Castle Rock Natural Area

Join us at Castle Rock to perform annual maintenance on the Castle Rock trail system, and any existing trail infrastructure (trail closure barriers, fences, rock steps). This work will be light to moderate and involve hiking up to 2 miles and using hand tools such as hoes and McLeods along the way.

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 agreement with the Land Trust. Open during daylight hours. 



The Wenatchee Foothills are a local treasure that symbolize why many people live in north central Washington—natural beauty, open space, and unparalleled recreational access just outside city limits. The beautiful, rolling shrub steppe is home to mule deer and Western Meadowlark.

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.