Cashmere is one stop along the spectacular, 400-mile Cascade Loop Scenic Highway. And it’s our favorite stop. Surrounded by canyons, each offering a unique perspective of the valley, Cashmere is a part of the Cascade-Leavenworth Foothills portion of the loop. Once here in Cashmere, take a right after the railroad tracks on Aplets Way, on to Sunset Highway and take a left off Sunset onto Pine Flats Loop Road to view the orchards and Cascade Mountains beyond. Another nice drive is up Yaksum Canyon Road, Mission Creek Road, or Brender Canyon Road, which are all on the south end of town. Off Highway 2, Nahahum Canyon and Ollala Canyon are also beautiful drives.
Balsamroot, with its bright yellow blooms, is the first harbinger of spring in North Central Washington, painting the greening hills yellow. Ploxes, from snowy white to delicate pink, and eastern Washington lupines add to the palette of color. Desert parsley, penstemon and violets can also be found peppering the surrounding foothills.
To keep up on the annual bloom, go to Wenatchee Outdoors’ wildflower report.