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Leavenworth is home to some of the best hiking, biking, snowshoeing and skiing trails in the Northwest.

With hundreds of miles of forest and mountain trails to walk, bike, backpack, run, or ride, you can bop ‘til you drop around Leavenworth. Trails vary in length and difficulty so contact the Leavenworth Ranger District (509-548-2550), Forest Service’s Recreation Report, for detailed information.

Trail Descriptions

Hidden Lake

If you have enough M&Ms with you, you can probably coax your kids up this short trail. The lake is surrounded by thick forest and brambles. There are no views to speak of but the massive Ponderosa pines will take your breath away. The lake can be crowded during the summer season with hikers and people pretending to catch fish. The water is nice for a swim by mid-summer.

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 1.50 miles
Round trip time: 1
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass, fee tube at the trail head.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Bygone Byways

This short interpretive trail follows the original route of the Great Northern Railway. The trail stays in forest most of the way and skirts the perimeter of Nason Creek. The trail is flat and well marked. There are interpretive brochures & kiosk at the trailhead to help explain the natural and cultural history of the area.

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 1.00 miles
Round trip time: 1 hour
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Icicle River

This is a fun trail for walking and learning about the spectacular Icicle River Valley. Be sure to pick up the interpretive brochure before heading out on the trail. The hatchery releases over one million salmon per year. It's one of the best areas to learn about Northwest Salmon, river ecology, and the role of fish hatcheries in our state. The native name for Icicle Creek was Nasikelt.

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 1.00 miles
Round trip time: 1 hour
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Penstock Trail

The Penstock, now on the National Historical Register, was a huge water pipe used to deliver water to a powerhouse located where the parking lot is now. The electricity powered electrical engines which pulled trains through the Cascade Tunnel at Stevens Pass. Prior to this the coal-fired engines caused problems with asphixation.

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 2.00 miles
Round trip time: 1 hour
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Waterfront Park

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.

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 3.00 miles
Round trip time: 1 hour
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Icicle Gorge

A gentle loop trail that traverses both banks of the Icicle River. A great trail for those that want to experience the magic of the Icicle Valley without having to grunt up and down significant elevation gains. One side of the river is dry and sparsely vegetated while the other is a canopied forest. Guess which one is south facing and getting the most sun?

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 3.50 miles
Round trip time: 2 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass, a fee tube is at the trail head.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Lanham lake

This forested lake is not the most spectacular hike in the area but it's a fun jaunt for family picnics. Part of the hike goes under power lines which make an eerie noise like sizzling bacon. The trail is steep and hot so bring water and be sure to have a healthy supply of treats to get your kids to the top.

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 4.00 miles
Round trip time: 2 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Out of Area

Icicle Ridge

This 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 ridgetop. This is a good spot to eat your lunch, enjoy the views and rub Icy Hot on your aching thighs. The trail keeps going after this point but you have to go a long way to get better views.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Round trip distance: 4.00 miles
Round trip time: 3 hours
Permit Details: Permit required
Region: Leavenworth Area

Eight Mile Lake

This is a beautiful and popular hike to a lake surrounded by impressive mountains and geological wonders. The hike is generally uphill the whole way, but it's a reasonable climb. The trailhead is easy to find, just the opposite side of the road from the parking area. The hike begins climbing uphill and shortly intersects with an old logging road.

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 7.00 miles
Round trip time: 4
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass and self-issuing day use pass. Overnight passes available at the Leavenworth Ranger Station.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Merritt Lake

This is a wonderful hike to a delightful alpine lake surrounded by steep mountains and fields filled with whistling marmots (sometimes they're shy though). This trail is steep and dry with some exposed areas, so bring lots of water and sunscreen. The lake can be quite buggy in the summer so bring your bug juice, too. Climb up Merritt Lake Trail #1588 steeply for 2.5 miles to a junction.

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 6.00 miles
Round trip time: 4 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

Alpine Lookout

This trail offers splendid views of Nason Ridge, The Stuart Range and DirtyFace Peak. The views are best from the Alpine Lookout (an active staffed fire lookout at the top of the mountain). You don't even have to work that hard for these views - comparatively speaking of course. Follow the Round Mountain Trail #1529 for 1.6 miles to where it intersects with Nason Ridge Trail #1583.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Round trip distance: 10.50 miles
Round trip time: 5 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

Lake Minotaur

This trail only goes one way, up! Get ready to feel your thighs thump as you work your way up to better and better views. The hard work is well worth it though, as you reach the lake. This is one of the most scenic alpine lakes in the area that is accessible within a days climb. The lake was named after Grecian heroes and when you get to the lake you'll know why.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Round trip distance: 6.00 miles
Round trip time: 5 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Chiwaukum Creek

If you are looking for a leisurely stroll alongside a babbling creek under a canopy quilt of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine, then this hike is for you. It's not the most spectacular hike in the area, but it does offer peace and tranquility. You can follow this trail for as long or as short as you like. From the parking area, head past the gate on road #7908 for 1.5 miles to Trail #1571.

