City to purchase three former mining parcels to enhance Saddle Rock access

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WENATCHEE — The city of Wenatchee could spend about $185,000 this week to buy three pieces of former mining land around Saddle Rock.

The 122-acre purchase would have to be approved Thursday by the city council. One of the parcels includes part of the existing Saddle Rock trail; another contains the northwest face of the Rooster Comb formation.

The purchase is part of the ongoing remediation of old mining work around Saddle Rock. Once the land is acquired, the city plans to get $44,000 back in an agreement to sell two of the new parcels — about 87 acres total — to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust for sageland conservation.

City officials say the purchase would create a link between the Saddle Rock Gateway parking and trailhead, the Saddle Rock formation itself, and the Dry Gulch Preserve, providing public access to both sites. It would also act as a set-aside, as required by state conservation regulations, to replace pristine property now being developed for the Castlerock Avenue Road extension.