Jun 20, 2012
Jun 21, 2012 06:08 PM
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
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Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area
wenatchee national forest, leavenworth district
Icicle Ridge (#1570)
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
On the first ridge overlook. photo by j brink
With a forecast of mid-seventies warmth and dry weather we took on the Icicle Ridge trail. The trail is in very good condition and sports lots of switch-backs to help gaining the elevation. We had lunch at an over look at 2950 feet elevation and had views of Lavenworth, Icicle Creek and the Cashmere Valley to the east and Tumwater Canyon to the west. We then continued up the ridge to the 3616 foot level where we turned back. I'm not sure what the round trip distance was but I would guess about four to four and a half miles. One stretch of the trail was about 1200 foot gain per mile.
There are lots of wild flowers out and I have completely forgotten their names! I saw one small snake on the trail, I think it was harmless but moving out of the way fast. I also was able to spend some time photographing a very accommodating lizard.
Looking west down Tumwater Canyon. photo by j brink
Accommodating Lizard. photo by j brink
2950 foot level, Icicle Ridge. photo by j brink