I hadn’t hiked up Saddle Rock since I was about 12 years old (I grew up in Wenatchee). I remember as a kid me and my friends would run straight up the middle of the mountain without having to slow down. Well… times have changed. I much fatter, and in far worse shape. Not only that, but my old man knees have a hard time with all of the hard rock, especially on the way back down.
That being said, my very in shape friend actually ran most of the way up the mountain while I was struggling not to puke from pure exhaustion. Even though this is a very short hike it is VERY steep with very few leveling out points until you reach the top. I probably can’t even count high enough to tell you how many times I had to stop and rest on the way up. Next time I tackle this mountain I’ll make sure I haven’t been eating Dairy Queen and sitting on my ass the entirety of winter.
Needless to say, after almost dying on the side of the mountain, I did make it to the top in time to watch the sun rise. Was definitely worth the effort! Although I went in the spring time, this hike can get very hot in the summer, and you’ll have to watch out for rattlesnakes. If you’re not familiar with the area you’ll want to make sure you stay on the marked path. This use to be a mining area, and there are still pits hiding around the area (some full of the aforementioned snakes). Other than the fear of dying the most horrifying death ever, this is a very quick hike and well worth the trip up to watch the sunrise or sunset, and has an expansive view of the entire city.