In recent years, development has threatened or eliminated access to areas in the foothills that local people have enjoyed for decades. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust stepped forward to implement the community’s goal to protect the habitat, vistas, and public access that define the western edge of Wenatchee.
The foothills are a valuable community asset that requires management and stewardship. We have taken the lead on guaranteeing sustainable access through properly built and maintained trails, developed trailheads, diverse community partnerships, and by buying critical properties.
With the support of hundreds of volunteers, we are working to turn the current web of informal trails into a sustainable trail system. We are extremely fortunate to have large areas of public lands in our foothills, as well as many private landowners who willingly let people cross their lands. From Horse Lake Reserve in the northern section of the foothills to Saddle Rock Natural Area at the south, there are now secured access points to wander though wildflowers and shrub-steppe. The Wenatchee Foothills Trails offers our community the opportunity to experience and connect with nature only minutes from our homes and places of work. Stop by the Land Trust at 18 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee for a full-sized map or pick one up at Foothills trailheads. The map is accessible with the Avenza App here.
The Wenatchee Foothills Trails
Click on the links below for more information about trails in each area.