VIA THE NORTHERN ACCESS:
Take Skyline Drive west from Wenatchee.
On your left will be a sign for the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club. Make a left and pull in to the parking area away from the facility. There are sign stating that hikers can park there. The WRAC’s indoor facilities are only available to members so please don't attempt to enter the building. Walk Back to Skyline Drive where the trail sign will be on your right.
Map of the Route
A look up at the rock formation from the trailhead Vertical Rock Faces
The basic route from the north and the south are by an excellent series of trails. From the south the route up looks more like a road until one passes Saddle Rock. The last leg of the hike up to the true summit of Saddle Mountain is more of a trail and there is some iffy footing toward the top. The top is also marked by a small rock-crop with a couple of wilted pine trees near the rocks. As mentioned in the overview, the views throughout the hike are very rewarding due to there being no trees.
The summit rock outcrop BearQueen charging up the route
Parking is available from dawn to dusk. Staying significantly after dusk causes you to risk a ticket.
When to Climb
Saddle Rock Mountain can be climbed at any time however each season has its advantages and drawbacks. The perfect time to hike this peak is from mid April to early May when the flowers are out at their peak and the snake season has not really gotten going.
BearQueen struggling with the poor footing on the top part of the trail
Saddle Rock Mountain is probably be best avoided just after a rainstorm and in summer. Most of the serious trail erosion here happens when the trail is very muddy. In summer Wenatchee can easily get over 105 degrees because it is on the lee-side of the Cascade Mountains. Rattlesnakes are out at this time and can be a problem on the trail from late April to early November. Use caution up on Saddle Mountain during this time. Snow does fall here in winter but many times it does not last long. However ice can form on the trail requiring traction devices on hiking boots.
Camping is Prohibited on Saddle Rock.
External LinksArticle on Hiking to Saddle Rock