Icicle Ridge Trail

Trail Report from Icicle Ridge Trail.

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

Getting there

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

The Facts:

1800′ gain

Highest point: 3000′

Length: 5.0 total miles

Trail Type: Out-and-back

Dogs allowed on leash


Current Conditions:

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.

Local Groups/Clubs/Outfitters:

WTA.org
Leavenworth.org
Der Sportmans
Leavenworth Mtn Sports

Photos:

Flickr
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