Icicle Creek

Leavenworth, Washington

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A backpack up Icicle Creek to Lake Josephine, with many options. Icicle Creek is the major drainage of the northeastern portion of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The creek flows through one of the deepest canyons in the Cascade Range, more than a mile deep as measured from the top of Icicle Ridge to the depths of Icicle Creek. A popular hiking trail follows the creek some 11 miles to its source at Josephine Lake. The hike is not popular in its own right so much as it is heavily used to access the many trails leading to sparkling lakes and scenic ridges in this corner of the wilderness. Hikers, horsemen, and fishermen swarm up the trail all summer. Don’t expect solitude here, unless you find it at a remote lake or high ridge away from the canyon floor.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A backpack up Icicle Creek to Lake Josephine, with many options. Icicle Creek is the major drainage of the northeastern portion of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The creek flows through one of the deepest canyons in the Cascade Range, more than a mile deep as measured from the top of Icicle Ridge to the depths of Icicle Creek.

A popular hiking trail follows the creek some 11 miles to its source at Josephine Lake. The hike is not popular in its own right so much as it is heavily used to access the many trails leading to sparkling lakes and scenic ridges in this corner of the wilderness. Hikers, horsemen, and fishermen swarm up the trail all summer. Don’t expect solitude here, unless you find it at a remote lake or high ridge away from the canyon floor.

©  Jeff Smoot/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best early summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,950 feet
Top Elevation: 4,700 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Chiwaukum Mountains, Stevens Pass; Green Trails 177 (Chiwaukum Mountains), 176 (Stevens Pass)
Driving Directions: Directions to Icicle Creek

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