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71 Hikes

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3259 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
Thanks to the generosity of the land owners, this privately-owned area is open to hikers, but managed primarily for wildlife habitat and wilderness conservation. Because of this, dogs and mountain biking are not allowed here, and the area may close the at various times throughout the year in order to protect wildlife. Please respect any and all closures.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Peshastin Pinnacles State Park is closed annually for the winter from November 1 - March 15

Largely used as a climbing park, Peshastin Pinnacles also makes an ideal stop on Highway 2 to stretch your legs, or as a destination during a visit to Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Cashmere or Chelan. A short trail system offers a nice zigzag, moderately steep loop tour of the base of the climbing areas, and a picnic area makes for a great way to finish the visit off.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(33 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Along a moderate trail into the glorious Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, past burnt Ponderosa Pines, chattering mountain streams, plenteous wildflowers and tall mountain peaks, hikers will find beautiful Eightmile Lake and its rocky, tree lined shore.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
18.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.73
(138 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Fall foliage
The Enchantment Lakes are an alpine wonderland of pristine lakes set among polished granite, soaring peaks, blazing larches, and ambling mountain goats. Widely regarded as the crown jewel of hiking in Washington, this trail exceeds even the wildest of superlatives.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5580 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.41
(107 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Set beneath two of Washington’s tallest peaks, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem. It is a larger cousin to the nearby fabled Enchantment Lakes and offers many of the same payoffs – including groves of larches on its far shore – but can be reached with less than half the effort.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.78
(9 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
One of the lesser-visited lakes in the Enchantments, Lake Caroline is a hard-earned reward for those seeking a bit of solitude in this immensely popular region.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1665 ft.
Highest Point: 5065 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(25 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
The Core Zone of the Enchantments may be one of the most popular destinations in Washington state, but those who venture to Lake Stuart may just get the extra-enchanting reward of relative solitude in a high traffic area. Most hikers heading into the Enchantments use the Lake Stuart trailhead, but make for the Core zone via Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass. However, taking the right-hand trail 2.2 miles from the trailhead leads you into an adjacent valley, with a large, shallow lake at the base of the imposing massif of Mount Stuart.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(31 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
The Snow Lakes trail is known mostly as the long, gradual way into the Enchantments; but it is a worthwhile - if deceptively grueling - destination in its own right. The narrow isthmus between the lakes offers a majestic view across the water to the towering heights of McClellan Peak.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 258 ft.
Highest Point: 3056 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers

Bridge out

An out and back hike through the forest with gentle hills for the first two miles or so. It eventually joins Icicle Creek at its confluence with French Creek, and the trail continues beyond.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4325 ft.
Highest Point: 7200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Take a side trip from Lake Caroline up to a saddle with gorgeous, sweeping views of the Alpine Lakes wilderness.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
This trail features ridgetop views and numerous steep switchbacks through forest and open meadows. Beginning at the Blackpine Trailhead, it climbs through second-growth forest to wide open views of the Icicle Ridge area and ends at the Snowall-Cradle Lake trail.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
An off-trail scramble to a summit above Eightmile Lake.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
14.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes

5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: Bridge out

One of many trails in this area that create tons of fun loop options, the French Creek Trail is 14.4 miles long, and gains 3200 feet of elevation along its length. Due to diminishing funding, the trail is very brushy in sections, making it difficult to navigate. Hiking it end-to-end makes for a fun traverse through the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and over county lines!
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5833 ft.
Highest Point: 8840 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
A lengthy and difficult hike up an iconic peak inside the Enchantments. Climbing gear and expertise required.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1165 ft.
Highest Point: 3265 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
The Eightmile Creek Snowshoe is a snowy road walk during the winter. This busy summer road becomes a beautiful backdrop for a winter walk. Turn around at either the Eightmile Lake Trailhead or carry on a little farther to the Stuart Lake trailhead. Be aware of avalanche conditions along the road before heading here for a snowshoe outing.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
9.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: Bridge out

The valley that Snowall Creek runs through is laden with amazing meadows of wildflowers, great views of the peaks surrounding it and tons of wildlife. It's part of a loop that you
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(33 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
The Snow Lakes trail is known mostly as the long, gradual way into the Enchantments; but Nada Lake (and nearby Snow Lake) is a worthwhile - if deceptively grueling - destination in its own right. The narrow isthmus between the lakes offers a majestic view across the water to the towering heights of McClellan Peak.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
7.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 5018 ft.
Highest Point: 8440 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
Scramble to a scenic high point in the upper Enchantments.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
10.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
A handful of high lakes nestled in a forested cirque below Granite Mountain deep within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
12.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 7800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
This “shortcut” to the Enchantments Core Zone refers only to mileage. As far as miles per hour goes, Aasgard may be one of the slowest hikes you attempt. Achieving the pass is a thigh-burning, chest-bursting, eye-popping endeavor that offers as many extraordinary views as beads of sweat that will fall from your brow as you ascend nearly 2000 feet in just three-quarters of a mile.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
An easy hike along Icicle Gorge.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5056 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
Running like a spine through the Icicle Creek area, the Jack Creek Trail is 12 miles long, running from just outside Leavenworth to the Ingalls Creek valley and the northern border of the Teanway. Along the way, it offers a myriad of hiking options for visitors. Sections of this trail have burned in the past, so the odds of running into downed trees across the trail are high, especially in spring and early summer.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2928 ft.
Highest Point: 6300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
A couple miles beyond Lake Stuart and a few hundred feet up lies Horseshoe Lake--a stunning, silent lake that makes for an excellent day trip for those lucky folks who get to camp at Lake Stuart. It’s also attainable as a day hike, but you’ll want to get an early start.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4370 ft.
Highest Point: 7020 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(21 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
Visit this trail in the springtime and you can expect to see an explosion of wildflower color! At more than 4500 feet in 5.5 miles of trail, the route to the old Icicle Ridge Lookout site is quite an undertaking, but the views and the flowers are truly worth the energy it takes to get up there.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(20 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The Icicle Gorge Trail, one of the most popular trails in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, is a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of the Icicle Creek Valley. The interpretive loop trail has a gentle grade and scenic views of Icicle Creek, Icicle Gorge, and the surrounding forest that are ideal for families, trail runners, beginner hikers, bird enthusiasts, and those looking to take a nice long walk on a well-defined path.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
A great option for a day hike, Chatter Creek connects up with the popular Icicle Ridge Trail, which allows for even further wandering.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Enchantment Park is part of a large network of different trails and parks located along the Wenatchee River in downtown Leavenworth. The trails are well maintained, and dotted with informative plaques all along their length.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 2050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
For a quiet snowshoe on flat terrain, try this ranger recommended hike just outside of Leavenworth.
 
 

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 750 ft.
Highest Point: 2720 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A number of moderate snowshoe trails lie around the Lake Wenatchee area, but with a big, beautiful Ponderosa pine tree and views of the surrounding mountains, Nason Ridge gives you the best bang for your buck.