Horse Lake Road, trailhead, and trails open.
This 1,500-acre reserve represents a critical piece of protected open lands in the Wenatchee Foothills. Wildlife can move from mountains to the valley. Mule deer will always find a winter haven here. People can hike or bike for miles on trails that start right out the city’s back door.
Length: 2.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 944 ft
This trail leaves the Lone Fir Spur and climbs up to meet the Old Ranch Road. It has sweeping views up and down the Wenatchee River Valley from the river confluence to the Enchantments.
Garrity Memorial Bench
Length: 600 ft
Elevation Gain: 40 ft
This short spur takes off north of the saddle from the highest point of the Homestead trail, climbing a short route to the top of a knoll with spectacular views of Glacier Peak and the lower portions of the Horse Lake, including the homestead ranches. Best of all, a bench in honor of conservation champion Dennis Garrity invites you to rest and take in the scenery.
Length: 0.15 miles
Elevation Gain: about 100 ft
A short gravel path from the Horse Lake Trailhead leading to great views of the Wenatchee River Valley with interperative signs and benches at the top.
Length: 0.85 miles
Elevation Gain: 152 ft
A short loop right off the Horse Lake Trailhead perfect for introducing kids to the joy of hiking and biking.
Length: 2.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1130 ft
The Old Ranch Road leaves the trailhead and passes by the old barn the original homesteaders used. The road make a nice loop with the Homestead Trail and ends in what is left of an old, dry-land apricot orchard.
Length: 1.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 520 ft
This trail is in the upper elevations of the Horse Lake Reserve and meanders through wildflowers patches and big fir trees, and has great views of the Cascade mountains. About a quarter mile beyond where the Homestead Trail connects with the Old Ranch Road, you will see the Apricot Crisp trail take off to the left, just before you enter a big open field. It will reconnect with an old road after about a mile; follow this road about 300 yards uphill (to the left), and the trail will take off again on the right side of the road.
Length: 2 miles
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
This is a 2 mile trail with 500 feet of total elevation difference between either end, connecting to the bottom end of Apricot Crisp near the old Horse Lake bed, and also to the ranch road just above the old ranch homesteads.