Icicle River Walking Trail
This is a fun trail for walking and learning about the spectacular Icicle River Valley during the spring, summer, and fall months. The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (LNFH), located along beautiful Icicle Creek, is a spectacular location to picnic, observe wildlife, learn about the salmon life cycle, and enjoy a nature walk. 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. More information is available at https://www.fws.gov/leavenworthfisheriescomplex/
The Icicle River Trail is also home to snowshoeing and nordic skiing in the winter. Once winter operations are open, no walking or dogs allowed.
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.
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.