Located in Wenatchee, Saddle Rock is one of my favorite hikes.
Visible from almost all locations in town, the rock formations on top resemble a saddle.
From the trailhead at the bottom to its saddle on the top, the hike up Saddle Rock Mountain is a short, but steep, mile and a half. Sometimes feeling like a fast 1,000′ elevation gain as it climbs steadily up the ridgeline, plenty of encouragement along the way comes from the many joggers, families (often with young children) and the volume of other hikers that now frequent this popular recreation area.
From the top of Saddle Rock, the view is spectactular. Surrounded by snow capped mountains all around, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee fill the valley below. Split by the mighty Columbia River, the view of the Wenatche Valley extends from the Rocky Reach Dam almost all the way to the Rock Island Dam.
Before making the steep decent back down that mile and a half long trail, there are plenty of trails to explore once on top of the ridge – and it is always fun to climb around on those massive rocks that form the saddle.
No trail signs are present once past the large sign that marks the trailhead, but the trail is very obvious as it switches back and forth. To get there from downtown Wenatchee, follow Orondo Avenue to Miller Street. Continuing on Miller Street, turn right (west) to follow Dry Gulch Road until just past the Appleatchee Equistrian Center. Parking is available near the gate, and the trail begins on the dirt road just to the other side of that gate.