The public access points have limited or no amenities, and limited maintenance keeping them clean. Please be respectful of neighbors, keep your dogs leashed, pick up after them, and pack out all your trash. The Horse Lake Trailhead is the only one with a toilet (vault toilet).
Horse Lake Reserve Trailhead: From the intersection of Wenatchee Avenue and Horselake Road at the north end of Wenatchee, drive west (uphill) on Horselake Road. Follow the road for one mile (please drive slow and be respectful of the residential neighborhoods); the pavement ends where the Balsamroot trail access parking is.
Continue to drive another 2.4 miles up the primitive portion of Horselake Road and park in the parking lot on the right, or just past there along the side of the road if the parking lot is full. The gravel road to the trailhead has tight switchbacks, is prone to washboard, and is extremely dangerous in wet weather – please use caution and drive carefully (watch out for bicyclists!). The parking lot has a vault toilet, picnic tables, and kiosk with a trail map. The Sage Hills trail begins directly south of the trailhead parking, next to the basalt columns, and connects all the way to the Sage Hills Gateway access point. The parking lot and the vault toilet here were built by the Land Trust in 2009.
Balsamroot Trail Access: You can also reach the Sage Hills Trail via the Balsamroot Trail. Follow Horse Lake Road to the end of the pavement and park in the gravel pullout on the north side of the road. Walk another 50 feet or so west to the beginning of Balsamroot Trail next to a power pole on the south side of the road – you will see a small kiosk. Head southwest on the Balsamroot Trail, climbing gradually along steep slopes. Meet the Sage Hills Trail after 2.5 miles.
Sage Hills Gateway Trail Access: 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 the junction with Sage Hills Dr. There is a small gravel pull-off that can accommodate 7 or 8 cars if users park efficiently on the right (north) side of Number One Canyon Road. After parking, walk north along Sage Hills Drive the remaining 0.2 miles to the trail, staying to the right at the junction with Austin Ct.
If this small lot is full, do not park along any of the residential streets (Sage Hills Dr., Number One Canyon). Instead, return to 5th St. to the designated striped parking areas (east of N. Surry Ave intersection) and walk to the trailhead. Parking on residential side streets in not allowed and violators may be ticketed.
Day Drive Trailhead Access: Drive west (uphill) on Fifth Street 0.6 mile past its intersection with Western Avenue. Turn right on N Surry Ave and, after 150 yards, take the first left onto Lester Road. Drive west (uphill) about 300 yards and take the first right on Day ROAD N. After about 100 yards, take the first left on Day DRIVE N, which curves to the right (north) after about 150 yards. Just before the pavement ends, 50 yards from the curve, enter a small parking lot on the left owned and maintained by the City of Wenatchee in partnership with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.
Note that this parking lot has an automatic gate that is closed by a timer at 7 pm. If this small lot is full, do not park along any of the residential side streets (Day Dr., Lester Rd, Surry). Instead, return to Fifth Street and park in the designated striped parking areas and walk to the trailhead. Parking on residential side streets in not allowed and violators may be ticketed.
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Parking is extremely limited at the Sage Hills Gateway Trail Access. If the lot is full, please head to one of the three other access points listed in the driving directions below.