities.
 
When working in or visiting Naneum Ridge State Forest, always remember to:
Those interested in learning about planned forest activities in Naneum Ridge or nearby may use our Habitat Conservation Planrecreation planningForest Practices Application Review System (FPARS), and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) web pages to find out about proposed and authorized timber harvests, thinning projects, road projects, planning efforts, and other activities.

Recreation

Naneum Ridge State Forest is open year-round for dispersed recreation activities along 109 miles of green dot roads in the forest. DNR manages a Green Dot Road System in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and private landowners to provide opportunities for dispersed recreation such as camping, hunting, hiking, off-road-vehicle riding, and wildlife viewing. Naneum Ridge State Forest also has about 279 miles of forest management roads for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. 
  • To access DNR-managed land with your vehicle, you'll need a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington's great outdoors. 
  • Enjoy campfires in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only. Check for burn bans
  • Practice leave no trace principles and pack out what you pack in. 
  • Snow trails groomed December 15 - April 1. 
  • Dogs allowed on leash. Horseback riders may bring unleashed dogs controlled by voice command. 
 
Green dot road maps
View a PDF map of green dot roads in the Naneum Ridge State Forest. Learn more about using our free geo-locator mobile maps. 
 

Surrounding Recreation Sites

Beverly Dunes offers riders of all ages year-round sand dune riding near Lower Crab Creek. Open to 4x4, ATV, UTV and motorcycles. With the exception of motorcycles, riders need to have a red flag mounted to their vehicle at least 108 inches above the ground. Learn more.  
 
Directions: Start at I-90 and Highway 26 (east of Vantage Bridge) and turn south onto Highway 26. Go one mile and turn right on Highway 243. Go 6.7 miles and turn left on Lower Crab Creek Road. Go 1.8 miles and turn right into Beverly Dunes ORV Park. Get directions.
 
This is a popular site for hang gliding and paragliding and offers unparalleled views of the surrounding area. Membership with United State Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association required. Open until winter season snows blocks entrance road. No camping or campfires.
 
Directions: From Highway 97A on the south lakeshore of Lake Chelan turn south onto Chelan Butte Road and drive 4.2 miles south to the top of Chelan Butte.