Trails & Lakes Region: Attractions in the Cascade Mountains

Known as the Cascade Curtain, the Cascade Mountains divide the State of Washington, stretching from British Columbia to Oregon. Many interesting sights can be found in or near the foothills of these mountains in the Trails and Lakes Region.

Lake Wenatchee

This 5-mile-long lake about an hour from Wenatchee is surrounded by mountains and is a popular destination for boaters and windsurfers. Camping is available year-round, and the surrounding forest offers plenty of hiking trails.


Picturesque Leavenworth brings Bavarian charm to Washington. Visitors can enjoy easy access to hiking, local tasting rooms, and the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which features more than 7,000 nutcrackers on display. The museum contains nutcrackers from more than 50 countries and made in a variety of materials and different woods.


The town of Roslyn, just north of Cle Elum, boasts a charming main street complete with a history museum and plenty of dining options, including The Brick Saloon — which originally opened in 1889 — and the Roslyn Café. Fans of the hit TV show Northern Exposure (1990-1995) are sure to recognize the café’s camel mural, as the show filmed key intro scenes in the town.

Stehekin & Lake Chelan

Located on the north end of Lake Chelan at the base of the Cascades you’ll find the small community of Stehekin. Only accessible by boat, plane, or foot, this area is popular for those who want to unplug and unwind. Lake Chelan, the state’s largest natural lake, is also a top summer destination for water sports.

Pipestone Canyon

Located near Winthrop, the Pipestone Canyon offers stunning hiking and uninterrupted views of the North Cascades and the Methow Valley, plus abundant wildlife. Nearby, the Methow Valley boasts local art galleries, fantastic dining, and craft beer and cider.

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