Day Hike - Fourth of July Creek


Day Hike - Fourth of July Creek

Beautiful, strenuous early spring hike with possible wildflowers, panoramic views near Leavenworth.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,700 ft
  • Pace: 1,000 ft/hr

trailhead, 8am. Carpool options TBD

***If the TH is not viable due to the failure of the Eightmile Dam, we will choose an alternate destination in the Lake Wenatchee area (Nason Ridge to Lost and Merritt Lakes, something in the Glacier Peak wilderness, etc...)

We'll start in pine and fir forests and climb up into Aspen groves and onto open slopes with early spring wildflowers and breathtaking vistas. We'll top out at Icicle Ridge, one of the iconic Leavenworth-area hiking destinations.

This is a gorgeous hike but it's not for the faint of heart, and it offers little shade on the upper slopes. We will find out if the springs and creeks are running closer to the date, but for now, plan on 3-4L water. Also bug spray/sprayed clothes/bugnet for face - in case the bugs come out early.

We will try to keep a pace of 1,000ft hr but, possibly slower if it is hot, and no one will get left behind. 

This is also part of a larger car camping trip with an exploratory day in Leavenworth on Saturday and Dirtyface Lookout on Friday. Please message if interested in the camping or multi-day option.

Olympia hikers, scramblers and scrambling students will have priority until May 6. People who do not fit that description, please request permission after May 6.



Fourth of July Creek

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. poles
  12. microspikes
  13. gas money for driver
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