WTA make its annual early-autumn trek to Holden Village by way of car, boat and bus. In a land where the beds are soft, the showers are hot and the larches are bursting with golden color, you and your fellow crew members will work on trails leading out of this picturesque former mining town. There are plenty of natural features to check out on your day off; go explore Lyman Lakes, Bonanza Peak or Copper Creek. Or, if you’re looking for a more relaxed day, grab an ice cream cone in the village and go bowling or shoot some pool.
Holden Village lodging. Be prepared to hike up to 3-5 miles a day.
Autumn at Holden Village should fine the surrounding mountains ablaze in spectacular colors. Holden is set in a beautiful glacier formed valley. A former mining camp, it now serves as a retreat center. There are several trails that lead out of the village that we will spend time performing annual maintenance on. Important Details: We will be staying in Holden Village which affords us hot showers, soft beds, fresh bread, a library, bowling, ice cream and good company. We will be enjoying our meals in the main dining hall with the other guests. As guests of Holden Village, we will be asked to abide by their community discipline, including attending Vespers services. Please refer to Holden's website to find out more about life in Holden. You will be responsible for your own boat ticket on the "Lady of the Lake" and can be purchased at Fields Landing. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
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 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