EPHRATA — Looming above the town of Ephrata, the Beezley Hills Preserve provide a bounty of trails to explore the overlooking landscape, as well as everything that stretches out below them.
Beezley Hills is home to 22 mountain bike and hiking trails that circle and intersect across the land for visitors to explore. Trails range from less than a quarter-mile all the way up to more than three miles, There are choices for anyone who visits, depending on what they’re looking for.
A pair of trailheads just outside of Ephrata offer different options and scenery for hikers and mountain bikers each time they visit. While the trails vary in difficulty and terrain, visitors can expect a climb, especially if they wish to reach the highest points inside the preserve. Those who do so will be rewarded with the views. Rolling views across the Beezley Hills, outlooking views across farms to the south, and even a peak towards the Cascades can be seen to the west by those who make the journey.
Washington Trails Association cites the elevation gain at 400 feet, with the highest point in the area at 1,750 feet. Trails are lined in many areas with sagebrush, with a number of wildflowers popping up along the hills in Spring. Visitors can make the hike up towards the radio tower, which sits alone amongst the hills, or merely enjoy the open space among the rolling hillside.
The area has become very well known for its biking trails, hosting the annual Beezley Burn every year, an eight-mile mountain biking trek through the area. The event took place in late April this year.
Signs are located at both trailheads mapping out all the various paths that can be taken around the area, including difficulty. Information on parking, parks, water fountains and other areas of note can also be found on the signs as well.