Wenatchee Valley Scenic Bikeway
The Wenatchee Valley Scenic Bikeway is a proposed bicycle route using scenic county backroads connecting Wenatchee and Leavenworth in central Washington state. For years, bicyclists have been traveling between these communities on small county roads paralleling the Wenatchee River, avoiding the more dangerous and direct route, US Highway 2/97. Because these backroads wind up and down through orchards of apples, pears, and cherries, bicyclists have come to nickname the route "The Fruit Loop".
Due to the increasing popularity of these county roads with cyclists, an effort is currently underway to seek Chelan County's approval to designate an official bicycle route through the Wenatchee Valley. We are also hoping the county will undertake efforts to improve the safety at critical intersections. This effort is being led by The Complete the Loop Coalition, a local volunteer, nonprofit organization that has been successful in funding and developing public trails in the Wenatchee Valley since 1990.
Bicyclists appreciate the many businesses both on and off their routes that are supportive of cyclists. Smart businesses know that not all customers arrive by car. In order to demonstrate that promoting bicycle tourism through backroads and small towns can enhance the economy of the communities involved, we plan to recognize those businesses that support cycling and the Scenic Bikeway using Bike Friendly signage and listing on this website. Please demonstrate your support of bike friendly businesses by looking for the Bike Friendly Business sign on display, clicking on our Supporters link to learn more about this recognition, and demonstrating a thank you when you do business with them.
Views from the Wenatchee Valley backroads popular with cyclists