For a variety of reasons, the Wenatchee Foothills are attracting bigger-than-usual crowds this spring and that has led to illegal parking and other problems.
Spring typically brings a throng of people to the trails, looking for a chance to witness the annual rush of brightly colored lupin, arrowleaf balsamroot and other wildflowers.
But this year, the crowds have been especially heavy, quickly filling parking lots that serve the trail system.
Over the weekend, the Chelan County Sheriff’s office was called out five times to deal with illegally parked vehicles along residential streets above Wenatchee, said Capt. Jason Reinfeld.
Several, citations were issued, he said.
The Sage Hills area off Fifth Street has been especially problematic, said Olivia Schilling stewardship and trails coordinator for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.
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