Cashmere Canyons Preserve

A 2100-acre private preserve owned preserve owned by Hay Canyon Ranch, LLC and co-managed by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. Though wilderness conservation is its highest priority, the preserve is also open to hiking, trail running, and snowshoeing on a 12 miles trail system with sweeping views of the Enchantments, the Entiats, the Wenatchee Valley and the Columbia River. There are many opportunities to view wildlife, and in the spring it is filled with classic Eastern Washington Balsamroot and Lupine.

Getting There

From US-2 in Cashmere, turn north onto Nahahum Canyon Road, and drive ~3 miles to the parking lot and trailhead on the left (1,450 ft).

Note: The only access to the trail system is from the trailhead parking lot on Nahahum Canyon Road. Entering the land from any other point or leaving the clearly marked trails system via anything other than the trailhead is trespassing. Parking on the shoulder of narrow Nahahum County Road is dangerous and inadvisable. Parked cars that interfere with traffic might be ticketed or towed.

On The Trail

  • From the trailhead hike the Nahahum Trail  2.1 miles to the saddle at its intersection with Ridge Road (2.1 miles, 1,320 feet of elevation gain). At the intersection hike either north or south.
  • To the north, Ridge Road and the Lower Loop trail form a lollipop route totaling 3.8 miles and 835 feet of elevation gain.
  • To the south, Ridge Road and the Spring Canyon Loop trail form a lollipop totaling  3.25 miles and 770 feet of elevation gain. An optional spur trail to the summit of  Saddle Mountain adds another 0.35 mile round trip and 121 of elevation gain.
  • Combine both lollipop routes and the summit spur to hike the whole trail system for a total of 11.5 miles and 3,045 feet of elevation gain.


  • The trail system may be closed at certain times of year for the protection of wildlife or during periods of extreme fire danger. Closures are announced on the land manager's website (link below).
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoeing Category: Basic
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 11.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,045 ft
  • 3,219 ft
  • Land Manager: Cashmere Canyons
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • see Land Manager

Upcoming Activities

CHS 1 Hike - Cashmere Canyons Preserve

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, May 4, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Apr 17; Instructor registration open now
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