Just adjacent to the equally popular Horse Lake Reserve, the Sage Hills is home to great trails for hiking, running, or mountain biking. The rolling hills found at Sage Hills offer wonderful views of the Columbia River, the Wenatchee Valley and the North Cascades. Springtime brings vibrant color to the area with wild sage, yellow arrowleaf balsamroot, Indian paintbrush and purple lupine abound.
Single track dirt trails lead over, around and through beautiful rolling hills. These open to the public April 1, after the worst of the winter rains are over in order to prevent erosion and protect winter wildlife habitat. This is because Sage Hills is part of The Foothills, an area of shrub-steppe located just outside of the Wenatchee city limits, and managed by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. Trails in The Foothills north of 5th Street are closed from December 1 - April 1, while trails south of 5th Street are open year round.
When you visit, be sure to consider other vehicles since the Sage Hills parking area is quite small. There are several other ways to access the Sage Hills area, outlined in the driving directions below. Note that vehicles parked in No Parking zones will be ticketed.
Additionally, keep in mind summer heat; if you're visiting in the summer, considering coming in the morning or evening to avoid extreme heat.
There are no fees or passes required at Sage Hills, but plan ahead. There are no facilities at the trailhead, and no opportunities to hide should you need to relieve yourself while hiking. Keep your pets leashed and clean up after them. Stay off muddy trails as foot tracks in the mud accelerate erosion.