usbackroads destination-Glacier View Campground, Lake Wenatchee, Wenatchee National Forest
This campground is named for the view of Glacier Peak. Glacier Peak is Washington's states unknown volcano. It is one of the five major volcanoes in Washington state. It is smack dab in the middle of the Glacier Peak Wilderness and is seldom seen outside of the Wilderness Area. But here at the boat launch you can see it off in the distance. Oh, that handy snag laying in the lake next to the boat launch is actually a Forest Service breakwater. Looks nice, in keeping with the boat launch and campground. Most people do not realize that it was not there naturally!! Well, the breakwater is my favorite part of this campground...maybe the only part.
When I was working for the Forest Service I walked through this campground several times trying to figure out a way to "fix' it given the topography. I finally gave up and suggested to the Ranger District that they remove the campground. Well, I was told that this is a very popular campground and the public would not accept it being closed.
These are the campsites from the "parking area". That is a pretty steep slope down to the tent. Accessibility? Well maybe for a mountain goat family.
And for all this here is the fee board. No that is not a misprint. It is fourteen dollars a day.
But the people keep coming all summer long for that view shown at the top of the blog. If you camp here bring your tent and kayak or canoe. Oh, don't forget the life jackets. The lake does get very windy and the water is very cold. Drownings are common on the lake. Still want to come?? Fishing is poor, except during the sockeye run which happens every two years. Then the lake is covered with boats. In fact, there is a rather poor boat launch at the campground. Good luck during sockeye season.
There are a couple of larger campsites next to the boat launch. You will have plenty of company all day long as people come and go, but a small trailer can fit in one of the sites.