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Difficulty: Easy
Round trip distance: 11.00 miles
Round trip time: 6 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

Stuart Lake

Get ready for one of the prettiest hikes in the Leavenworth Area (if not the entire state). This trail is like a field course in alpine geology. From babbling brooks to lowland forests to dry scree slopes to wildflower speckled meadows to an alpine lake surrounded by granite peaks stretching to the sky. The trailhead is easily found from the parking area.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Round trip distance: 9.00 miles
Round trip time: 6 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass and self-issuing day use pass. Overnight passes available at the Leavenworth Ranger Station.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Dirty Face Peak

This trail provides wonderful views into Lake Wenatchee and the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The views come with a price though, the trail is steep, dry, and hot. The trail gains 4000 ft in 4 miles, ascending some 90 switchbacks. Bring lots of water, eat your Wheeties and don't forget a camera. After about an hour into the hike you will come upon an old logging road.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Round trip distance: 9.50 miles
Round trip time: 7 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

Colchuck lake

Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. This hike is challenging in that it is mostly up, and up, and up. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. The trailhead is easily found from the parking area. The first part of the trail follows a creek for about one mile to a log footbridge.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Round trip distance: 9.00 miles
Round trip time: 8 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass and self-issuing day use pass. Overnight passes available at the Leavenworth Ranger Station.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Hatchery Creek

This trail is mostly a steady uphill climb that rewards with great views of the Wenatchee River and the surrounding mountains. From the parking area, the Hatchery Creek Trail continues left, leading to alpine meadows at 5.5 miles. Continue another mile to the junction with Icicle Ridge Trail #1570. This is the turn-around point for hearty day hikers.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Round trip distance: 13.00 miles
Round trip time: 8 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

Spider Meadows

Perhaps one of the most spectacular high alpine meadow hikes in the Pacific Northwest. The most challenging part of the hike, may be the long car drive to the trailhead. But, the dirt road is in relatively good condition and the views as you work your way up the trail is reminiscent of the Swiss Alps.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Round trip distance: 12.50 miles
Round trip time: 8 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

4th of July Creek

If you are looking for great views of the scenic Stuart Range, then this is a hike for you. Get ready to work for the view though, as the hike is a long, dry and steady uphill grunt. If you decide not to go all the way to the top, you still can catch nice views about two miles into the hike. From the parking area the trail is easy to find.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Round trip distance: 13.00 miles
Round trip time: 9 hours
Permit Details: USFS Forest Trail Pass

Freund Canyon

One of the best single-track trails in the Leavenworth Area. This very skinny single track switchbacks straight up and then goes straight down with lots of fun jumping burms. Make sure to pause for a moment at the top and take in the beautiful panoramic views of the Leavenworth valley and the surrounding orchards. From the gate follow the dirt road to it's end at 1.4 miles.

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Difficulty: Difficult - Single Track
Round trip distance: 8.30 miles
Round trip time: 2 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Wenatchee River Road

This trail travels through lowland forests and cruises along a refreshingly undeveloped portion of the Wenatchee River. From the parking lot follow the road to the right past a Forest Service gate. Begin your ascent with a steady climb and views of the river. Soon you begin to descend. You'll pass an old cabin on your right.

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Difficulty:  Easy - Dirt Road
Round trip distance: 8.50 miles
Round trip time: 2 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Icicle Road

This road is well traveled by cars so care should be taken when biking on it. Despite the high traffic, there are some nice views and pullover spots along the way. The road continues on for as long or as short as you like. It's just a matter of when you want to turn around and head back to the car.

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Difficulty: Easy - Paved Road
Round trip distance: 10.00 miles
Round trip time: 3 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Nason Ridge

This is a thigh-pumping, brake-burning type of ride that no sane person would attempt if it were not for the awe-inspiring views at the top. The trail is dry and hot so make sure that you have plenty of water for the journey and fill your belly with lots of carbos. From the trailhead, follow Nason Creek Trail #1583.

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Difficulty: Difficult - Single Track
Round trip distance: 18.00 miles
Round trip time: 3 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Pole Ridge

Great views will accompany you as you travel this dirt road up through logged portions of the forest. The lack of trees in sections create spectacular vistas to of the Cascade Mountains and Glacier Peak. Go left out of the parking area following road #111. In 2 miles go left onto road #6304 at the intersection.

