Icicle River Nature Trail
This is a fun trail for walking and learning about the spectacular Icicle River Valley and the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Be sure to pick up the interpretive brochure before heading out on the trail. This gentle trail can be used by the entire family, and the wide paths and level surfaces make it easy to bring a stroller or wheelchair along with you. Bring your dog along to join you on this nature trail, but be sure to keep them on a leash and always clean up after them. You can complete the perimeter of this trail in under an hour, but if you’d like to walk for longer, there are different paths intersecting the center of the trail that you can also explore.
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.
Pets must be on leash.
This location is also host to nordic ski and snowshoe trails in winter.
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.