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.
Directions to Trailhead
From Leavenworth, start your odometer after you pass the gas station on the corner of Icicle Road and Highway 2 West. Drive 9.6 miles on Hwy 2 West and go left on the Chiwaukum Creek Road #7908. From Stevens Pass, travel Highway 2 East for 25.1 miles and go right on Chiwaukum Creek Road #7908 (if you reach the Tumwater Campground you've gone too far - turn around and go back about one mile). The parking area is right next to Highway 2.