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70 Hikes
The Enchantments

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
18.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.70
(125 votes)
Parking Restriction on Road 7601: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
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.
 
 
Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
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.
 
 
Cashmere Canyons Preserve

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3259.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
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.
 
 
Colchuck Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5580.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(96 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
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.
 
 
Icicle Gorge Nature Loop

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(20 votes)
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.
 
 
Upper Twin Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
This is an ideal ‘multi-modal’ kid hike, featuring a two mile bike ride, followed by an easy and quite pretty half mile hike. We did the bike and hike with our kids when they were four and six, and they enjoyed it.
 
 
Freund Canyon

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
Used primarily by mountain bikers, this trail is very popular due to its proximity to the town of Leavenworth. It is also frequently used as a logging road, and is subject to occasional closures because of this.
 
 
Icicle Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
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.
 
 
Boulder Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
17.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4850 ft.
Highest Point: 6310.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Boulder River leads to magnificent views of Napeequa Valley and the Glacier Peak Wilderness.
 
 
Snow Lakes

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(26 votes)
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.
 
 
Horseshoe Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2928 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
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.
 
 
Eightmile Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(28 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
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.
 
 
Little Annapurna

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
7.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 5018 ft.
Highest Point: 8440.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
Parking Restriction on Road 7601: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
Scramble to a scenic high point in the upper Enchantments.
 
 
Lake Stuart

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1665 ft.
Highest Point: 5065.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.87
(23 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
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.
 
 
Icicle Ridge

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(31 votes)
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.
 
 
Aasgard Pass

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
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.
 
 
Old Gib

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
9.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
A trail that goes from the Estes Butte Lookout site to Carne Mountain. Some parts may be overgrown and blowdown should be expected.
 
 
Icicle River Road Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail is the end section of Icicle River Road that is left unplowed in the winter months. It is fun for snowshoers of all ages and skill levels.
 
 
Icicle Ridge via Fourth of July Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4370 ft.
Highest Point: 7020.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(21 votes)
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.
 
 
Klonaqua Lakes

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
10.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack. There is no way to ford the creek and no access to French Creek Trail or beyond
A handful of high lakes nestled in a forested cirque below Granite Mountain deep within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
 
 
Snowall Cradle Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
9.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack. There is no way to ford the creek and no access to French Creek Trail or beyond
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
 
 
French Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
14.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack. There is no way to ford the creek and no access to French Creek Trail or beyond
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!
 
 
Blackbird Island - Waterfront Park

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Bird, salmon, history, and river lovers will enjoy this trail in a Leavenworth park
 
 
Lake Augusta

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
15.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4750 ft.
Highest Point: 6860.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The way to Lake Augusta is rough. It's a steep and brushy trail that doesn't see much maintenance. But the destination is worth it; the lake is gorgeous, set in a basin at the bottom of Big Jim Mountain. It's a wonderful spot for wildflowers and backpacking trips late into the season.
 
 
Hatchery Creek

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
A brushy, steep trail to the Cascade high country.
 
 
Nason Ridge Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 750 ft.
Highest Point: 2720.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
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.
 
 
Lake Caroline

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
Parking Restriction on Road 7601: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
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.
 
 
Nada Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
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.
 
 
Pear Lake

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
An aptly-named alpine gem, Pear Lake nestles below Fortune Mountain and can be reached by combining the Top Lake Trail with a short jaunt north on the Pacific Crest Trail. It provides access and a jumping-off point for hikers, backpackers, equestrian riders and trail work parties alike headed into the backcountry of the Henry M. Jackson and Glacier Peak Wildernesses and beyond.
 
 
Jack Pine Trail

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

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