Photo by Ben Brooks
Levigne office, called the Apple Capital Loop Trail a
“tremendous asset to our valley.
“Thousands of people who live here love it because it
gives them a great place to walk, run, bike and skate.
We also get lots of visitors who use it.” Wenatchee is
about 120 miles from Seattle on the east side of the
Cascade Mountains in the heart of the state’s apple-growing region.
She said the asphalt trail, which totals nearly 18 miles
with recent extensions, goes through downtown
Wenatchee and then loops out into the countryside
along the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers. Parks along
the trail are often filled with picnickers, walkers, Frisbee
players, yoga classes and other recreational users.
She said many sellers use their locations near the trail to
market their homes.
“Some people may not want to live close to the trail
because it brings more people, but others think proximity to the path is a great thing,” she said. “People say one
of the reasons they moved here is because of the trail.”
Kraft said business has boomed along the trail in recent
years too, noting the conversion of an old fruit warehouse into a successful restaurant. In addition, she said
the Pybus Public Market — which she described as a
smaller version of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market —
opened a few years back in a former steel manufacturing
plant near the trail on North Worthen Street and within
a stone’s throw of Riverside Park on the Columbia River.
“The market has been a big hit, offering everything from
produce and meat — including pheasant, duck and frogs
legs — works by artists, music and food. It’s now considered one of the best public markets in the Northwest
and people can walk or bike to it on the trail.”
Apple Capital Loop Trail in Wenatchee, Wash.
Photos by Gene Bisbee