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Difficulty: Difficult - Dirt Road
Round trip distance: 12.00 miles
Round trip time: 3 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Lower Chiwawa Trail

This is a fun trail with lots of up and down. Some of the ups are thigh-burning. Some of the downs are brake-burning. All in all, though, this is a great trail for experienced skiers and adventurous beginners. After parking, go left onto trail #1548. The trail basically parallels road #62 for the whole journey, so if you want to bail out early you can.

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Difficulty: Difficult - Single Track
Round trip distance: 16.00 miles
Round trip time: 4 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass

Chikamin Ridge

For those that thrive on single track, this trail rocks! In addition to the trail described here there are numerous spurs that can extend your adventure. From the parking area follow the obvious trail entrance 0.1 miles and go left on the Minnow Ridge Trail. Follow for 6.1 miles to the Chikamin Creek Trail #1534 and go right. Follow back to where you parked.

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Difficulty: Difficult - Single Track
Round trip distance: 17.00 miles
Round trip time: 5 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

Devil's Gulch

Rock and roll at one of the most exciting single track trails in the area. The trail ranges between blood-curling downhill and thigh-burning climbs to grandiose views. The usual route is to head out on Devils Gulch Trail #1220 for the climb and loop back on Mission Ridge Trail #1201.

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Difficulty: Difficult - Single Track
Round trip distance: 17.80 miles
Round trip time: 5 hours
Permit Details: USFS Trail Park Pass (now called the Northwest Forest Pass)
Region: Out of Area

Mountain Home Road

This is a great Mountain Biking area because you can make your trip as short or as long as you like. The main loop follows Mountain Home Road to the top of a saddle and has great views of Wedge Mountain and the Enchantments. This is one of the areas most impacted by an immense forest fire in 1994. The contrast of colorful wildflowers spurting up around charred logs is spectacular.

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Difficulty: Difficult - Dirt Road
Round trip distance: 13.00 miles
Round trip time: 5 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Mad Lake - South Ascent

Great views and a beautiful (albeit a popular and well utilized) alpine lake at the top of the trail. Many difficult but navigable climbs that reward with outstanding views of Lake Wenatchee and the Cascades. There are many spurs leading off this trail. Stay on the main trail or enjoy romping around on the many spurs!

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Difficulty: Difficult - Single Track
Round trip distance: 18.00 miles
Round trip time: 6 hours
Permit Details: USFS Northwest Trail Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

Eagle Creek

This is a scenic part of Leavenworth that is often overlooked. The landscape here is dry and barren compared to the Icicle Creek area. From the parking area, follow the unplowed road as it continues uphill (don't take the left turn as that is Snowmobile-Only in the winter months). At one mile continue past the spur to the right. At 2 miles you will reach a three way intersection.

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Difficulty: Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 4.00 miles
Round trip time: 1
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Icicle Road

This trail is actually the end section of Icicle River Road that is left unplowed in the winter months. It is fun for skiers of all ages and skill levels. The trail slowly ascends its way up the Icicle Creek Valley, offering impressive views of Grindstone Mountain and the meandering, peaceful Icicle River.

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Difficulty: Easy - Non-groomed
Round trip distance: 5.00 miles
Round trip time: 1
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Icicle Road

This trail is actually the end section of Icicle River Road that is left unplowed in the winter months. It is fun for skiers of all ages and skill levels. The trail slowly ascends its way up the Icicle Creek Valley, offering impressive views of Grindstone Mountain and the meandering, peaceful Icicle River.

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Difficulty: Easy-Non Groomed
Round trip distance: 5.00 miles
Round trip time: 1 hour
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Skiing

The Leavenworth Ski Hill area is a very popular site for the local youth as it provides downhill skiing, ski jumping, and cross country skiing opportunities. One of Leavenworth's three groomed ski courses, the Leavenworth Ski Hill offers 5 kilometers of gentle trails that are open for day and night skiing.

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Difficulty: Easy- Groomed
Round trip distance: 3.10 miles
Round trip time: 1 hour
Permit Details: Leavenworth Winter Sports Club ski pass.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Icicle River Trail

This trail is part of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club system and it is groomed regularly. An excellent trail for either skate skiing or cross country. The trail winds its way through the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery preserve.

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Difficulty: Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance: 5.00 miles
Round trip time: 2
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Kahler Glen

This groomed trail traverses the outer bounds of the Kahler Glen Golf Course. The way is mostly easy up and down, perfect for kids and beginners

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Difficulty: Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance: 6.00 miles
Round trip time: 2
Permit Details: Sno-Park Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

North Park

This is a splendid groomed trail that glides gently through forests and brings you to one of the most spectacular winter shoreline views of Lake Wenatchee. The trail goes gently up and down with only one steep climb at the North East end of the trail. An ideal location for families with experienced children skiers. The course is groomed for classic and skate skiing.

