Naneum Ridge State Forest
   

 
The 71,500 acre Naneum Ridge State Forest, located south of Wenatchee primarily in Kittitas County and near the Milwaukee Road Corridor, 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. 
  • Always check for burn restrictions before having a campfire. 
  • As of Friday, Oct. 13: For hunters and others enjoying dispersed camping, or camping outside of our designated campgrounds, dispersed campfires are allowed. 
  • 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.
 
Milwaukee Road Corridor Information
DNR manages the Milwaukee Road Corridor, with access for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers, east of the Columbia River to the town of Lind. Permit required. Camping, campfires and hunting is not allowed. 
 
UPDATE: We’ll be reopening the Milwaukee Road Corridor on April 30. Over the next couple of weeks, a Washington Conservation Corps crew will provide necessary trail maintenance. Although maintenance work will be ongoing, if you have a trail permit for April, that permit is valid. 

Surrounding Recreation Sites

Beverly Dunes ORV Area
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 moreOpen as of March 29. 
 
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.
 
Lily Lake Winter Recreation Area
Lily Lake Winter Recreation Area provides access to more than 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Click here to view a map of the trail system and here for more information. 
 
Directions: From Wenatchee, head south on Malaga Highway. Turn right on Stemilt Creek Road, right on Stemilt Loop Road for 4.5 miles to Lily Lake Road. Trailhead is about 200 feet east of the junction on the left side.
 
Chelan Butte Sky Park
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.