Icicle Gorge Loop

Icicle Gorge Loop

Elev. Gain: 
175 ft.
High: 
2,850 ft.
Where:
Leavenworth, WA
Distance: 
3.90 miles (round trip)
Difficulty: 
Easy
Rating: 
3
Easy loop trail offers nice views of Icicle Creek all summer long
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Features

Overview

Covering two miles on both the north and south sides of Icicle Creek (for a total of four miles), the Icicle Gorge Loop Trail is scenic, well-maintained, and nearly flat as a pancake. It's a great option for families with young children, runners, and novice hikers that are staying or camping near Leavenworth, Washington.

Begin at the well-marked trailhead, and head right (south), towards the River Trail. At 0.1 mile, reach signage for the River Trail and head left (east) to begin your loop. The wide, well-maintained trail drops down to Icicle Creek and continues across on Chatter Creek Bridge at 0.5 mile. Gorge-ous.

Now on the south side of the Icicle Creek, bear right (west) and follow the creek for two miles, passing through alternating sections of sparse pine, dense brush, and open meadows. Emerge from the forest at Forest Road 76, and bear right, across the bridge, towards Rock Island Campground at 2.5 miles.

Once across the bridge, turn right (east) to regain the trail as it follows the creek 1.5 miles downriver back to the parking lot. This final leg on the north side of the creek is less appealing as you'll be paralleling the road, but there's still several viewpoints to stop and take in the gorge-ous (yep, we said it again) blended scenery of ponderosa pine, wildflowers, and the rushing creek below. Enjoy.

Permits & Tips

Northwest Forest Pass required. Vault toilet available at trailhead. No drinking water. For those with limited walking capability, the half-mile walk from the trailhead to Chatter Creek Bridge is a great option as the trail is very wide and well maintained. Early-season offers wildflowers and views of the creek at its fullest, and late-season showcases autumn colors along the banks of the creek.

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How to get there

From Highway 2 on the west end of Leavenworth, turn south onto Icicle Road. Follow Icicle Road as it turns to gravel, avoiding all turnoffs, for 15.5 miles (passing Chatter Creek Campground) to the signed parking lot for Icicle Gorge Trail. Turn left (south) into the parking lot. Trailhead is clearly marked.