PUD: Stay off Sage Hills and let mule deer migrate

Submitted on Fri, 03/26/2021 - 13:50

WENATCHEE — Chelan County PUD is reminding hikers to stay off of Sage Hills and Horse Lake trails in order to let mule deer migrate. The trails are scheduled to reopen April 1.

Deer need to feed in the foothills after losing fat over the winter, the utility said in a news release.

“We are really hoping folks can hold off for just two more weeks,” PUD senior wildlife biologist Von Pope said in the release.

Other Foothills trails are now open, including Saddle Rock, Jacobson Preserve and Castle Rock. The main road at Dry Gulch is also open, but side trails remain closed until April 1, according to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.

The PUD will monitor trail conditions and deer count in anticipation of the tentative April 1 reopening date.