Sustainability, the Leavenworth way

Give a Schnitzel!

The spectacular beauty of “Washington’s Bavarian Alps” here on the sun-drenched eastern slopes of the Cascade Range has a way of making even the most well-traveled outdoor enthusiasts say, “Holy Schnitzel.” Coupled with Leavenworth’s German-inspired culture, these natural gifts have made this region a unique outdoor paradise cherished for generations by campers, hikers, bikers, rafters, anglers, and more.

To ensure the splendor of the region is preserved for generations more, Leavenworth is committed to being a good steward to this natural beauty. 

But we need help from our visitors, too, by asking them to “Give a Schnitzel!” and take steps to enjoy the outdoors safely. 

How does one Give a Schnitzel?

  • By taking an active role in caring for our shared lands.
  • By observing proper fire and water safety.
  • By being mindful of proper trail etiquette — whether you are hiking or biking.
  • By embracing the Leavenworth Way — be nice, patient, and take your time.

To offer a friendly “willkommen,” to visitors and help spread the word about responsible trail and river use, Leavenworth also employs an army of recreation ambassadors at trailheads and river put-ins and take-outs throughout the area. These ambassadors are loaded with information, maps, supplies, and, yes, even some swag.

We want all our visitors to be safe as they enjoy this natural playground, always being mindful of leaving it better than how they found it.

This is what it means to Give a Schnitzel.

Our Recreation Ambassadors have some tips to have the best experience on the trails and on the river:

Learn More

There’s a lot to Giving a Schnitzel, so here are four more resources to explore when learning what you can do to help keep Leavenworth a sustainable destination for visitors for years to come.

Water Safety

Warm days, cool waters, what could be better?! Learn more about water safety on the lakes and rivers surrounding Leavenworth HERE.

Keep It Light

The Leavenworth Way includes a friendly ‘willkommen’ to all, and a reminder to slow down and keep it light. Learn more about the lifestyle HERE.

Trail Etiquette

With miles and miles of trail, there’s so much to see and do for hikers and bikers, alike. Help everyone have a great experience. Read more HERE.

Fire Safety

Summer is a magical time in Leavenworth but threat of wildfires are an increasing and dangerous issue. Learn more about fire safety HERE.


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is working with the City of Leavenworth on becoming BearWise®. Learn more about being bear aware HERE.