Day Hike - Fourth of July Creek


Day Hike - Fourth of July Creek

Fourth of July Creek is a beautiful but strenuous hike in the Wenatchee Mountains with numerous floral displays and the possibility of wildlife also.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,370 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,000 ft
  • Pace: Steady but with stops

Meet at the TH on the Icicle Creek road about 8 to 9 miles in and about a mile past the Eight Mile Creek Road. The TH is on the right with parking at a wide area on the pavement of the Icicle Creek road. Meet at 9 o'clock. 

Carpooling may be possible for vaccinated folks. Masks should be carried by anyone not vaccinated. We could stop at Gustav's after the hike.

This is a strenuous hike that takes one from open Ponderosa and wildflower meadows at the base through many  ecological zones as it climbs with many switchbacks to subalpine terrain. There is a forest of silvered snags about 2/3 of the way up that may have windfallen trees. Ultimately, near the top as the trail flattens, snow will be encountered in the last 1/3 mile to a high viewpoint overlooking the entire Icicle and  Stuart Range area. The snow is not steep.

The weather looks good Thursday with mostly sunny skies but with some wind. Temperatures will be moderate near the base but rather cool in the last third of the hike.


Fourth of July Creek

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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