Wenatchee foothills trail use on the rise | Advocates advise: Let's not 'love one place to death'

Submitted on Mon, 04/12/2021 - 09:00

WENATCHEE — There has been a common theme among trails across the Wenatchee Valley since last year: Growing popularity.

The surge in trail use could mean even larger crowds at popular spots, such as Saddlerock or Colchuck Lake trailheads, according to local outdoor organizations.

“I think everyone’s looking for something to do,” said Wenatchee resident Stacey Hill, who was taking her first hike of the season on Sage Hills this week.

Hill was one of a few hikers out Thursday morning, soaking in the sun while catching first glimpses of wildflowers.

A lot of people have been hiking in the foothills, she said. The parking lots have been full at Saddlerock, “I don’t remember them always being that full.”

Anne Gibbons had just finished mountain biking nearby and agreed with Hill. Saddlerock has just been packed since the COVID-19 pandemic, she said.

“It’s good that people have somewhere to go,” she said. Hopefully everyone can spread out, she said.

 

Read the entire article here in the Wenatchee World.