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Camas Meadows


Photo by Marc Dilley

Camas Meadows Hike


Information below is from Washington Trail Association.org at this link.

"An ecological gem hidden in the Wenatchee Mountains, Camas Meadows (a.k.a. Camas Land) harbors plant species found nowhere else in the world. A sprawling, lush, near-level lawn cradled by lumpy forested ridges, Camas Meadows is a geographical anomaly in the Cascades' dry extreme eastern reaches. Too fragile to explore, the meadows are best viewed from above, as experienced on this hike. Magical in spring, brilliant in fall, and quiet in winter, it's not a bad place to be in summer either.

Administered by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), 1300-acre Camas Meadows is one of forty-nine Natural Area Preserves in the state. These areas are managed to protect high-quality examples of the state's native ecosystems and unique and rare plant and animal communities, so recreation in the preserves is extremely limited. The majority of the Camas Meadows Preserve consists of lush, fragile wetlands that sport healthy populations of its namesake as well as the Wenatchee Mountains checkermallow and the Wenatchee larkspur, which are found nowhere else in the world."

Walking Instructions: See WTA's trip description at this link.

Map:  See our topo map.

Access:
  Follow Highway 97 5.25 miles south from the Y-Junction. Turn east on Camas Creek Road. Go 3.1 miles until pavement ends. Bear left here at a Y on a gravel road. Go 0.35 miles and park at a gate. The walk begins behind the gate.