Horse Lake Trails

Trail Condition

Open for hikers, bikers, and equestrian use. Enjoy! 

CDLT staff will be spraying weeds on main road 6/11/2024

This 1,700-acre reserve represents a critical piece of protected open lands in the Wenatchee Foothills. Wildlife can move from the mountains to the valley. Mule deer will always find a winter haven here.

People can hike or bike for miles on trails that start right out of the city’s back door. Please observe posted signage for specific equestrian use.

Homestead Trail

Length: 2.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 944 ft

This trail leaves the Lone Fir Spur and climbs up to meet the Old Ranch Road. It has sweeping views up and down the Wenatchee River Valley from the river confluence to the Enchantments.

Garrity Memorial Bench

Length: 600 ft

Elevation Gain: 40 ft

This short spur takes off north of the saddle from the highest point of the Homestead trail, climbing a short route to the top of a knoll with spectacular views of Glacier Peak and the lower portions of the Horse Lake, including the homestead ranches. Best of all, a bench in honor of conservation champion Dennis Garrity invites you to rest and take in the scenery.

Viewpoint Trail

Length: 0.15 miles

Elevation Gain: about 100 ft

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

Horse Lake Short Loop Trail

Length: 0.85 miles

Elevation Gain: 152 ft

A short loop right off the Horse Lake Trailhead perfect for introducing kids to the joy of hiking and biking.

Old Ranch Road

Length: 2.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 1130 ft

The Old Ranch Road leaves the trailhead and passes by the old barn the original homesteaders used. The road make a nice loop with the Homestead Trail and ends in what is left of an old, dry-land apricot orchard.

Burts Trail

Length: 1.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 480 ft

Burts Trail meanders from the Burts’ family homestead barn (lower) 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.

Apricot Crisp Trail

Length: 1.8 miles

Elevation Gain:  520 ft

This trail is in the upper elevations of the Horse Lake Reserve and meanders through wildflowers patches and big fir trees, and has great views of the Cascade mountains. About a quarter mile beyond where the Homestead Trail connects with the Old Ranch Road, you will see the Apricot Crisp trail take off to the left, just before you enter a big open field. It will reconnect with an old road after about a mile; follow this road about 300 yards uphill (to the left), and the trail will take off again on the right side of the road.

Glacier View Trail

Length: 2 miles

Elevation Gain:  500 ft

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.

From Wenatchee Avenue, head uphill (west) on Horse Lake Road. Follow the road 3/4 of a mile past residential neighborhoods. At this point the road will turn to dirt. After 3 miles, the trailhead will be on the right.

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