After the summer brush fires have abated, here’s a unique hiking/biking destination you might not have thought of: the Wild Horse Wind Farm, Puget Sound Energy's power plantation 18 miles northeast of Ellensburg.
Wild Horse comprises 11,000 acres of sagebrush and gulches under big, blue skies atop Whiskey Dick Mountain, which is dotted with 149 giant wind turbines. It’s private property so you need to register, but the public is invited, and it’s free. You’ll find paved and gravel roads, plus side trails, a sweeping view from higher vantage points of Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier, and a visitor center with informative displays about the local topography and wind-turbine technology.
Wild Horse is open daily at 10 a.m. through November. Read The Seattle Times article.