Day Hike - Fourth of July Creek


Day Hike - Fourth of July Creek

This very strenuous 12-mile in-and-out day hike with 4370 ft in elevation gain has views across to the Stuart range from the start and ends at a dramatic viewpoint atop Icicle Ridge.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,370 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,020 ft
  • Pace: 2-2.5mph

We'll aim to start from the trailhead at 9AM. 

To get to the trailhead, follow google maps or the following description from WTA: 

"From milepost 99 on US 2, on the western edge of Leavenworth, follow the paved Icicle Creek Road (Forest Road 76) for 9.4 miles to the trailhead, located on your right (elev. 2300 ft)."

The trailhead is about 2 hrs 30 mins from Seattle (via highway 2) or Issaquah (via I90 and 97),  Will discuss carpools as we know who is signed up.   Please make your profile 'viewable' so that other participants can reach you to organize a carpool!

WTA trail description can be found at

This is a very strenuous hike that climbs steadily nearly from the start and can be exposed to a lot of direct sun given the mostly sunny forecast.  Bring all the water you need for the day, AT LEAST 2 liters - we'll cross a stream at about .5 miles but no reliable water after that.    You need good sturdy footwear for some rocky sections including a little use of hands to get to the top of the lookout site at the end.   Please bring extra water, plenty of lunch and snack food to fuel your climb, as well as all your 10 essentials including at least a light rainjacket and extra clothing in case we're stuck out unexpectedly overnight.

We will travel at a moderate pace of 2-2.5mph.  You need to be able to demonstrate recent completion of a moderate or faster hike of this distance and elevation gain, and be confident on slightly exposed boulder terrain, to be approved for this hike, so that we can be sure that everyone will be successful.  For this reason Leader permission is required.



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
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