What do you love about the Wenatchee Foothills? Whether it’s a boisterous grade school field trip, a breathtaking hike among balsamroot, or a biking adventure, share your story or memory (and photos) with us!
Clyde Laughlin shared this anecdote with the Land Trust during the Saddle Rock campaign.
Clyde Laughlin | Class of ‘52, Saddle Rock
In spring 1952, two males had a bright idea to leave the mark of our class and Saddle Rock seemed the obvious place. We spent a couple of weekends surveying the rock and settled on an area about 30 feet below the saddle, a near vertical cliff. It was quite smooth and we decided that would be our canvas. In those days there were surplus stores in Wenatchee selling anything imaginable, including paint and parachute harnesses.
Jimmy Baird Visits Horse Lake
Last October on her 89th birthday I took my mother, Jimmy Baird, to the Horse Lake trail head and she walked up to the viewpoint recently finished by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. She totally enjoyed the visit and the view. Smilingly, she told me that this was not her first visit of the area. Jimmy and the original Mountain Dears hiking group of Wenatchee area ladies have been making this hike, from the Horse Lake Road end to the top of Twin Peaks, pretty regularly as one of their early spring hikes since 1970.
Land Trust Board Member
When we first moved to Wenatchee, I only saw brown when I looked at the Foothills. Then I took my first hike and discovered the beauty of plant diversity – in shades of green, yellow, and silver. The Foothills came alive to me back then, and I never fail to see something new when I spend time there, even today.
My niece and nephew got our family out on the trails after visiting Saddle Rock. They opened our eyes to the spectacular wildflowers that are in our own backyard.
Third Generation Wenatchee Resident
I’m in the Foothills nearly every day, either on my bike during a lunch break or hiking with my family on the weekends. I can’t imagine a better place to live.