Hike the Icicle Ridge Trail to have views from above Leavenworth Washington

Day Hike Along Icicle Ridge Trail

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

June 23, 2023




Our Rating

Leavenworth, Central Cascades

7 miles, roundtrip

(This is from what we recorded on a Garmin Fenix 6x

Gain: 2392 ft.

Highest Point: x ft.

Are you looking for a hike just outside of Leavenworth that isn't the Enchantments? The Icicle Ridge Trail is a great option to reach an overlook of Leavenworth and having amazing views of the surrounding mountain range.

Getting Started

The parking lot is well marked and right off of Icicle Road. There is a registration box but there is not a bathroom here.

The trail is pretty well marked, with lots of switchbacks taking you up in elevation. After a few hundred feet, the trail starts opening up so you can see the valley below you.

Don't Miss the Turn!

Somehow we completely missed the turn for the overlook! I think we thought it was a campsite when it really is the overlook. The trail continues for miles and miles, so if you miss it then you can be hiking for awhile.

If you are hiking on a busy day, just follow the crowd and that should take you to the right place. We had people follow us and unfortunately they followed the wrong people because we all ended up doing a few extra miles. Once I looked at the map then I realized our mistake.

The overlook is right above Leavenworth and is a great place to have lunch. You can see some remnants of past fires in the area as well.

Click on images below to see a bigger picture

This is a 5 mile hike to the Icicle Ridge Trail to an overlook above Leavenworth

Practicing LNT Principles, and Giving Back

We really want to encourage everyone to practice LNT principles when they explore these beautiful places. We spent years trying to minimize social impact on these locations, but the cat is out of the bag and these places are easy to find online. So it is our mission to share more about ways to keep these places as pristine as possible.

We also donate 3% of all our profits to organizations supporting the outdoors and working hard to keep these areas protected and safe.

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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