Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Leavenworth Hiking Trails

With hundreds of miles of forest just begging to be explored, Leavenworth is one of the top destinations in the Northwest for hiking! Whether you’re looking for a quick trek or a full-day excursion through the Cascade Mountains, you’ll find a wide variety of Leavenworth hiking trails to choose from.  Each trail is managed by the United States Forest Service and varies in length and difficulty, so you’ll be able to choose the one that is perfect for you. Lace on your hiking boots and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

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7 Leavenworth Hiking Trails That You Have to Experience

  1. Apple Capital Loop Trail (Easy)

Located in nearby Wenatchee, the Apple Capital Loop Trail is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely stroll surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. The 10-mile paved trail also leads to some of the area’s most beautiful riverfront parks that are ideal for picnics, wildlife viewing, and recreation opportunities.

  1. Icicle Gorge Trail (Easy)

Also known as the Icicle Gorge Nature Loop, the Icicle Gorge Trail in Leavenworth will lead you alongside the creek and through the forests. With that in mind, you’ll be sure to see some stunning scenery. The 4-mile trail crosses over the gorge and through lush cedar and conifer forests before continuing through a swamp. Don’t forget your camera! The lookout points you’ll find are nearly postcard perfect.

  1. Eightmile Lake Trail (Easy)

This impressive climb is ideal for a day trip! Despite its title, the trail is actually 7-miles long and winds uphill towards a lovely mountain pond. Eightmile Lake is also a great place to enjoy a picnic, go fishing, or take a dip in the refreshing water.

  1. Waterfront Park Trail in Leavenworth (Easy)

There are many exciting ways to hike in Waterfront Park! You may choose to blaze the nature trails that wind through quiet riverbank forests or the paths on small beach inlets. Many visitors also love to hike across the bridge to Blackbird Island.

  1. The Enchantments (Difficult)

True to its name, The Enchantments are one of nature’s most magnificent masterpieces. The 20-mile trail winds through terrain that is strewn with crystal lakes, glacier-worn granite cliffs, and many more awe-inspiring views. However, this trek is not for the faint of heart. With an elevation of over 4,400 feet, hikers find that keeping up their endurance can be a challenge. Be sure to take frequent breaks or stop to enjoy the jaw-dropping views that you’ll meet along the way.

  1. Lake Minotaur (Difficult)

If you are looking for a challenge, the Lake Minotaur hike is for you! The trail leads you by fantastic mountain views towards one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the region. We promise the uphill climb well worth the sweat! Many hikers also find the wind-blasted rock at the top of the mountain is very similar to the salty cliffs found on the Greek coast. Once you reach the lake, you’re free to explore or enjoy a swim in the lake.

  1. Lake Stuart Trail (Difficult)

This 9-mile trek is recognized as one of the most scenic in the entire state of Washington! Hikers will be led by babbling brooks, wildflower meadows, lowland forests, and mountain overlooks until they reach a beautiful lake surrounded by granite peaks. It usually takes about 6 hours to complete, so plan for a full day of exploring!

Rest Your Feet After at Pine River Ranch Bed & Breakfast

After conquering the Leavenworth hiking trails, we invite you to relax in our comfortable and charming suites. Our beautiful and historic inn located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains is ideal for couples and all travelers seeking a peaceful and memorable escape to Leavenworth. Our guests will experience only the utmost hospitality, unique amenities, and a piping hot breakfast delivered straight to their door each morning. It’s everything you need and more to make memories in Leavenworth that you’ll always cherish.

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