With hundreds of miles of forest and mountain trails to walk, bike, backpack, run, or ride, you can bop ‘til you drop around Leavenworth. There are trails offered by local businesses and groups, as well as trails managed by the United States Forest Service. USFS trails vary in length and difficulty so contact the Leavenworth Ranger District (509-548-2550), Forest Service’s Recreation Report, for detailed information.

TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS

Showing 44 trails

Waterfront Park Trail

Waterfront Park Trail is one of Leavenworth's best kept secrets. The trails wind along the Wenatchee River and through quiet riverbank forests. There are benches for sitting and interpretive signs to explain the natural and cultural history of the area. Throughout the park there are small beach inlets that are perfect for swimming on hot summer days. This has also been reported to be a great birding site in the Spring or a place to spot salmon making their upstream journey in the Fall. The trail is accessible from downtown Leavenworth. The trail is completely flat so you can just relax and enjoy the views.
Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 3 miles
Round trip time : 1 hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Lanham lake

This forested lake is not the most spectacular hike in the area but it's a fun jaunt for family picnics. Part of the hike goes under power lines which make an eerie noise like sizzling bacon. The trail is steep and hot so bring water and be sure to have a healthy supply of treats to get your kids to the top. From the Stevens Pass Nordic Center find the Lanham Lake Trail at the main parking area. The trail is easy to follow and well defined. Legend has it that this lake was named after a prospector with the last name of Lanham. In the early 1900's there was a trail leading up to a prospect hole along Lanham Creek. It's suspected that Lanham never got very rich from this claim as the creek was never a very productive mineral source.

Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 4 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Out of Area

Lake Minotaur

This trail only goes one way, up! Get ready to feel your thighs thump as you work your way up to better and better views. The hard work is well worth it though, as you reach the lake. This is one of the most scenic alpine lakes in the area that is accessible within a days climb. The lake was named after Grecian heroes and when you get to the lake you'll know why. The wind-blasted rock that surrounds the lakes reminds one of the salty cliffs found throughout the Greek coast. Lots of great views and swimming opportunities on top. Take your time, explore the foothills, and praise to Zeus and the rest of the gang for such a spectacular setting.

Difficulty : Difficult
Round trip distance : 6 miles
Round trip time : 5 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Spider Meadows

Perhaps one of the most spectacular high alpine meadow hikes in the Pacific Northwest. The most challenging part of the hike, may be the long car drive to the trailhead. But, the dirt road is in relatively good condition and the views as you work your way up the trail is reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. The trail begins at the gate in the road and rambles up, and over creeks and past tributary trails. Follow signs to Spider Creek. At 5.5 miles you will break out through the forest and begin to get glimpses of the meadows and the hanging cliffs of Red Mountain. Explore the trail from here as far as you like. In the earlier part of the season be sure to bring lots of bug repellant!

Difficulty : Difficult
Round trip distance : 12.5 miles
Round trip time : 8 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Dirty Face Peak

This trail provides wonderful views into Lake Wenatchee and the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The views come with a price though, the trail is steep, dry, and hot. The trail gains 4000 ft in 4 miles, ascending some 90 switchbacks. Bring lots of water, eat your Wheeties and don't forget a camera. After about an hour into the hike you will come upon an old logging road. Follow it for about a half mile to its end where you will find the trail starts back up (and up, and up) again. There is an old fire lookout site at the top of DirtyFace which has now been reduced to a pile of rubble. How did this peak get such a distinguished name as DirtyFace? Legend has it that JS Barnard homesteaded at the base of the peak in the late 1800's. He worked avidly clearing his land and burning brush day in and day out. Passers by often found him with a sweaty, soot covered face. He came to be known as "old dirtyface" and the peak behind his homestead stands as a testament to his nickname.

Difficulty : Difficult
Round trip distance : 9.5 miles
Round trip time : 7 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Hidden Lake

If you have enough M&Ms with you, you can probably coax your kids up this short trail. The lake is surrounded by thick forest and brambles. There are no views to speak of but the massive Ponderosa pines will take your breath away. The lake can be crowded during the summer season with hikers and people pretending to catch fish. The water is nice for a swim by mid-summer. Take care to return on the correct trail; an alternate route descends steeply to the Glacier View Campground at road's end.

Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 1.5 miles
Round trip time : 1 hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass, fee tube at the trail head.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Merritt Lake

This is a wonderful hike to a delightful alpine lake surrounded by steep mountains and fields filled with whistling marmots (sometimes they're shy though). This trail is steep and dry with some exposed areas, so bring lots of water and sunscreen. The lake can be quite buggy in the summer so bring your bug juice, too. Climb up Merritt Lake Trail #1588 steeply for 2.5 miles to a junction. Go right (the left trail leads to Rock Lake). The trail begins to flatten somewhat here. Another 0.5 miles and you'll reach the lake. This lake was named after the town of Merritt, which was one of the first Eastern Cascade stops for the Great Northern Railway. In 1937, the town of Merritt had a railroad station, a post office, one hotel, a service station, and three recorded farms. Locals used to picnic and fish at the lake. Still do.

Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 6 miles
Round trip time : 4 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Bygone Byways

This short interpretive trail follows the original route of the Great Northern Railway. The trail stays in forest most of the way and skirts the perimeter of Nason Creek. The trail is flat and well marked. There are interpretive brochures & kiosk at the trailhead to help explain the natural and cultural history of the area.

Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 1 miles
Round trip time : 1 hour hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Alpine Lookout

This trail offers splendid views of Nason Ridge, The Stuart Range and DirtyFace Peak. The views are best from the Alpine Lookout (an active staffed fire lookout at the top of the mountain). You don't even have to work that hard for these views - comparatively speaking of course. Follow the Round Mountain Trail #1529 for 1.6 miles to where it intersects with Nason Ridge Trail #1583. Go left on #1583. Here the trail follows the ridge line up and down 5.2 miles from the trailhead you will reach the lookout. Bring lots of water with you; this is a dry, hot trail and there is not water available at the lookout. The views from the lookout are well worth lugging your camera up the trail with you.

Difficulty : Difficult
Round trip distance : 10.5 miles
Round trip time : 5 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Chiwaukum Creek

If you are looking for a leisurely stroll alongside a babbling creek under a canopy quilt of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine, then this hike is for you. It's not the most spectacular hike in the area, but it does offer peace and tranquility. You can follow this trail for as long or as short as you like. From the parking area, head past the gate on road #7908 for 1.5 miles to Trail #1571. Your hike begins here. Hike through creekside jaunts with occasional openings. The logical turn-around point is at 5.5 miles at the juncture of Trail #1591 and Trail #1571 (you will reach this soon after crossing the stream).
Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 11 miles
Round trip time : 6 hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Hatchery Creek

This trail is mostly a steady uphill climb that rewards with great views of the Wenatchee River and the surrounding mountains. From the parking area, the Hatchery Creek Trail continues left, leading to alpine meadows at 5.5 miles. Continue another mile to the junction with Icicle Ridge Trail #1570. This is the turn-around point for hearty day hikers. For overnighters, turn right on Trail #1570 and continue for another 2.5 miles to Lake Augusta.
Difficulty : Difficult
Round trip distance : 13 miles
Round trip time : 8 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Penstock Trail

The Penstock, now on the National Historical Register, was a huge water pipe used to deliver water to a powerhouse located where the parking lot is now. The electricity powered electrical engines which pulled trains through the Cascade Tunnel at Stevens Pass. Prior to this the coal-fired engines caused problems with asphixation. In Chinook jargon, the word tumwater means "rough water." If you view the raging waters of the Wenatchee River in Tumwater Canyon during the spring and early summer, it's easy to understand how this canyon got it's name. Note: this trail is sometimes flooded in the spring due to the high volume of water in the river.

Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 2 miles
Round trip time : 1 hour hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Icicle Gorge

A gentle loop trail that traverses both banks of the Icicle River. A great trail for those that want to experience the magic of the Icicle Valley without having to grunt up and down significant elevation gains. One side of the river is dry and sparsely vegetated while the other is a canopied forest. Guess which one is south facing and getting the most sun? Mid-way through the hike you will cross a bridge over roaring waters. Take a minute to relax here and enjoy the cool breeze generated by this roaring, surprisingly powerful creek. The native name for Icicle Creek was Nasikelt. As pronounced this name sounds very similar to Icicle. Legend has it that early pioneers mistook the proper native name and interpreted it as Icicle. The name Icicle was established by USGS maps in the early 1900s.

Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 3.5 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass, a fee tube is at the trail head.
Location : Leavenworth Area

4th of July Creek

If you are looking for great views of the scenic Stuart Range, then this is a hike for you. Get ready to work for the view though, as the hike is a long, dry and steady uphill grunt. If you decide not to go all the way to the top, you still can catch nice views about two miles into the hike. From the parking area the trail is easy to find. The climbing never really stops until you get to the ridge in about 6.5 miles. Bring lots of water and lots of sunscreen in the summer. The trail is dry and exposed.

Difficulty : Difficult
Round trip distance : 13 miles
Round trip time : 9 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Forest Trail Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Colchuck lake

Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. This hike is challenging in that it is mostly up, and up, and up. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. The trailhead is easily found from the parking area. The first part of the trail follows a creek for about one mile to a log footbridge. After the bridge the trail begins to climb, switchbacking its way up to a junction at 2.5 miles. Take the left trail (the right trail goes to Stuart Lake) and cross the creek. You will need to navigate over a large boulder field bearing to the right. The trail continues up with multiple switch backs. There is a beautiful view of a waterfall along the climb. Just prior to reaching the lake there are breath taking views of Mount Stuart. At 4.5 miles you will reach this incredible blue, shimmering alpine lake. Dogs are prohibited

Difficulty : Difficult
Round trip distance : 9 miles
Round trip time : 8 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass and self-issuing day use pass. Overnight passes available at the Leavenworth Ranger Station.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Stuart Lake

Get ready for one of the prettiest hikes in the Leavenworth Area (if not the entire state). This trail is like a field course in alpine geology. From babbling brooks to lowland forests to dry scree slopes to wildflower speckled meadows to an alpine lake surrounded by granite peaks stretching to the sky. The trailhead is easily found from the parking area. The first part of the trail follows a creek for about one mile to a log footbridge. After the bridge the trail begins to climb, switchbacking its way up to a junction at 2.5 miles. Take the right trail (the left trail goes to Colchuck Lake) and continue climbing to spectacular views. In a short while the trail begins to flatten out as you enter open wildflower meadows with jaw-dropping views of Mt. Stuart. At 4.5 miles you reach Lake Stuart. Continue to explore, take a dip in the lake, enjoy the magic of the area! Mt. Stuart was named by the famous Northwest explorer George B. McClellan. He reportedly named the mountain after his friend and fellow army officer J.E.B. Stuart. The mountain was named in 1853, which marks it as one of the earliest place names in the state. Dogs are prohibited.

Difficulty : Difficult
Round trip distance : 9 miles
Round trip time : 6 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass and self-issuing day use pass. Overnight passes available at the Leavenworth Ranger Station.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Eight Mile Lake

This is a beautiful and popular hike to a lake surrounded by impressive mountains and geological wonders. The hike is generally uphill the whole way, but it's a reasonable climb. The trailhead is easy to find, just the opposite side of the road from the parking area. The hike begins climbing uphill and shortly intersects with an old logging road. The trail follows this road for awhile then dips off to the left. At 2.5 miles from the trailhead you will reach Little Eightmile Lake (actually it's just a small pond). A few steps from the lake is a junction. Stay to the left (the right fork goes to Lake Caroline #1554). Follow the trail for another mile to Eightmile Lake. The lake is great for swimming, picnicing and fishing. Curve around to the right side of the lake to see a large landslide of deep red lunar-looking rocks; part of a larger serpentine formation. You may expect Martians to greet you here, but more likely it will just be a marmot trying to steal your bologna sandwich. Dogs are prohibited.

Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 7 miles
Round trip time : 4 hours
Permit Details : USFS Northwest Trail Pass and self-issuing day use pass. Overnight passes available at the Leavenworth Ranger Station.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Icicle River

This is a fun trail for walking and learning about the spectacular Icicle River Valley. Be sure to pick up the interpretive brochure before heading out on the trail. The hatchery releases over one million salmon per year. It's one of the best areas to learn about Northwest Salmon, river ecology, and the role of fish hatcheries in our state. The native name for Icicle Creek was Nasikelt. As pronounced this name sounds very similar to Icicle. Legend has it that early pioneers mistook the proper native name and interpreted it as Icicle. The name Icicle was established by USGS maps in the early 1900s.

Difficulty : Easy
Round trip distance : 1 miles
Round trip time : 1 hour hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Icicle Ridge

This trail goes one way, up. It can be hiked for as long or as short as you like. The natural turnaround point is two miles into the hike at a small flat spot on the ridgetop. This is a good spot to eat your lunch, enjoy the views and rub Icy Hot on your aching thighs. The trail keeps going after this point but you have to go a long way to get better views. For those looking for views into the Leavenworth Valley, you can climb this trail for about a half mile and get a splendid overview into town.

Difficulty : Difficult
Round trip distance : 4 miles
Round trip time : 3 hours hours
Permit Details : Permit required
Location : Leavenworth Area

Freund Canyon

One of the best single-track trails in the Leavenworth Area. This very skinny single track switchbacks straight up and then goes straight down with lots of fun jumping burms. Make sure to pause for a moment at the top and take in the beautiful panoramic views of the Leavenworth valley and the surrounding orchards. From the gate follow the dirt road to it's end at 1.4 miles. Go around the right side of the large slash pile and curve around to the left (don't climb up the slash pile). The single track trail begins on the other side of the slash pile. A little over 5 miles you will reach the top of the ridge. Drink some water, take in the views, rest your burning thighs. Stay to the left at the fork and begin the fast descent back to your car.
Difficulty : Difficult - Single Track
Round trip distance : 8.3 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Mountain Home Road

This is a great Mountain Biking area because you can make your trip as short or as long as you like. The main loop follows Mountain Home Road to the top of a saddle and has great views of Wedge Mountain and the Enchantments. This is one of the areas most impacted by an immense forest fire in 1994. The contrast of colorful wildflowers spurting up around charred logs is spectacular. Once you find an appropriate parking spot, continue on Mountain Home Road. Shortly, the road will begin to climb. At the top of the climb you will get spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The road soon joins a junction. Go left at this intersection towards Boundary Butte (road #500). Follow this road to the end and enjoy the 360 degree views of the Wenatchee River Valley. (Try to ignore the big radio transceiver at the top). On your way back down, go right on road #550 which loops back to Mountain Home Road.
Difficulty : Difficult - Dirt Road
Round trip distance : 13 miles
Round trip time : 5 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Devil's Gulch

Rock and roll at one of the most exciting single track trails in the area. The trail ranges between blood-curling downhill and thigh-burning climbs to grandiose views. The usual route is to head out on Devils Gulch Trail #1220 for the climb and loop back on Mission Ridge Trail #1201. For those seeking a more gentle climb, you can follow the dirt road #7100 past the parking area and continue on your bike on #7100 for about 10 miles then turn right on road #9712 for about a mile and watch for the trailhead to Devils Gulch Trail #1220. Either way you choose, bring lots of sunscreen and water.
Difficulty : Difficult - Single Track
Round trip distance : 17.8 miles
Round trip time : 5 hours hours
Permit Details : USFS Trail Park Pass (now called the Northwest Forest Pass)
Location : Out of Area

Nason Ridge

This is a thigh-pumping, brake-burning type of ride that no sane person would attempt if it were not for the awe-inspiring views at the top. The trail is dry and hot so make sure that you have plenty of water for the journey and fill your belly with lots of carbos. From the trailhead, follow Nason Creek Trail #1583. After a short jaunt through the lakeside forest you will begin a grinding ascent. In 2 miles you will get glimpses of Lake Wenatchee and Fish Lake. At 2.6 miles, you reach an intersection. Go right following the trail signs up an old logging road. At 3.2 miles you will top out and begin descending. Alas, the descent does not last as soon you begin climbing again. Switchback your way up to Round Mountain which you will reach at 6 miles. This is an admirable turn-around point. You can continue further to a saddle in 9 miles, but only if you are true believer in finding pain in your gain. From Round Mountain, bear right to a series of thumping switchbacks. Ride all the way to the top of this ascent (at about 8.8 miles), catch your breath, take in the views, and eat a Power Bar. Turn around and get ready to test your brakes for an exciting descent back down to the car

