So many trails, so little time. Add another trail to the popular Lake Chelan-Columbia River recreation area with the recent creation of the Beebe Springs Trail just a couple of miles east of the city of Chelan.
Visitors will find that the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has done a remarkable job creating easily accessible trails along the shores of the Columbia River. As part of the same project, there are also trails with elevation and switchbacks just west of the river trails.
The first part of the project was the new creek that was created that now meanders through the project. It’s now a wildlife refuge where Steelhead and Chinook salmon have been seen spawning. Birdwatchers will find a variety of interesting birds and other wildlife, as well as convenient places to observe Nature.
There is a parking lot and restroom at the entrance to the trail system, and it’s possible to do a two-mile hike on the flat trails down by the river without even venturing to steep terrain located toward the city of Chelan. The lower trail is perfect for families, or people unable to hike on more difficult terrain.
Find the new park on Highway 97A, less than a half mile north of Beebe Bridge. From Chelan, drive east out of town toward the bridge, taking a left on Highway 97A just before you get to the bridge. The park is just .3 mile ahead on your right.