Trail Open

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.

NOTE: NO DOGS or BIKES allowed on this private preserve.

Dry Gulch LLC, an offshoot of Appleatchee Riders, partnered with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust to develop a conservation easement on 685 acres comprised of shrub-steppe and native bunchgrass, reclaimed mining lands, winter wheat fields, and retired grazing pastures.

Burts Trail meanders from the former location (now just the foundation is left) of the Burts’ family homestead barn at Horse Lake Reserve and connects to the lower end of Glacier View Trail. It provides unique views to the north of Burch Mountain and the open spaces of the northern portion of the Reserve.

This is a great area where you can make your trip as short or as long as you like.

The main loop follows Mountain Home Road to the top of a saddle and has great views of Wedge Mountain and the Enchantments.

Please drive slowly and carefully, traveling to/from the trailhead. 

The Jacobson family left a permanent legacy to the Wenatchee community when it donated 35 acres of prime shrub-steppe habitat in the Wenatchee Foothills to the Land Trust.

This is a 2 mile trail with 500 feet of total elevation difference between either end, connecting to the bottom end of Apricot Crisp near the old Horse Lake bed, and also to the ranch road just above the old ranch homesteads.




This trail is in the upper elevations of the Horse Lake Reserve and meanders through some wonderful wildflower patches, big fir trees, viewpoints of the Cascade Mountains, and birding territory. The trail can be reached by following the Old Ranch Road from the gate, or by taking Homestead Trail to where it connects to the Old Ranch Road.

Stop by and see the old barn as you travel the road used to manage the farm for many, many years.



A short gravel path to great views of the Wenatchee River Valley with interperative signs and benches at the top.