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Dry Gulch Preserve

Photo By Frank Cone

Distance: 2 to 8 miles

Time: Varies

Terrain: Dirt trails, dirt roads, gently rolling hills, loops, out-and-backs

Elevation: 1,000 to 1,300 feet

Best time to go: Spring through fall

How to get there: Dry Gulch is located in southwest Wenatchee, just outside the city limits. Head south on Miller Street until it ends at Circle Street, turn right on Circle Street and follow it to the parking lot at the end of the paved road.

Highlights: A former gold mine, the 685-acre preserve is now owned by the Appleatchee Horse Riders club, and is protected by a conversation easement with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. With 5 different trails to choose from, you can create any run distance you desire. With roughly eight miles of loops and out-and-backs, this moderate terrain makes it great for trail running or hiking, regardless of your fitness level. Spring brings vibrant color to the area: arrowhead balsamroot, serviceberry and lupine abound.

Lowlights: There is not much variety in the scenery, and some of the scars of mining the land are still visible. Summer heat makes midday use almost unbearable. Slow to a walk when encountering horses so you don’t spook them.

Things to know: Plan ahead; there are no facilities at the trailhead; although a new trailhead has been designed and is slated to be built soon. No mountain bikes are allowed. Keep your pets leashed and clean up after them. Stay off muddy trails as foot tracks in the mud accelerate erosion.

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