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Difficulty: Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance: 3.00 miles
Round trip time: 2
Permit Details: Sno-Park Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

South Park

This is a beautiful trail as it skirts the banks of Lake Wenatchee and wanders into the dense lakeside forest. There is also a wonderful sled hill at the parking area for those with toddlers that get bored of skiing.

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Difficulty: Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance: 5.00 miles
Round trip time: 2
Permit Details: Sno-Park Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

Golf Course

In this lovely setting the tracks and skating lanes climb hills to offer skiers spectacular views of the Icicle River below and the Cascade mountains beyond. They descend in wide sweeping curves and wind through open groves of huge pines. This trail also connects to the Blackbird Island Trail when the snow is plentiful.

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Difficulty: Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance: 4.00 miles
Round trip time: 2 hours
Permit Details: Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Ski Pass
Region: Leavenworth Area

Sears Creek

This peaceful trail winds a path through lowland forests meandering above the White River. The trail can be followed beyond Sears Creek for another 2 miles if you're feeling energetic. The trail immediately crosses the river on a bridge. Follow the trail for 2 miles to Sears Creek. This trail is open to snowmobiles but you will rarely see them because it is such a short trail.

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Difficulty: Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 4.00 miles
Round trip time: 2 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Stevens Pass Nordic Center

These trails are all professionally groomed. There is a fee of $9 for adults and $6.50 for children. There is a whole complex of trails so check in with the ticket booth to get a trail map and recommendations.

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Difficulty: Easy-Groomed
Round trip distance: 10.00 miles
Round trip time: 3 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Out of Area

Wenatchee River Road

This is a beautiful glide that travels through lowland forests and cruises along a refreshingly undeveloped portion of the Wenatchee River. From the parking lot follow the road to the right past a Forest Service gate. The trail begins with a steady climb to views of the river. As you begin your descent you'll pass an old log cabin on your right.

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Difficulty: Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 8.50 miles
Round trip time: 3 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Little Wenatchee Road

This trail is actually a section of The Little Wenatchee Road that is left unplowed in the winter months. This is a great skiing area because you can make your trip as short or as long as you like. It's about 8 miles to the scenic views but there is plenty of scenery along the way, too.

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Difficulty: Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 16.00 miles
Round trip time: 5
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Icicle Road

This trail is actually 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. The trail slowly ascends its way up the Icicle Creek Valley, offering impressive views of Grindstone Mountain and the meandering, peaceful Icicle Creek.

Full Details & Directions
Difficulty: Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 5.00 miles
Round trip time: 1 hour
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Eagle Creek

This is a scenic part of Leavenworth that is often overlooked. The landscape here is dry and barren compared to the Icicle Creek area. From the parking area, follow the unplowed road as it continues uphill (don't take the left turn as that is snowmobile only in the winter months). At one mile continue past the spur to the right. At 2 miles you will reach a three way intersection.

Full Details & Directions
Difficulty: Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 4.00 miles
Round trip time: 2 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Hatchery Creek

This trail climbs upward to splendid views of the winter snow-crusted mountains. It makes for a great snowshoeing journey. This is not a popular route so chances are you will have the whole area to yourself. Follow road #7905 and start climbing. Stay right at a junction that you'll come to after about a mile.

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Difficulty: Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 5.00 miles
Round trip time: 3 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Wenatchee River Road

This is a beautiful snowshoe that travels through lowland forests and cruises along a refreshingly undeveloped portion of the Wenatchee River. From the parking lot follow the road to the right past a Forest Service gate. The trail begins with a steady climb to views of the river.

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Difficulty: Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 8.50 miles
Round trip time: 4 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Chiwaukum Creek

If you are looking for a leisurely stroll alongside a babbling creek under a canopy quilt of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine, than this snowshoe is for you. It's not the most spectacular trail in the area, but it does offer peace and tranquility. You can follow this trail for as long or as short as you like.

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Difficulty: Difficult-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 11.00 miles
Round trip time: 6 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

Little Wenatchee Road

From Leavenworth, start your odometer after you pass the gas station on the corner of Icicle Road and Highway 2 West. Drive 9.4 miles on Hwy 2 West and go right on the unmarked road #7906. The road is about a half mile past Tumwater Campground. There is a small parking area. From Stevens Pass, travel Highway 2 East for 25.3 miles and go left on the unmarked road #7906.

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Difficulty: Easy-Not Groomed
Round trip distance: 16.00 miles
Round trip time: 8 hours
Permit Details: No permits required.
Region: Leavenworth Area

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