Distance: 2 to 3.5 miles round-trip
Time: 1.5 to 3 hours
Terrain: Dirt trails, steep/steady climb, out-and-back
Elevation: 950 to 1,230 feet gain (top is at 2,000 feet)
Best time to go: Year-round
How to get there: Saddle Rock is accessible from two different trailheads. The start of the main trail is located in southwest Wenatchee. 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. To hike Saddle Rock from the other end, drive to the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club at 1913 Skyline Drive (off Number 2 Canyon Road), and park on the north end of the WRAC lot. Walk back to Skyline Drive and look for the signs for Jacobson Preserve and Saddle Rock trailhead on the right.
Highlights: Saddle Rock is a Wenatchee landmark and a wonder to see and explore up close. Shrub-steppe flora and fauna can be seen along the trail. But the real treat is the panoramic views of the North Cascades to the west, the city and the Columbia River directly below, and the Columbia plateau and Rocky Reach Dam to the east and north.
Lowlights: This is a very popular hike so plan on sharing the trail with others. The trail is rather steep in places so plan extra time if you don’t exercise regularly.
Things to know: There is a porta-john and trash cans at the Circle Street trailhead but no facilities at the Jacobson Preserve trailhead. Keep your pets leashed and clean up after them. Stay off muddy trails as foot tracks in the mud accelerate erosion.