130 – Sage Hills

The drive up the narrow, steeply rutted Horselake Road, twisting sharply as it climbed up the very edge of Sage Hill made it feel like quite an adventure just to reach the trailhead. Right from the beginning of this hike, the views of the Wenatchee Valley below were wonderful, getting even better as the trail continued to take us even higher.

Sage Hills Trail System
Sage Hills Trail System

Scars remain from the wildfires that ravaged these hills in 2010 and again last fall. Often seeming harshly obvious by the contrast of the bright and cheery arrow leaf balsam root blooms next to the bare, charred remains of what was once a field of sage brush. Sometimes even our footsteps stirred up the charred aroma left over from those fires.

Arrow Leaf Balsam Root blooms by wildfire ravaged sage brush
Arrow Leaf Balsam Root blooms by wildfire ravaged sage brush

As mentioned before, the views, great from the start continued to get even better the higher we hiked. He’s pointing out Icicle Ridge in Leavenworth where we had hiked just two days before (see Hike #33 – Icicle Ridge) in this photo.

Pointing out Icicle Ridge
Pointing out Icicle Ridge

More information about hiking the Sage Hills Trails and the many different options for access can be found on the Wenatchee Outdoors website, here – http://www.justgetout.net/Wenatchee/15503.

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