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Naches Ranger Station

Naches Ranger District

Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forests

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United States Forest Service, Department of Agriculture

Naches Ranger District

Located on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains at the southern end of the Wenatchee National Forest, the Naches Ranger District encompasses 518,982.61 acres. The District is west of Yakima with two major mountain passes intersecting it, Chinook Pass to the north and White Pass to the south. Our neighbors to the west and at the crest of the Cascades are Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. Rainier National Park and Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest. To the north is the Cle Elum Ranger District, the Yakama Indian Nation to the south, and a mixture of private lands and Washington State Dept. of Wildlife lands to the east. There are checkerboard land ownerships on the fringes of the District to the north, east and south.

The Naches Ranger District is part of the Snoqualmie National Forest, but is administered by the Wenatchee National Forest. You will see this on maps and perhaps some signing..

After the formation of the Cascade range, repeated lava flows and glaciations over the last few million years produced many lakes, deep canyons and unusual rock contours such as Kloochman Rock east of Rimrock Lake and Boulder Cave on the Naches River near Cliffdell. This variety of geology and a wide difference in precipitation across the forest has lead to diversity in vegetation which changes with elevation and moisture from grass and sage in the lowlands, through stands of heavy timber, to alpine meadows at the highest reaches. Areas of the Cascade crest can receive over 100 inches of rain and as much as 20 feet of snow each year. To the east an average of 10 inches annually results in near-desert conditions.


February 7, 2017 Recreation Report

Recreation Updates ... and more from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest! Download the report

Closed Roads?

Read the current Recreation Report - linked above - to see what roads are open/closed.


Fire Restrictions Campfire Restrictions

Current Restrictions on US Forest Service lands

Restrictions on Washington State Department of Natural Resources lands

Map of Active Fires in the Pacific Northwest

Do you Need a Pass?

Recreation Passes and Permits

From many vistas there are spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and other mountain peaks. Within our boundaries are 224,503 acres of Wilderness, established by Congress to preserve the wild character of the land. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail winds in and out of the District on its way from Mexico to Canada. Wildlife is abundant and you might see elk, deer, black bear and mountain goats, as well as other species. Flower-filled meadows follow the receding snow, extending the season into late summer.

Our Ranger District has hosted many uses over the years. Historically Indians hunted and fished while miners filed their claims searching for elusive minerals and trappers took their bounty to market. Huge bands of sheep roamed the hillsides tended by solitary herders. Today, a few cattle and sheep use the Ranger District for summer grazing, but the wealth of water, wildlife and scenery attract mostly the recreation-minded travelers.

The District offers some unique opportunities for recreation and a variety of natural resources. The historic Naches Pass Trail, for both motorized users and hikers, traces the path that early settlers used to reach Seattle, the last stretch of their journey from back east. Boulder Cave National Recreation Trail is one of the most popular places on the District. Visitors enjoy the accessible trail along the river or hiking to the very unique Boulder Cave. In the fall thousands of people come to experience white water rafting on the Tieton River. Both of the major highways that transverse the District are noted for their scenic quality. In 1931 the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Dept. of Interior established the Mather Memorial Parkway (a 50 mile stretch of State Route 410) for its outstanding scenic and recreational values. In 1998 the Federal Highway Administration dedicated State Route 410 as an All-American Road. U.S. Highway 12 has received the designation of Scenic Byway.

Interpretation and environmental education take place in the forest and in the local community. An interpretive display trailer is used at the Central Washington State Fair, sportsmen shows, and community events.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests

The 2.2 million acre Wenatchee National Forest stretches over 135 miles from upper Lake Chelan on the north to the Yakama Indian Reservation on the south, 25 to 50 miles wide, and extends from the Columbia “breaks” to the Cascade Crest. Elevations vary from approximately 800 feet along the eastern border to nearly 9,500 feet along the western crest.

Vegetation varies from the grass-shrubs along the lower east edge of the Forest through the ponderosa pine zone, Douglas-fir and true fir zones to the sparsely forested alpine zone at higher elevations.

