Blizzards, Rain and Mud, about time for a trip to Sage Hills
From the Got Singletrack! Archives by Erik A » Mon May 2, 2011 7:21 pm
Around March – April timeframe after a winter of riding in less than ideal conditions. I get to the point where we really need to go ride some where the trails are dry there are no tree’s and most importantly lots of SUN! For years we’ve made the 240 mile round trip trek to Cowiche Canyon. The views were ok and it did fill the void we had for dry trails and Sun. Last year I heard many good things about Sage Hills and just wasn’t able to fit it in.
This spring after only back on the bike for two months, I am feeling good on the climbs and doing ok on Endurance now. Figured it was time for a trip to Wenatchee and explore Sage Hills. Put out the call for a recommended route and Ray replied with an offer to guide us around. Great!
So, 7 of us we made the 125 mile trek to Wenatchee for a guided tour around some great trails. The climbs are not overall steep, great views with some of the mountains still covered in snow. The trails are hard like concrete offering great traction. All the trail users are super friendly, I’d say on par with the trail users in Bend. Even received some compliments coming down Homestead from hikers telling me I was looking good. We also had plenty of sun with perfect temps not too hot or too cold. When it did start to feel hot it seemed like a cool breeze would kick in just at the right time. We covered 14 miles and 2200’ of elevation gain.
No injuries and only one mechanical, lost bolt to rear brake caliper, zip ties to the rescue.
Thanks again Ray for leading us around. We’ll be back to check out the area some more in the Fall, now for some of the photos of our trip.
Short little climb to the start of the trail. We started on Lester.
Let the climbing begin.
About this point on the trail we have views.
Looking back on the first climb
Parts of this trail remind me of Sun Vally. This section was fun you come down one side then climb up over the other. It is not that bad of a climb.
From this point we could see the snow covered mountains. Along with views back into Wenatchee. From here we rode or more like coasted to the Horse Lake Trail Head. The trail sweeps left and right with small berms, it was great fun.
At the Horse Lake Trail Head we rode up to another view point that gives you a great 360 view of the area.
This is the last of my photos as this is where we rode up to the start of Homestead. This road starts off innocent enough gradual climb and eventually becomes an overgrown trail that gets gradually steeper as you progress. It is well worth the effort to ride Homestead. Fantastic job by the Central Washington Chapter of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on all the trails we rode on Sunday.