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Sage Hills

Central Washington

Location

Central Washington -- Wenatchee
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Length

5.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.

Rating

3.12 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

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 parking area is quite small. 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. Keep your pets leashed and clean up after them. Stay off muddy trails as foot tracks in the mud accelerate erosion.

 

Sage Hills

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4293, -120.3684 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

Chelan-Douglas Land Trust

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Getting There

The public access points have limited or no amenities, and limited maintenance keeping them clean. The Horse Lake Trailhead is the only one with a toilet (vault toilet).

Horselake Road Trailhead: From the intersection of Wenatchee Avenue and Horselake Road at the north end of Wenatchee, drive west (uphill) on Horselake Road. In one mile, the pavement ends and you can use a pullout on the right to park (good place for mountain bikers or trail runners wanting a longer route). Or drive another 2.3 miles up Horselake Road and use the parking lot (on the right) that's on the opposite side of the road from the trail. The parking lot and the vault toilet here were built by the Land Trust in 2009.

Lester Trail Parking: Drive west (uphill) on Fifth Street past its intersection with Western Avenue. In 0.7 miles, the road hooks hard to the left (south) and becomes Number One Canyon Road. Go another 0.4 miles to where Sage Hills Road splits off to the right. Park here on the right (north) side of Number One Road. There is a small gravel pull-off that can accommodate 7 or 8 cars if users park efficiently. After parking, walk an extra 0.2 miles to the Lester Trail which starts from the end of Sage Hills Road.

Day Road Access: Drive west (uphill) on Fifth Street 0.6 mile past its intersection with Western Avenue. Turn right on Surry and, after 150 yards, turn left on Lester Road. Drive uphill about 200 yards and turn right on Day Road. Follow Day Road as it makes a few right-angle turns, first to the left, then to the right. Just before the pavement ends and before all the ‘Stay Out’ signs, enter a small parking lot on the left owned by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. Note that this parking lot has an automatic gate that is closed by a timer at 7 pm.

Maiden Lane Entrance: From the north end of Western Avenue turn west onto Maiden Lane and head uphill into the Broadview residential development. Follow Maiden Lane as it twists and turns for nearly a mile until the pavement ends. The trail takes off from the end of the road. Because there is no official parking area and no amenities here, this access is best suited for people who walk, run, or ride here. If you do drive, don’t park at the end (this focuses all the vehicular traffic and hassles on a few local residents). Randomly park along Maiden Avenue (this is legal) and walk an extra quarter or third of a mile to the end of Maiden Lane.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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