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.
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.
Cashmere Canyons Preserve is a stunning landscape of expansive views, carpets of wildflowers, and sweeping views from the Columbia River to the high Cascades.
Locals in Leavenworth only have to look up to know the value of Land Trust’s Mountain Home property. The property’s forested hillsides, dramatic post-fire ecology, and open ridgelines provide amazing views from the valley, instead of the eight houses that were planned.
E. Lorene Young had cherished her 3.5 acre property since 1947. She shared the Wenatchee riverfront property in Leavenworth with the birds that frequented her feeders, as well as the deer, occasional black bear, and other wildlife seen regularly on this beautiful property.
In 1994 it came to public attention that 320 acres of land in and adjacent to the Glacier Peak Wilderness were planned for logging followed by housing development. The parcels were located along the very popular hiking trail to Spider Meadow at the head of the Chiwawa valley, near Lake Wenatchee.
Hikers, runners, and bikers in the Wenatchee Valley have long known that the foothills provide amazing recreation and scenery. But in 2001, development threatened access to this local resource. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust responded with the Save the Sage campaign, rallying local support to preserve this community asset.