While in Wenatchee for one of my son's school events over the weekend, I snuck away and went for a hike. I looked at the Wenatchee Outdoors website and found the Tenas George Loop, (they call it the Tenas George Canyon Circumnavigation) in the guidebook hiking and backpacking section of the website. They rated it as a 3 for fitness and 3 for skill level, 3 being the highest level. Well, one out of two isn't bad so I went for it.
The directions for accessing the area on the Wenatchee Outdoors page are spot on. You park right in front of the wildlife fence and there is a gate (see below) you walk through to access the area. Visit the Wenatchee outdoors site for turn by turn directions and a map of the area. For me, I looked at their map and used it to draw a track on Google maps which I uploaded to my phone and just used those with the MyTrails GPS app. Very good app by the way. Much better than that battery draining Gaia GPS app. I've included my tracks below for download if you would like to use them yourself.
Once you get through the gate and get a little bit of elevation, the route becomes pretty clear. You follow one ridge up to a road. Take the road for 6 or 7 miles, then pick up the ridge on the other side of the canyon and follow it down to complete the loop. There are no trails. The terrain is open most of the way with the exception of the very top which is wooded, but by then you are following the road so its no big deal. Great, wide open country so you can just go whichever way your heart desires really.
My trip was pretty non eventful until I got to the road. The road was supposed to be the easy part of the day, but because the snow hadn't yet fully melted at that elevation, the road became the hardest part and was, how do I put it? A post hole hell. I went around this big curve in the road through the snow and just figured that once I went around the bend the snow would stop. It was very deceiving since you couldn't really see the snow unless you were at the road level or above it. Had I known how much snow I would be going through, I probably would have turned around and gone back the way I came and say to hell with the loop. Ah, but hind-site is 20/20 and I was already halfway through it so I plowed ahead. I estimate I post holed for 4 or 5 miles on the road. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I don't do snow. But here I was in my trail runners scraping up my shins on the hard outer crust of this snow every time I punched through. Snow that shouldn't be here. Lets just say I got a good workout. I guess I was so perturbed by the snow that I failed to get any really good images of it while I was wallowing in it. I really just wanted to get through it. As you'll see in my images below, I took few images from the snow section.
OK, enough banter. Lets get on to the images. The images I took BTW are from a new lightweight camera I got. I'm not real crazy about the images it takes and have since sent it back to get something a little more powerful.
Mouse over image for an overview of the upper road route.
I was essentially aiming for the tree on the road where I started the loop. Mouse over to see the start of the route and the location of the tree. Tree is more visible in the next image.
This was a good trip. If you like off trail adventure and are near Wenatchee, give this one a shot. I imagine it is hot, hot, hot in the summer so try it in the spring or fall. Cell reception is great too, if posting to Facebook while you hike is your thing. I love it, LOL.