Get out and Walk! Leavenworth has so much natural beauty to offer visitors and locals alike. The Cascade Mountains and Wenatchee National Forest are filled with hikes, rivers, majestic views, and wildlife. These hikes are good for families with children who want to release some energy and save money. They are also fun for friends, couples, and singles to feel rejuvenated and explore some place new.
Icicle Creek Interpretive Trail: This is a one-mile loop trail right outside of downtown Leavenworth. It explores the history, environment, and wildlife of the Leavenworth area. It starts at the Fish Hatchery located two miles up Icicle Road. At the Fish Hatchery you can pick up trail guides and get out for a little nature exploration.
Moderate with Good Views
Fourth of July Trail: This is a steep trail with many switchbacks but offers views of the upper Icicle and Enchantments within the first mile of the hike. This hike is perfect for a quick workout or a place to bring a picnic lunch. Don't be intimidated by the switchbacks, the views are worth the work. To get there, drive through Leavenworth until you reach Icicle Road. Follow this for about 9 miles (past the Fish Hatchery) and look for a small parking area on the right side of the road. The trailhead starts here.
Icicle Ridge Trail: Another steep trail with rewarding views early in the hike. This trail is perfect for the beginning of springtime because it is one of the first trails to become snow free. To find this trail, drive about 1.5 miles up Icicle Road and look for the trailhead on the right hand side.
Difficult but Rewarding
Colchuck Lake: One of the most beautiful day hikes in the local area. Winds around several rivers, provides a view of Stuart Lake and a waterfall, and is a mostly uphill climb. Once you are on the trail, you can follow it to the right to go to Stuart Lake or to the left to continue climbing upwards. During the summertime, be sure to bring your bathing suit because they are lots of good swimming opportunities! To get there, turn on Icicle Road and travel for 8.5 miles. Then turn left onto a dirt road called 7601 with signs towards Colchuck Lake. Follow this road for four miles until you meet the trailhead.
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