The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail circles the Columbia River at Wenatchee with 10 miles of excellent asphalt trail and lots to see and do. On the Wenatchee side the trail runs through four fine riverfront parks: Wenatchee Riverfront Park (sculpture garden, narrow gauge railroad, boat launch and docks), Walla Walla Point Park (sports fields, open space, swimming lagoon), the Horan Nature Area (wetlands) and the Wenatchee Confluence State Park (camping, swimming, picnic areas) to cross the river on the Odabashian Bridge (US 2).
The East Wenatchee side is wilder. The trail runs along the bluffs, crossing ravines on tight hairpin turns and short 6% grades. Here there are two trailheads: 27th St and 19th St. The 19th St. trailhead at the Porter's Pond Nature Area has full services, including an air station for bike tires. Ahead is Jude's Oasis and a dramatic bike/pedestrian/utility bridge that will return you to the Wenatchee side and Riverfront Park. Once you ride the loop, you will want to go around again. It's a fun ride on both sides of the Columbia.
From US 2, take SR 285 (N. Wenatchee Ave.) southeast into Wenatchee. Turn toward the river on E 5th Street and take it down to Sternwheeler Plaza in the Wenatchee Riverfront Park, which is located behind the BNSF rail yard.
Trailheads and parking: Wenatchee Riverfront Park, E 5th St. and N. Worthen St., Wenatchee
19th St Trailhead, 19th NW St. and NW Cascade Ave., E. Wenatchee
27th St Trailhead, N. River Dr. and 22 St. NW, E. Wenatchee
Walla Walla Point Park, 1414 Walla Walla Ave., Wenatchee