Trail is open, but muddy in places and may still be snow-covered at higher elevation. Please avoid using muddy trails to prevent damage.
This trail is in the upper elevations of the Horse Lake Reserve. 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. The trail is in two sections: a lower section that is a mile in length, and an upper section that is 3/4 mile long.
We're proud to invite you to visit our newest addition to the trail system, the Apricot Crisp trail at the Horse Lake Reserve! The trail is just over a mile long, and it meanders through some wonderful wildflower patches, viewpoints of the Cascade Mountains, big fir trees, and birding territory. The trail was built over several weeks this spring by enthusiastic trail volunteers with the Land Trust, with help from RunWenatchee and Central Washington Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
How did Apricot Crisp get its name? The trail was originally designed and slated to be built last fall, connecting the Horse Lake bed to an old apricot orchard higher up in the property. It was going to be a mellow, fun, smooth trail--and so the name was Apricot Smoothie. But when the fires came through in September, the orchard and many other areas were scorched, and building the trail was put off. It seemed appropriate to change the name to Apricot Crisp!
The trail located in the upper portion of the Horse Lake Reserve, and can be reached by following the Old Ranch Road from the gate, or by taking Homestead Trail to where it connects to the Old Ranch Road. About a quarter of a mile past where the Homestead Trail connects to the Old Ranch Road, you'll see the new trail taking off to the left, just before you enter a big open field. Have fun! Please note, at this time we are asking equestrian users to avoid this trail; it needs at least a full season to harden.
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.