Here are the Best Ways to Explore Icicle Gorge

Icicle Gorge is one of the most beautiful areas in Leavenworth with its crystal river, surrounding forests, and the wide array of wildlife. It’s also one of the best hiking spots in the region as the trail is always populated with hikers, runners, and explorers. If you’re on the lookout for a way to spend a lovely afternoon during your romantic Leavenworth getaway, your search has ended. Here are some fun-filled ways you and your significant other can enjoy Icicle Gorge Loop Trail.

Best Ways to Explore Icicle Gorge


Icicle Gorge Nature Loop leads you alongside the creek and through the forests, so you can bet there will be stunning scenery in store. This approximately 4-mile trail crosses over the gorge and through lush cedar and conifer forests before continuing through a swamp. Don’t forget your camera, as the lookout points you’ll find are nearly postcard perfect.

Nature Viewing

The Cascade Mountains are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Hundreds of plant and animal species call this region their home, many of which you may encounter in Icicle Gorge. Douglas squirrels and chipmunks are the most common, but you may also spot a few raccoons or beavers along the banks of the creek. For the avid birdwatchers, woodpeckers, bald eagles, and osprey are frequenters of Icicle Gorge. Be sure to stop and read the trail signs informing its readers of interesting nearby plants such as the Devil’s Club, a prickly shrub with maple-like leaves.

Extend Your Hike

If you have made your rounds through the loop and wish to continue your adventure, there is a steep path called “View Trail” that you will be able to find on a map provided by the Icicle Gorge kiosk. This trail will add 1.25 miles to your hike through the gorge and lead you toward many more beautiful outlook points.

Lace on Your Hiking Boots for More Leavenworth Trails

Penstock Trail

Penstock is a 2-mile trail named after the National Historic Register pipe that once delivered water to a Leavenworth powerhouse. During the early spring and summer, you can watch the Wenatchee River roar in the Tumwater Canyon.

Eight Mile Lake

Despite the name being Eight Mile Lake Trail, the hike is actually only 7! Surrounded by geological wonders and awe-inspiring mountains, this popular trail is a great way to spend an afternoon in the great outdoors. The hike does climb uphill, so make sure you are up to the challenge before embarking.

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