Precipitation, which comes mainly in the form of snow, varies from approximately 140 inches along the Cascade Crest to a low of 10 inches along the eastern fringes. Although scattered lightning storms frequently pass over the Forest throughout the summer, the Wenatchee enjoys many days of clear, sunny weather and summer daytime temperatures in the 80’s with nighttime temperatures in the 40’s to 50’s.
The Wenatchee’s clear eastside weather accounts for its recreation popularity. Each year it ranks in the top 10 of 155 Forests in the Nation in visitor use. The 125 developed campgrounds provide a camping capacity of nearly 12,000. For more information: www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee

The Okanogan is a stunning and unique National Forest. It is one of the nicest surprises in the Pacific Northwest. There are a variety of country sites from craggy peaks to rolling meadows, to rich old growth forest, and classic groves of ponderosa pine. It is called the Sunny Okanogan and for good reason. Summers are hot and dry and winters are famous for brilliant clear skies and plenty of snow.

The forest has two distinct sides, east and west, referred to as the Okanogan (o-ka-na’gun) and Methow (met’-how) valleys. Each area is a unique experience in itself and together they offer a variety of things to see and do.

Okanogan’s specialty is providing outdoor recreation, particularly trails and backcountry. Two congressionally designated Wilderness areas provide thousands of pristine acres where you can travel on your own or with one of several outfitter guides operating within the forest. There are lakes to swim in, routes and roads to explore by mountain bike and scenic drives including the North Cascades Scenic Highway, the first national scenic highway in the nation. For more information: www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.

Welcome to Discover Your Northwest

Sales outlet located in Naches Ranger Station, 10237 U.S. Highway 12, Naches, WA 98937, Phone: 509-653-1401, Office Hours are Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:00am-12:00pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm.  No permits (including woodcutting permits) or passes will be sold after 4:00pm.

We're a nonprofit cooperating association dedicated to deepening public appreciation of the rich cultural history and spectacular natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We do this by helping public land agencies provide quality interpretive materials to the visiting public. We also help them publish interpretive books, maps, trail guides, and other media. You can help support our local interpretive programs by shopping at the NWIA sales outlet in the Naches Ranger Station.

Your Purchases Make A Difference

Your purchases help provide direct support for really worthwhile things like purchasing materials and equipment for special displays, completing interpretive projects when Forest Service funding isn’t available, publishing trail guides and other interpretive materials that help the visiting public better understand and appreciate the area, etc.

The NIWA Sales office in Naches carries a large variety of items such as books about everything you
can imagine relative to the local area, field guides, history and more, maps, Smokey Bear memorabilia, stuffed animals, nature games, puzzles, postcards, key chains, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and much more.

Our mission

Educating for the Future: Linking People, Nature, and History Through Interpretation.

What we are

We're a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Seattle, Washington and licensed to operate in Oregon, Idaho, California, and Montana. We belong to a special category of nonprofits called "cooperating associations," which was established by Congress in 1936 to operate in national parks for the purpose of assisting with the parks' official interpretive and educational efforts. We were founded in 1974 and have steadily grown ever since. Today, cooperating associations work with all of America's national public land agencies as well as many state and local agencies.

Our partners

We are partnered with several organizations, as listed below. We help our partners operate their interpretive bookstores and work to enhance visitor appreciation by supporting a wide variety of on-site educational projects. Our partners are:

National Park Service National Park Service
US Forest Service Forest Service
US Army Corps of Engineers Army Corps of Engineers
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Bureau of Land Management (Fort Benton) Bureau of Land Management
Seattle Museum of History and Industry Seattle Museum of History and Industry
City of Seattle (Cedar River Watershed Education Center) City of Seattle (Cedar River Watershed Education Center)

Where you can reach us:
Discover Your Northwest
164 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Customer Service: (877) 874-6775
Business Office: (206) 220-4140
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8 to 5 pm.
Website: www.discovernw.org

For more information on services provided by the Naches Ranger Station, please contact:

Naches Ranger District
Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forests
10237 U.S. Highway 12
Naches, Washington 98937
Tel. (509) 653-1401
Fax (509) 653-2638
Telebraille 1-800-833-6385
TTY (ASCII & Baudot) 1-800-833-6388
Voice 1-800-833-6384
Dial 7-1-1 for a free connection
to the state transfer relay service for TTY and voice calls.

Hours: 8:00 am-4:30 pm; closed for lunch noon to 12:30 pm

The Naches Ranger Station foyer is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with
numerous handouts and forest information available to the public during hours the office is closed.

Caring for the Land and Serving People




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