Wenatchee Confluence State Park

Camping is not on the mind of most RVers this time of year, but it really is the best time to start planning your RV excursions for next spring and summer as the choice campsites are likely to get booked early in the New Year.

One great option for an RV getaway is Wenatchee Confluence State Park.

One of the Campground Loops

The park is located at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers at the north end of Wenatchee, Washington. It is a popular destination for active RVers to camp as it provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, geocaching, playing sports (volleyball, tennis and basketball courts along with baseball fields), hiking, but most importantly, bicycling!

The acclaimed Apple Capital Loop Trail crosses through the west side of the park.

Mile 0 on the Apple Capital Loop Trail

From the park, the 10-mile loop trail traverses along both sides of the Columbia River passing over three bridges, through several beautiful riverfront parks, the Horan Natural Area and past an interesting public market.

Meandering Section of the Trail

While the 10 mile loop trail may sound like a great time for those in their 30’s and 40’s, walking or bike riding that distance might seem a little daunting for those of us in the over 50 crowd. However, our fears can be easily alleviated with the use of an E-bike. With the advancements in lithium battery technology in recent years, the sales of e-bikes are booming. While most advertisements depict the younger crowd utilizing e-bikes, aging RVers need to take note as e-bikes serve as a way to flatten hills, reduce grades and lengthen the distance as to how far one can pedal during a daylong adventure.

One of the Many Stops Along the Way

PIM bikes are one of many pedal assist bikes on the market and we were lucky enough to have been able to borrow a couple during our stay at the park. The bikes effortlessly transported us up 6% grades, off side trails to geocaches, over the bridges and around the entire loop while using less than half the battery capacity, allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the parks, pubic market and other points of interest along the way. We also really appreciated the peace of mind knowing the bikes could get us back to the RV even if our legs couldn’t.

E-Bikes Make Easy Work of Grades Like This

Starting the trail from the campground is super convenient as you can just get on and go! Upon returning you can park the bikes, plop in your lounge chair under your RVs patio awning, grab a cold beverage and enjoy the lush green surroundings of the campground.

The Campground is a Great Place to Start Your Ride

The park’s 60 campsites (52 full hookups, 8 standard) are very popular so be sure to reserve now before the New Year rush. Individual campsites are reservable from April 1 - September 30 and are first come, first served the rest of the year.

Both Washington State Parks and PIM Bicycles will be exhibiting at the 2019 Seattle RV Show, February 7th – 10th at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The Seattle RV Show is the premier RV show in the Pacific Northwest showcasing everything RVing, including over 60 hours of informational seminars.

More Information:

The Park: Visit the Wenatchee Confluence State Parks website.

Scenic Views Abound

PIM Test Rides:  PIM welcomes RVers of every age to test ride one of their bicycles. While it is unlikely you can convince them to deliver one to your State Park campsite in Wenatchee, they will deliver one to your doorstep in the greater Seattle area via their mobile showroom. Visit the PIM website to schedule a test ride.  Who knows, after a test ride, maybe one (or two) will end up under your Christmas tree this year.

Riders of All Ages Enjoy the Trail

Note: If you are a motorhome owner that doesn’t have or want a dinghy, an e-bike is a great alternative. You can always find a free parking space in the busiest cities.

Rentals: Bikes can be rented trailside from Arlberg Sports located at the Pybus Market.

Trail: Tripadvisor rates the Apple Capital Loop Trail #1 of 21 things to do in Wentachee. Click here for information on the trail. If you are up for an even longer ride, consider turning onto the paved Rocky Reach trail and head 5.5 miles upriver to Lincoln Rock State Park.

History buffs will enjoy several historic points of interest along the trail:

- The old highway bridge is the south trail crossing of the Columbia River. This was the first highway bridge over the Columbia River in the United States and one of the oldest known surviving highway cantilevers through truss bridges in the United States.

Historic Highway Bridge

- Pybus Public Market is housed in a historic building which started as a small blacksmith shop and grew into one of the major industries in Wenatchee under the leadership of a very resourceful E.T. Pybus.

Geocaches: Dozens of geocaches lay hidden along the trail, providing one more activity to enjoy while riding around the loop. Geocaching.com

Rules: Know where you can and can’t ride an e-bike

- Check here for current e-bike guidelines in Washington State.

- Federal: Under a 2002 Federal law, any e-bicycle with a 750-Watt (1 hp) or lower motor that stops providing power beyond 20 mph is legally considered the same as a normal bicycle.

Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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