Even though many of the trails in the Cascades are still buried in snow this time of year, the Icicle Ridge trail with its sunny exposure on the east side of the Cascades is already snowfree, and with its early showing of wildflowers, is a great Spring hike.
The Icicle Ridge trailhead begins near the tourist-stuffed Bavarian storefronts of downtown Leavenworth and with an 1,800′ elevation gain over its approximate three miles to the top, it feels like an endless series of long switchbacks to reach that ridge.
I love seeing families with young children along the trails and once we reached the top, we met up with perhaps the trail’s youngest hiker. What a great way to introduce the next generations to the beauties of nature, and what a sweet little baby with his very proud pappa.
From the top of Icicle Ridge an absolutely stunning, 360 view awaits. On one side, you can look down at the Wenatchee River and Highway-2 as they cut their way through the Tumwater Canyon to downtown Leavenworth, all the way to a very distant Wenatchee on another, and snow-covered Cascade mountain peaks on the other.
More information about the Icicle Ridge Trail can be found on the Washington Trails Association website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/icicle-ridge-1 .