The Old Wenatchee Bridge is the southern crossing point over the Columbia River on the Apple Capital Loop Trail. It offers great views up and down the river and of both cities too. You can also get a nice view of each city’s backdrop, including Saddle Rock, Castlerock, Fancher Heights, and more.
The Old Wenatchee Bridge, also known to locals as the Pipeline Bridge and officially as the Columbia River Bridge, is significant for another reason too. This is actually quite the historic attraction. While you walk across this bridge, noting that you and your fellow pedestrians are sharing it with a huge irrigation pipeline, you should also know that you are walking on the first road bridge across the Columbia River south of the Canadian border.
The bridge’s original purpose was to carry an irrigation pipeline across the Columbia River, during its days as a road bridge though the pipeline actually sat on the outside of the bridge structure. The bridge opened in 1908 and replaced a ferry that operated near where it stands. It was eventually bought by the Washington Highway Department and used until 1950 when it was replaced by the Senator George Sellar Bridge located immediately to its south. The bridge was then bought by the Wenatchee Reclamation District for the lofty price of one dollar and converted into a pedestrian bridge. In 1982, the Old Wenatchee Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Old Wenatchee Bridge measures in at 1,600 feet long and sits at approximately 85 feet above the water.