Wenatchee Foothills Trails

A multi-use trail system of moderate difficulty that travels through the rolling foothills and shrub-steppe west of Wenatchee. Enjoy beautiful wildflowers in spring. Trails are open to hikers, bikers, horses, and dogs on a leash. Trails and areas include Balsamroot. Castle Rock, Horse Lkae, Saddle Rock, and Sage Hills.

Getting There

From Wenatchee drive to one of seven parking lots that the trail system. See the land manger (link below) for a map.

On the Trail

Hike the trails in one or more of the ares in this trail system.

  • Balsamroot Trail
  • Castle Rock Trails
  • Horse Lake Trails  which includes Homestead Trail, View Point Trail, Burts Trail, Glacier View Trail, Apricot Crisp Trail, Horse Lake Short Loop Trail, and Old Ranch Road
  • Jacobson Trails
  • Saddle Rock Trails
  • Sage Hill Trails

Sage Hills—Horse Lake Viewpoint Loop

10.6-mile loop, 1,822 feet of elevation gain

The route winds through verdant green rolling hills infused with dewy sage lingering in the morning air and in-season blooming sunflowers and more. It climbs 700 feet over the first 3 miles and then stays high to the Horse Lake Viewpoint before a long descent with views of the Wenatchee River, bottoming out near mile 7 and one last climb (~700 feet) to mile 9.5 and then an easy grade down to the finish. The beauty is short lived, because the flowers wilt quickly in the Eastern Washington summer heat.


  • Be sure to check the land manger (link below) for seasonal and other closures.
  • Carry plenty of water if it's forecast to be a warm day.
  • Wildflowers are abundantly in bloom starting in late April and early May.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Trail Running
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • 800 ft
  • Land Manager: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • see Land Manager
Trip Reports

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  • Balsamroot Trail
  • Dry Gulch
  • Castle Rock
  • Lower Castle Rock
  • Castle Rock Trails
  • Horse Lake
  • Horse Lake Trails
  • Jacobson Trails
  • Saddle Rock
  • Saddle Rock Trails
  • Sage Hills
  • Sage Hills Trails
  • Sage Hills to Horse Lake
  • Sage Hills—Horse Lake Viewpoint Loop

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