Distance: 2 to 8 miles
Terrain: Dirt trails, single-track, loop, out-and-back
Elevation: 1,100 to 1,750 feet; overall elevation will vary
Best time to go: Spring through fall. Trails are closed to the public December 1 to March 31.
How to get there: From downtown Wenatchee, drive west on Fifth Street, which turns into Number One Canyon Road. There is a small, unmarked parking lot on the right corner of Number One Canyon Road and Sage Hills Drive. Ride north a quarter mile to the Lester trailhead. Other Sage Hill trailheads are found in residential areas off of Horselake Road, Maiden Lane, and Day Road.
Highlights: Sage Hills offers a series of loops and spur trails that allow you to create as short or long a ride as you’d like. Rolling hills offer wonderful views of the Columbia River and the Wenatchee Valley. Spring brings vibrant color to the area: arrowhead balsamroot, serviceberry and lupine abound.
Lowlights: Lester Trail climbs rather steeply in the first half mile so some bikers may find themselves walking and pushing their bikes. The trail flattens out eventually. There are many trails that have been closed for rehabilitation. Be sure to stick to open trails only, and kindly share them with hikers and trail runners.
Things to know: Park efficiently as the dirt lot is small and only accommodates seven to eight vehicles. No fee or pass required. Plan ahead; there are no facilities at the trailhead. Stay off muddy trails as tire tracks in the mud accelerate erosion.