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Cascade Park Wenas Wildlife Area

Central Washington > Yakima
46.9035, -120.8054 Map & Directions
Length
4.0 miles, (type not yet set)
Elevation Gain
1000 feet
Highest Point
3000 feet
View from the ridge above Cascade Park Full-size image

A popular camping and birding spot, this area is best known for its free (with Discover Pass) camping, but has some nice hiking options as well. Continue reading

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass
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Hiking Cascade Park Wenas Wildlife Area

Cascade Park (also known as Cascade Camp, Wenas Camp, and Wenas-Audubon Camp) is primarily a large dispersed camping area located next to Wenas Creek on the Green Dot Road System of the Wenas Wildlife Area. The campsites are free, first-come/first-served with Discover Pass required. The camping area is large with multiple Green Dot Roads crossing it, and three CXT toilets available (spaced out across the large area). The area is great for wildlife viewing and is a popular birding hot spot (with an annual event hosted by the Audubon Society at this location each Memorial Day weekend). 

There are not official hiking trails in the area, but hiking is permitted along Green Dot Roads (open to recreational vehicle travel) and closed roads (closed to motorized use), and additionally cross-country travel is relatively easy in the open parkland near the camping area, both along Wenas Creek and accessing the ridgelines near the campground. The area is managed for high wildlife values and to protect wintering wildlife, so access is gated approximately 1 mile from Cascade Camp from December 15 - May 1 each year. Parking is extremely limited when the gate is closed, and vehicle turn-around is difficult. Once the gate is open for the season, access is fairly easy for vehicles with decent ground clearance. Smaller passenger vehicles may have difficulty, particularly when the roads are wet and muddy. 

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead
  • Accessible toilet

More information about toilets

Wheelchair Accessibility

Portions of the Green Dot road system and even some of the closed-to-motorized-use roadbeds are wheelchair accessible (soft-surface or gravel). The off-trail ridgeline hikes are not wheelchair accessible.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Cascade Park Wenas Wildlife Area

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.9035, -120.8054 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Wenas, Washington, travel 2.4 miles west on Audubon Road. Bear left and cross North Fork Wenas Creek on the bridge. A large kiosk with camping information is located just beyond the bridge, along with the first of three CXT toilets located in the camping area. Continue on either fork of the road in the large flat between North Fork Wenas Creek and Dry Creek, with multiple campsites available for first-come, first-served camping (with Discover Pass). 

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Washington > Yakima

Cascade Park Wenas Wildlife Area (#0)

Wenas Wildlife Area, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Guidebooks & Maps

https://www.avenzamaps.com/maps/1263439/wenas-green-dot-road-map

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