Difficulty : Difficult - Single Track
Round trip distance : 18 miles
Round trip time : 3 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Plain Valley Nordic Ski Trails

Over 22 km of groomed skate and classic cross country ski trails with multiple trails and shorter loops available. Trails are groomed daily.  Grooming report and trail maps online at SkiPlain.com. Great trails for learning, challenging hills and fun descents.  Fee for day passes: $12 Adult, $5 Youth (7 - 18 years old), and FREE for kids 6 and under!  Trail passes and rentals at Plain Hardware.  Parking and trailheads at Plain Hardware and Clear Creek Lodge at Thousand Trails. 
Difficulty : Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance : 13 miles
Round trip time : 4 hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Stevens Pass Nordic Center

These trails are all professionally groomed and there is a whole complex of trails so check in with the ticket booth to get a trail map and recommendations. Pricing: Ages 16-69  $20  |  Ages 7-15  $14  |  Ages 70+  $15  |  Ages 6 & Under  FREE 
Difficulty : Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance : 10 miles
Round trip time : 3 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Out of Area

Sears Creek

This peaceful trail winds a path through lowland forests meandering above the White River. The trail can be followed beyond Sears Creek for another 2 miles if you're feeling energetic. The trail immediately crosses the river on a bridge. Follow the trail for 2 miles to Sears Creek. This trail is open to snowmobiles but you will rarely see them because it is such a short trail.

Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 4 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Little Wenatchee Road

This trail is actually a section of The Little Wenatchee Road that is left unplowed in the winter months. This is a great skiing area because you can make your trip as short or as long as you like. It's about 8 miles to the scenic views but there is plenty of scenery along the way, too. The first 3 miles of the trail (which is actually just an unplowed road) offer views down to the winding Little Wenatchee River. At about three miles there is a main spur going off to the right. You can either stay on the main road and descend to the river (about two more miles ahead) or follow the right spur road to see some spectacular views. The spur road leads uphill and in two miles comes to a meadow opening on the left. Follow the road to the backside of the meadow and you will see a sign for scenic views pointing to the right. The views are about three more miles from this point. If you don't feel like going that far, go 200 yards to your left for equally pleasing mountain views. This is a good spot to eat some chocolate and turn around.

Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 16 miles
Round trip time : 5 hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

North Park Nordic Trails

This is a splendid groomed trail that glides gently through forests and brings you to one of the most spectacular winter shoreline views of Lake Wenatchee. The trail goes gently up and down with only one steep climb at the North East end of the trail. An ideal location for families with experienced children skiers. The course is groomed for classic and skate skiing.
Difficulty : Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance : 3 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours
Permit Details : Sno-Park Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

South Park Nordic Trails

This is a beautiful trail as it skirts the banks of Lake Wenatchee and wanders into the dense lakeside forest. There is also a wonderful sled hill at the parking area for those with toddlers that get bored of skiing.
Difficulty : Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance : 5 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours
Permit Details : Sno-Park Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Kahler Glen

This groomed trail traverses the outer bounds of the Kahler Glen Golf Course. The way is mostly easy up and down, perfect for kids and beginners

Difficulty : Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance : 6 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours
Permit Details : Sno-Park Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Wenatchee River Road

This is a beautiful glide that travels through lowland forests and cruises along a refreshingly undeveloped portion of the Wenatchee River. From the parking lot follow the road to the right past a Forest Service gate. The trail begins with a steady climb to views of the river. As you begin your descent you'll pass an old log cabin on your right. Continue until you reach a red house with a lime green barn adjacent to it. Go between the house and the barn, bearing right around the barn. Follow the road down to the Wenatchee River. Here the trail meanders up and down along the river with great views at every turn. The road ends at a green "No Trespassing" sign. This is the turn around point. Please respect the rights of the private property owners in the area. This trail is relatively easy but if icy the downhill to the trail head can be quite speedy.

Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 8.5 miles
Round trip time : 3 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Eagle Creek

This is a scenic part of Leavenworth that is often overlooked. The landscape here is dry and barren compared to the Icicle Creek area. From the parking area, follow the unplowed road as it continues uphill (don't take the left turn as that is Snowmobile-Only in the winter months). At one mile continue past the spur to the right. At 2 miles you will reach a three way intersection. This is a good turn around spot. If you still have energy left though, follow the road to the left. At about 4 miles from the trailhead the scenic vistas begin. This road is well traveled by snowmobiles. Please show them the same respect you would like for them to show you.

Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 4 miles
Round trip time : 1 hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Leavenworth Ski Hill

The Leavenworth Ski Hill area is a very popular site for the local youth as it provides downhill skiing, ski jumping, and cross country skiing opportunities. One of Leavenworth's three groomed ski courses, the Leavenworth Ski Hill offers 5 kilometers of gentle trails that are open for day and night skiing. Food, beverages, and warmth are available at the historic ski hill lodge when the ski area is open.
Difficulty : Easy- Groomed
Round trip distance : 3.1 miles
Round trip time : 1 hour hours
Permit Details : Leavenworth Winter Sports Club ski pass.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Golf Course

In this lovely setting the tracks and skating lanes climb hills to offer skiers spectacular views of the Icicle River below and the Cascade mountains beyond. They descend in wide sweeping curves and wind through open groves of huge pines. This trail also connects to the Blackbird Island Trail when the snow is plentiful.

Difficulty : Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance : 4 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours hours
Permit Details : Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Ski Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Icicle River Trail

This trail is part of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club system and it is groomed regularly. An excellent trail for either skate skiing or cross country. The trail winds its way through the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery preserve. There are views of Sleeping Lady Mountain (if you use your imagination and look at it from the right angle, it really does look like, well, a sleeping lady).

This trail is appropriate for skiers of all abilities. There are some downhill sections but it's mostly flat. The native name for Icicle Creek was Nasikelt. As pronounced this name sounds very similar to Icicle. Legend has it that early pioneers mistook the proper native name and interpreted it as Icicle. The name Icicle was established by USGS maps in the early 1900s. The valley is aptly named as you can see the huge icicles hanging from steep cliffs that line the road.

Difficulty : Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance : 5 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

South Park Snowshoe Trails

Easy 1.8 mile loop along Wenatchee River, Nason Creek and Lake Wenatchee plus a more challenging 2-mile climb up Nason Ridge - great views of the Lake Wenatchee Valley and surrounding mountains.
Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 2 miles
Round trip time : 1 hours
Permit Details : Sno-Park Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

North Park Snowshoe Trails

A little over 2 miles total including a shortcut route. River, lakeshore, and forest. Nice!
Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 2 miles
Round trip time : 1 hours
Permit Details : Sno-Park Pass
Location : Leavenworth Area

Plain Valley Nordic Snowshoe Trails

Over 5 km of packed snowshoe trails. Trail maps online at SkiPlain.com.  Fee for day passes: $7 Adult, $5 Youth (7 - 18 years old), and FREE for kids 6 and under!  Trail passes and rentals at Plain Hardware.  Parking and trailheads at Plain Hardware and Clear Creek Lodge at Thousand Trails.
Difficulty : Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance : 3 miles
Round trip time : 1 hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Little Wenatchee Road

From Leavenworth, start your odometer after you pass the gas station on the corner of Icicle Road and Highway 2 West. Drive 9.4 miles on Hwy 2 West and go right on the unmarked road #7906. The road is about a half mile past Tumwater Campground. There is a small parking area. From Stevens Pass, travel Highway 2 East for 25.3 miles and go left on the unmarked road #7906.

Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 16 miles
Round trip time : 8 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Wenatchee River Road

This is a beautiful snowshoe that travels through lowland forests and cruises along a refreshingly undeveloped portion of the Wenatchee River. From the parking lot follow the road to the right past a Forest Service gate. The trail begins with a steady climb to views of the river. As you begin your descent you'll pass an old log cabin on your right continue until you reach a red house with a lime green barn adjacent to it. Go between the house and the barn, bearing right around the barn. Follow the road down to the Wenatchee River. Here the trail meanders up and down along the river with great views at every turn. The road ends at a green "No Trespassing" sign. This is the turn around point. Please respect the rights of the private property owners in the area.

Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 8.5 miles
Round trip time : 4 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Chiwaukum Creek

If you are looking for a leisurely stroll alongside a babbling creek under a canopy quilt of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine, than this snowshoe is for you. It's not the most spectacular trail in the area, but it does offer peace and tranquility. You can follow this trail for as long or as short as you like. From the parking area, hike the Chiwaukum Creek Road for about a half mile to the trailhead. Go past the gate on road #7908 for 1.5 miles to Trail #1571. Follow Trail #1571 up and down (mostly up) to the logical turn-around point at 5.5 miles. Here is the juncture of Trail #1591 and Trail #1571 (you will reach this soon after crossing the stream). Chiwaukum is the native Wenatchee word meaning "many little creeks running into one big one." This is an apt definition as there are a number of tributaries in this area that all flow into the Wenatchee River.

Difficulty : Difficult-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 11 miles
Round trip time : 6 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Hatchery Creek

This trail climbs upward to splendid views of the winter snow-crusted mountains. It makes for a great snowshoeing journey. This is not a popular route so chances are you will have the whole area to yourself. Follow road #7905 and start climbing. Stay right at a junction that you'll come to after about a mile. Keep climbing and shortly you'll reach a saddle, follow the spur road to the right (road #7905-111) and climb to a small lake. If you'd rather see views, don't follow the spur to the lake but continue on the main road. In a short while you'll encounter another junction, stay right. Soon you'll arrive at the Lake Augusta Trailhead. Follow the rough trail past the trailhead to catch views of the Wenatchee River Valley. This section is normally safe but can be avalanche prone after heavy snowfalls, so be very cautious. This trail was named by Albert Hale "Hal" Sylvester, the first Supervisor of the Wenatchee National Forest, in 1912. In the early 1900s the State had a small fish hatchery along the Wenatchee River here. That hatchery was abandoned after the Davis Lumber Company damned the river in Leavenworth to form a log pond.

Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 5 miles
Round trip time : 3 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Eagle Creek

This is a scenic part of Leavenworth that is often overlooked. The landscape here is dry and barren compared to the Icicle Creek area. From the parking area, follow the unplowed road as it continues uphill (don't take the left turn as that is snowmobile only in the winter months). At one mile continue past the spur to the right. At 2 miles you will reach a three way intersection. This is a good turn around spot. If you still have energy left though, follow the road to the left. At about 4 miles from the trailhead the scenic vistas begin. This road is well traveled by snowmobiles. Please show them the same respect you would like for them to show you.

Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 4 miles
Round trip time : 2 hours hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area

Icicle Road

This trail is actually the end section of Icicle River Road that is left unplowed in the winter months. It is fun for snowshoers of all ages and skill levels. The trail slowly ascends its way up the Icicle Creek Valley, offering impressive views of Grindstone Mountain and the meandering, peaceful Icicle Creek. From the parking area, strap on your snowshoes and continue on Icicle Road for as long or as short as you like. This isn't a loop trail nor does it really "lead" to anywhere in particular. The trail simply meanders alongside the creek, gently rising and falling with occasional mountain views. This trail is used by snowshoers, skiers, snowmobilers, even dogsledders. It is not plowed but the snowmobilers do a great job of breaking trail for their fellow skiers. The native name for Icicle Creek was Nasikelt. As pronounced this name sounds very similar to Icicle. Legend has it that early pioneers mistook the proper native name and interpreted it as Icicle. The name Icicle was established by USGS maps in the early 1900s. The valley is aptly named as you can see the huge icicles hanging from steep cliffs that line the road.

Difficulty : Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance : 5 miles
Round trip time : 1 hour hours
Permit Details : No permits required.
Location : Leavenworth Area