Castle Rock Natural Area

Annual spring maintenance of the Castle Rock trails to fix erosion damage and trail tread. Volunteers should plan on hiking about 2 miles and using handtools for earthwork. Bring a water bottle, wear sturdy shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather. CDLT will supply all necessary tools and equipment.

Do you love the outdoors? Want to learn more about how to hike safely on our local trails and be prepared? 

Plants and wildflowers add to the beauty of our foothills and improve the air and water quality, enrich and maintain the soil, sustain wildlife and provide humans with food and medicine.

Protection of this property is the culmination of years of effort to protect a key piece of Wenatchee's gorgeous natural backdrop. As with some other Foothills properties, Lower Castle Rock is owned by the City of Wenatchee with a permanent conservation easement held by the Land Trust. Open during daylight hours.

 

 

The 35.7 acre Castle Rock Natural Area is adjacent to Castle Rock, off Castlerock Ave. This property provides safe, legal access to Castle Rock and eventually, to public lands west of Castle Rock.

The trail systems, and access to them, throughout the Wenatchee valley continue to expand, in large part from the efforts of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. After a major capital fundraising campaign, the Land Trust purchased 36 acres at the foot of Castle Rock in west Wenatchee.

You can be a hero. There are many ways. Sometimes it involves using your gifts for the good of your community and its environment, often with no return possible other than personal satisfaction.

In that context, we pause briefly to observe that Betsy Beers and husband Frank Peryea are certainly heroes.

It’s one of the most iconic landmarks of the Wenatchee foothills. For the long history of hiking in our area, Castle Rock has seen little attention from professional trail builders and conservationists. That’s all changed however thanks to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and one local couple.

WENATCHEE — In 2000, Frank Peryea and his wife Betsy Beers made an investment that they knew would not earn them any money.

They bought Castle Rock, the geographical landmark on the city’s western edge.

What they gained was a future for part of the Wenatchee foothills that doesn’t include houses.

The city has agreed to buy lower Castlerock from the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and maintain it for open space and trails.The City Council voted unanimously to buy the roughly 37 acres at the foot of the iconic rock feature west of the city for $270,000 — about half the value of the land. The city received a state grant to cover the cost.