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A Trail for Every Runner: Five options for a variety of levels


The Ski Hill Trails north of Leavenworth have playful ups and downs that offer a challenge for runners.

Runners in North Central Washington are lucky. If we can survive patches of ice in the winter, we’re rewarded in the spring with so many trails opening up that we could quit our day jobs and run full time.

We came up with five trails to suit runners of various abilities and time commitments, but we could have easily picked other ones in the region that are equally worthy. So, use this list as a starting point, and then go explore other trails, from Stevens Pass to Chelan in the north, and from Blewett Pass to Moses Lake in the south.


The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail offers a smooth path through several parks along the riverfront.


The Ski Hill Trails is a good place to run during the summer because the foliage offers welcome shade.


The basalt cliffs loom over part of the trail in the Ancient Lakes area southwest of Quincy.


Elevation gain in the 1,700-acre Horse Lake Reserve is gradual, making it a less demanding experience for trail runners.


The Enchantments pose a demanding run through breathtaking alpine terrain.

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