Highway 97 Columbia River Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE
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From Wenatchee start on 97 Alt North to Chelan. Ride through Chelan stopping for lunch and a nice dip in the lake. Cross the Beebe Bridge on the north end of town. Ride south on 97 back to Wenatchee.
97 Alt towards Chelan offers great views of the Rocky Reach dam. Lake Chelan is gorgeous and that's not including the bikinis swimming at the beach. Coming back down 97 on the east side of the Columbia river offers beautiful views of the orchards that make the valley a great place to live.
Not a bad ride as far as road conditions. A couple spots may have construction depending on the time of year. Watch out for big horn sheep as well as falling rocks on the way to Chelan. Not too twisty but definitely not a boring ride. Gentle curves and nice straight sections give less seasoned riders a chance to enjoy as well as those looking to just get out there for the sake of riding.
Plenty of places to stop if you're taking it slow. Wenatchee offers lots of great places to eat as well as Chelan. You're never too far from a rest stop at a gas station or a state park.
Nickname (optional) : Chelan Loop