Naches, in the center of Washington State, is nestled into the Cascade Range. While the town itself is small, is has big opportunities for adventure nearby! With the Wenatchee National Forest to the west, and the much larger city of Yakima to the south, this town has a great combination of nature and amenities closeby. This town even has its own veterinary clinic, making it easy to raise a happy, healthy puppy in this town.
One of the favorite places to go in Naches for dogs and their walkers, is the Yakima Greenway. This greenway is over 20 miles long and follows the Naches and Yakima Rivers. The Naches trailhead can be found just off Second Street. This multi-use pathway features views of sage covered desert hills and basalt cliffs. Leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the fun! Restrooms, waste bags and garbage cans can be found periodically along the path.
If you and your pooch want to spend the night in nature, head over to the dog-friendly Windy Point Campground. This campground is located along the Tieton River in the west end of town, and features 15 family sites. Amenities include vault toilets and potable water.
With all of these dog friendly activities and amenities in town, it’s clear to see Naches loves dogs!
The residents of the city center of Naches never need to get bored on their morning walk with Fido! This neighborhood is home to two great community parks. A town favorite, is the Naches Applewood Park. This pretty park features a playground and covered picnic areas, so don’t forget to pack a lunch and some dog biscuits! There are several athletic fields as well that your pup can sniff and play on while there are no games in progress. The Lower Naches Community Park is similair, and boasts 7.5 acres, offering large grassy areas for your dog to stretch his legs on. Leashed dogs are welcome in both of these parks, as long as they follow proper petiquette!
The Silver Beach neighborhood in Naches provides quick access to some great trails in the Wenatchee National Forest! A portion of the iconic Pacific Crest Trail passes right through this neighborhood. The White Pass North Trailhead of the PCT can be found along Highway 12 in Silver Beach. For a day hike that will get your dog’s tail wagging, start at this trailhead and keep going northwest to Sand Lake. The hike is about 6.5 miles and will take about 4 hours to complete with your pooch. The trail wanders through wildflowers and pine forests. After working up a sweat, take a plunge into Sand Lake at the end of the trail. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail as long as they get picked up after!
The Goose Prairie neighborhood of Naches also brings you way out into the wilderness of the Wenatchee Forest. It’s from this neighborhood that you can enjoy some more hiking, swimming, and camping with your pupper along the Pacific Crest Trail. One of the favorite hikes is from Bumping River to Fish Lake. This 14 miles hike will take all day, so be sure to bring supplies, like food and drinking water for your parched dog. This is a great trail if you’re looking to avoid the higher more strenuous trails, but still enjoy great mountain views. You may even have the change to spot some Rocky Mountain elk! If you want to stay in the area for a while, head over to Bumping Lake Campground. It’s located on the south shore of Bumping Lake, has dog friendly sites and flush toilets! Leashed dogs are welcome through all these areas, but don’t forget to pick up after him or her!
For a trail a little closer to civilization, head into the neighborhood of Tibbling in Selah. It’s here that you can find the Yakima Rim Skyline Trail. The trailhead can be found on Buffalo Road in the Tibbling. This 8 mile trail has blooming wildflowers among the desert hills in the springtime. You and your doggo might also have the chance to sniff out some interesting wildlife while hiking, like mule deer and bighorn sheep. Be sure to keep your dog leashed, and watch out for dangerous wildlife like rattlesnakes and scorpions. It could take from 4 to 6 hours to complete the hike, so don’t forget to bring lots of water for you and your best pal!