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.
The Icicle River Trails are a very popular spot for families and recreational skiers because of its dependable snow conditions, gentle terrain and scenic views of the surrounding peaks. This is an excellent looping system for either skate skiing or classic cross country. The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club considers this their beginner location with trails groomed regularly. Trails wind 8 km. through the woods, over bridges, across open meadows and along the Icicle River. This location is also host to a scenic, three mile snowshoe trail. Please, no dogs at the Icicle River Trails. ***Permit details: Leavenworth Winter Sports Club ski pass
Directions to Trailhead
Follow US Highway 2 West through Leavenworth and go left at the end of town on Icicle Road (follow signs to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, there is a large gas station at the corner). If you are traveling Eastbound on Highway 2 over Stevens Pass go right on Icicle Road when you first enter Leavenworth. Follow Icicle Road for 2 miles and go left into the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.