Holden Ranger Station Trails

Chelan Ranger District

This work party starts at 8:30AM
Sat, Jun 25 to Sat, Jul 02, 2011


Holden Village

Lake Chelan, at Holden Village. Ice cream is the first thing that people think of when they visit historic Holden Village. There is more, much more. First comes a boat ride up Lake Chelan, then a bus ride to the Village which was an historic mining camp that has been converted to a retreat center. We will be based out of the USFS Ranger Cabin a short walk from the village, and you will be camping in a spot where the deer visit you in the morning and you boot the bear out of camp in the evening. Then there are the trails that lead into the Glacier Peak Wilderness area, all awaiting your attention. On your day off you can browse through the historic mining town, or you can explore the many trails that lead from the camp.

Hybrid car camp. Your gear will be brought to the Ranger Station, and you will be camping within 200 yards of the station.

Several trails leave from Holden Village, which is now a Lutheran Church camp area but was formerly the site of a thriving copper mine. We will be working on several of those trails, logging out fallen trees, repairing damaged tread, and brushing where necessary. Our base camp will be at the forest service facility about 1/4 from Holden Village, where you can set up at your tent while having access to the amenities of home in the forest service building.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest extends southward from the North Cascades National Park to the Yakama Indian Reservation. It is bordered on the west by the crest of the Cascade Range and on the east by the Columbia Plateau. In the south the terrain is gentler with peaks in the range of 6-7,000 feet while in the north the peaks are more spectacular with summits in excess of 9,000 feet. Lake Chelan, an immense glacier carved lake in the northern part of the Forest is surrounded by the Glacier Peak Wilderness and the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. The Forest is distinguished from its western neighbor, the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, by a drier climate. The timber is ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and larch. In fact the true crest of the Cascades maybe the western limit of the alpine larch. The trail system is extensive with over 3,000 miles. Early trails were the result of exploration, prospecting, and cattle and sheep grazing. The bulk of the trail system was built in the 1920's and 30's for fire lookouts and protection. Most of these trails were built for rapid access at the expense of the environment. The population east of the Cascade Crest is much smaller than that of Puget Sound. Puget Sounders, however, are here in considerable number and many of trails beginning on highways connecting to Puget Sound are heavily used. The Wenatchee does however offer many backcountry primitive experiences.

This is one of our Volunteer Vacations. There is $235 fee ($195 for WTA members). You will be required to fill out an application form including your outdoors experience and medical history before we can allow you to join the trip.

This is a week-long work party. You must be 18 years or older to attend. Participants must be able to attend all days. Late arrivals and early departures are not allowed.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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