Fall Outdoor Recreation in Leavenworth


If you’re looking to escape during fall to see the colorful changing leaves, spend time outdoors when the temperature and crowds are lower, and explore all the charms of an authentic Bavarian mountain town in north central Washington that feels more like northern Europe, look no further than Leavenworth. Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush or a relaxing bike ride, Leavenworth offers experiences for everyone in this unique valley. Many local businesses provide efficient planning and rentals, serving those who come to experience the beautiful outdoors. From a guided rafting or SUP trip, to mountain biking, zip-lining, fishing, and more, there is an activity for all in Leavenworth.



Explore the ever-changing slopes of the Cascades by pavement or climb the trails to reach the peaks for the ultimate Leavenworth experience. Visit local experts at Der Sportsmann and Alberg Sports for mountain bike rentals, electric bike rentals and quick tunes ups. These family-owned local businesses pride themselves on providing safe equipment that will set any rider up for success on all terrain. Inviting bikers of all levels, maps of the trails throughout the valley are defined with beginners, intermediate and advanced options. Check out the trails For the Boyz, Freund Canyon Loop and Rosy Boa for beautiful fall foliage. 



Whether you’re a beginner fly fisher or an experienced fish whisperer, traveling solo or with the whole gang, Family Lines Fly Fishing Academy is excited to share its passion with you. For a half-day workshop or a full day on the water, The Family Lines team is eager to teach you all about proper technique, how to locate fish in the water, and how to match the hatch for the best chance at success. Following your lesson, head to a local stream or lake for a guided chance at catching native rainbow trout. 



For a unique perspective of the autumn colors, Leavenworth Ziplines offers a tour overlooking the ridges of Beaver Creek Valley. A perfect trip for family bonding, this exhilarating adventure takes visitors between as many as 9 platforms up to 190’ ft above ground. Certified guides assist you every step of the way so you can sit back and have a safe and enjoyable time. As a bonus, Leavenworth Ziplines features automatic action cameras built into the zip lines to capture your experience and make a memorable video at the end of your ride. 



Grab your binoculars as Leavenwoth was named one of the best birdwatching hotspots in the state by

the National Audubon Society. Begin your birding adventure at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, the ultimate basecamp for birding, located near the Banks of Icicle Creek and adjacent to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery. The parks, meadows, forests, and waters in and around Leavenworth are ideal for birding, with ospreys and eaglesmaking frequent appearances. Nearby,Lake Wenatchee State Park is another place for bird watching paradise, and you’ll want to plan a return trip in May for the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, held annually during the third weekend in May. 



Seek the outskirts of Leavenworth as you cross the beautiful meadows of the Cascades on horseback. Whether you’re a first timer, riding for pleasure, or looking for overnight and pack trips, several guides and outfitters make it easy to do it all. Plan your next Western style adventure with Icicle Outfitters and Guides, Eagle Creek Ranch or Wild at Heart Horse Rides and enjoy a few hours in the saddle.