The foothills to the west of Wenatchee are important year-round. In the spring, summer, and fall, these sunny slopes provide easily accessible trails for hiking, biking, and exploring. Now, as we transition to winter, these slopes become a vital refuge for mule deer. It’s time for us to make room in the foothills for wildlife and shift our recreation to the many alternative areas we have available to us.
Because this area is so important for winter mule deer range, there is a seasonal closure from December 3 to April 1.
*NOTE: Horse Lake Road will be closed to all motorized vehicle traffic starting Friday, November 30. This means parking will be limited to Sage Hills Drive, Day Drive, Maiden Lane, and the end of the pavement on Horse Lake Rd. Horse Lake Reserve trails may be accessed via Sage Hills trails or by bike or foot on Horse Lake Road over the first weekend in December.
Dry Gulch Preserve will be open this winter to non-motorized recreation on the main road only, from the entrance up to (not including) the dam. All single-track trails on the preserve are closed Dec. 1 until April 1 to protect winter wildlife habitat and to prevent trail damage. The Dry Gulch Board of Directors will assess conditions periodically, and consider opening these single-track trails if conditions allow. Closure information will be posted at the Saddle Rock parking area. Biking and all motorized recreation are not allowed at any time on this property.
These areas remain open for recreation year-round: