Scenic Hiking Around Leavenworth
In Leavenworth you will find nearly 700 miles of Forest Service hiking trails. As managed trails, you will need a pass at most National Forest Service trail-heads. Passes are available in Leavenworth from the ranger office, at Der Sportsman in town across from the gazebo, and also at Leavenworth Mountain Sports across the street and east a couple of blocks from the Icicle Village Resort. Passes cost $5 for a day pass or $30 for an annual pass.
See updated trail information at Wenatchee River Ranger District – Trail / Campground / Road Reports
“Mild” Hiking and Walking Trails
Waterfront Park is one of Leavenworth’s best kept secrets. The trails wind along the Wenatchee River and through quiet riverbank forests. There are benches for sitting and interpretive signs to explain the natural and cultural history of the area. Throughout the park there are small beach inlets that are perfect for swimming on hot summer days. This is also a great birding site in the Spring or a place to spot salmon making their upstream journey in the Fall. The trail is accessible a block behind the Icicle Village Resort and will take you along the river, over Blackbird Island, and out in downtown Leavenworth. The trail is completely flat so you can just relax and enjoy the views.
Leavenworth Hiking Trails in the Mountains
Leavenworth is a base camp for a large number of hiking trails and routes from moderate to more extreme.
Icicle Ridge Trail goes one way, up. It can be hiked for as long or as short as you like. The natural turnaround point is two miles into the hike at a small flat spot on the ridge-top. This is a good spot to eat your lunch, enjoy the views and relax your aching thighs. The trail keeps going after this point but you have to go a long way to get better views. For those looking for views into the Leavenworth Valley, you can climb this trail for about a half mile and get a splendid overview into town. From the Icicle Inn follow Icicle Road for 1.4 miles and go right at the marked Icicle Ridge Trail. Take a quick left after turning off of Icicle Road and you’ll see a large parking area on your right.
Hiking the Enchantments
For information on hiking the Enchantments out of Leavenworth and for permitting please go to http://www.recreation.gov/entranceSearch.do
Find more excellent hikes on the Leavenworth Chamber site by clicking below:
The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is located in the rugged Central Cascades Region of Washington state and is jointly administered by the Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests. It encompasses approximately 394,000 acres accessed by 47 trail-heads and 615 miles of trails. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail traverses the Wilderness from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass.
The name Alpine Lakes takes its origin from the nearly 700 small mountain lakes nestled like jewels among the high rocky peaks and timbered valleys of the region. Its breathtaking beauty and proximity adjacent to the Seattle metropolitan area makes the Alpine Lakes Wilderness one of the most popular natural areas in the Northwest. Over half of Washington state’s population live within a one-hour drive of the Wilderness.
You can learn more by calling the Leavenworth Ranger Station
at 509.548.6977, or learn more about the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and find a permit application here.