Foothills North Natural Area’s 382 acres of shrub steppe habitat provides stunning views of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers, vital homes for wildlife, and an important trail connection.
Comprised of two CDLT-protected properties, Blue Sage, protected in 2008, and Broadview Heights, protected in 2012, Foothills North is now owned by the City of Wenatchee. These two properties combine like puzzle pieces with the Land Trust's Broadview Canyon and Horse Lake Reserve, as well as the Chelan PUD's Home Water Wildlife Preserve and public lands to complete a contiguous block of nearly 4,000 acres of habitat and recreation lands in the Wenatchee Foothills. Both Broadview Heights and Blue Sage were burned intensely in the 2015 Sleepy Hollow Fire, but the shrub steppe habitat is showing good signs of recovery.
After being awarded funding through the State Recreation and Conservation Office's Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, the City of Wenatchee was able to acquire these two properties through a partnership with the Land Trust and protect them as a City Natural Area for their wildlife habitat and public access opportunities. Situated just beyond the urban growth boundary, the property, like much of the Wenatchee Foothills, was vulnerable to poorly planned development. Now, it is open for the enjoyment of all, showcased by the Balsamroot Trail that traverses the lower portion of the property and connects to the existing Sage Hills trail system to the south.
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Length: 2 miles from trailhead to the connection with the Sage Hills Trail above the Maiden Lane trailhead
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Follow this gradual trail on steep slopes from the parking area at the end of the pavement on Horse Lake Road to its connection with the Sage Hills Trail above Maiden Lane. Volunteers planted over 1,800 sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings here after the 2015 Sleepy Hollow Fire.