Upper Icicle Creek

A hike or backpack that starts gently on a forest trail hugging beautiful Icicle Creek, passing a small cascade and the confluence with French Creek and gaining only 400 feet in the first five miles. The trail continues on another five miles eventually climbing steeply to end at Josephine Lake.

getting there

Drive SR 2 to Leavenworth on turn onto Icicle Creek Road at the west end of town. Follow it to its end and the Icicle Creek Trailhead.

on the trail

This popular trail is one of the entry points to the gorgeous high country of the Chiwaukum mountains.  The first five miles are a mellow stream-side walk. A hiker can carry on, eventually climbing steeply all the way to the trail's end at Lake Josephine, or can take one of several turn offs along the way to explore other routes that take one to the high ridges surrounding the Icicle Valley.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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  • Difficulty: *Varies*, Easy, Strenuous
  • Length: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,780 ft
  • 4,680 ft
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  • Green Trails Chiwaukum Mtns No. 177

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