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Icicle Ridge

Often free of snow as early as April, this excellent early season hike offers hikers what they have been missing for months: a good chance of sun (this being the sunny side of the Cascades, a bountiful array of wildflowers, and stunning views of Tumwater and Icicle Canyon, the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers and surrounding mountains.

What's more, hikers can attain all of this glory with relatively little pain - an 1,800 foot gain in 2.5 miles as opposed to the neighboring Fourth of July trail that also leads hikers to a higher point on Icicle Ridge in a grueling 4,300 vertical foot march.

Now it is true that the views are better the higher you go on Icicle Ridge. But for spring hiking, it doesn't get much better than this. Go early to experience the birdsong and wildlife. Go in April and May to admire the spring beauties, anemones, glacier lilies and Tweedy's Lewisia.

The trail to the saddle is generally well-groomed and shaded with a moderate incline.
Driving Directions:

From Highway 2, head east over Stevens Pass. Just past milepost 99 and before you enter Leavenworth, go right on Icicle Road. Continue 1.4 miles to the Icicle Ridge trailhead sign. Turn right and then make a quick left. The trailhead parking lot is ahead.

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Icicle Ridge — Apr 19, 2014 — orangefloss
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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The weather was predicted to be rainy, but we managed to get in and out with clear blue skies. The t...
The weather was predicted to be rainy, but we managed to get in and out with clear blue skies. The trail is clear all the way to the lookout with some wildflowers in bloom. Lovely day to be out.
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Icicle Ridge — Mar 01, 2014 — fivepercentjoe
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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Snowy, but clear trail the whole way up. Great short hike, took about 2 hours. Much slower going up ...
Snowy, but clear trail the whole way up. Great short hike, took about 2 hours. Much slower going up than coming down. Easy access and close to town.
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Icicle Ridge — Feb 16, 2014 — hizzlemcp
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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hiked to the first vantage point at the top of the ridge, approximately 2.5 miles from trailhead. be...
hiked to the first vantage point at the top of the ridge, approximately 2.5 miles from trailhead. beautiful views of leavenworth, up icicle creek and wenatchee river. snow the whole way from trailhead to top. at the top, getting out to the vantage point overlooking leavenworth was less traveled with deeper snow. no snowshoes needed until the top. also recommend gaiters to keep the snow out of your boots.

easily accessible hike from downtown leavenworth and a quick climb for great views.
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Icicle Ridge — Nov 23, 2013 — Leaf Eater
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail | No water source
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took a hike up Icicle ridge, My goal was to get to the high point (approx 6900') just east from the ...
took a hike up Icicle ridge, My goal was to get to the high point (approx 6900') just east from the junction of the forth of july creek trail. However the snow slowed me down and day-light was burning quick.. I did make it to a lofty 6100' on the ridge, so over a mile of vertical gain from the trailhead ain't to shaby.

Snow Conditions: The trail is essentially snow-free until 4000', and patchy to 4500'.. 4500' and above the trail is completely snow covered. but relatively easy to follow. The snow depth at 6100' is about 6-8" deep. It's crusty on top and powdery underneath so snow-shoes would be nice. Although I didn't bring any.
 

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Icicle Ridge — Oct 05, 2013 — kae
Day hike
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Other reviews say it's not that steep, they must be more advanced hikers than me, because thought th...
Other reviews say it's not that steep, they must be more advanced hikers than me, because thought this trail was pretty steep and a good workout. The views along the way and at the top made it worth it though. I was surprised at how much noise from the valley could be heard, and music from Oktoberfest. It never quite felt like I was absorbed in nature because of the town views and noise, but it was still a great hike. The top was below the snowline in the nearby mountains. Beautiful sprinkling of golden maples along the way up.
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Location
Icicle Ridge (#1570)
Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area
wenatchee national forest, leavenworth district
Statistics
Roundtrip 4.0 miles
Elevation Gain 1800 ft
Highest Point 3000 ft
Features
Rivers
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Wildlife
Ridges/passes
User info
Dogs allowed on leash
Northwest Forest Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hike! By Mike Mcquaide, Sasquatch Books
USGS Leavenworth
Green Trails Leavenworth 178

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