June 3, 2012
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Location: Icicle Ridge Trail 1570, just outside Leavenworth, WA
Region: Central Cascades – Leavenworth Area
Agency: Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth District
From Highway 2, Just past milepost 99 & before you enter Leavenworth, take a right on Icicle Road. Continue 1.4 miles to the Icicle Ridge trailhead sign. Turn right & then make a quick left.
Guide books and Maps
Green Trails Leavenworth 178
NW Trail Pass required
Highest point: 3000′
Length: 5.0 total miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Dogs allowed on leash
The Icicle Ridge Trail is in excellent condition. The trail is completely dry and free of blow downs. The two small stream crossing supply water but they come in the first third of the hike. The tread is smooth and makes for easy hiking.
What to expect:
You can expect to find beautiful views of the Leavenworth area on the Icicle Ridge Trail. The trail climbs at a moderate incline the whole 2.5 miles to the ridge. There are roughly 18 switchbacks. Along the way you’ll see wildflowers, rivers, waterfalls, mountain views, birds and wildlife.
The hike is a wonderful trek that requires a moderate effort for most but the reward is well worth it. It can be busy on the weekends so expect to see a lot of other hikers. The parking lot fills up fast.
Bring plenty of water as most of the climb is in the sun and an extra layer as the ridge is exposed and the temperature can drop as you go up. It can also be quite windy on top.