Chelan County PUD, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coordinate the winter trail closure to protect wintering mule deer and other wildlife. The seasonal closure will be monitored and enforced.
The annual trail closure to protect habitat for wintering mule deer and other wildlife affects all lands owned by Chelan PUD and CDLT that are located between Number 1 Canyon and Horse Lake Road, including the trail system managed by CDLT in that area.
The PUD owns about 960 acres in the heart of the Sage Hills and manages the area as a wildlife preserve as required by its federal license to operate Rock Island Dam.
Plans are to reopen the trail to hikers and bicyclists on April 1, 2014, if habitat conditions allow.
Until the Sage Hills Trail reopens, hikers and mountain bikers are encouraged to use the Apple Capital Loop Trail, Saddle Rock, Dry Gulch and the Jacobson Preserve trails. A trail map showing alternative routes is posted on the CDLT website.