Icicle Ridge

Leavenworth, Washington

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“Icicle” is an interpretation of the native word “nasikelt” meaning “steep-sided canyon.” The ridge forming the northern boundary of Icicle Canyon is indeed steep-sided, but by climbing it lengthwise from east to west, you can avoid some of the steepness. Adequate snow cover is essential for an enjoyable tour, as are an early start and a high level of fitness. Difficulties: Moderate avalanche potential; permit / fee area; not recommended for snowboarders.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

“Icicle” is an interpretation of the native word “nasikelt” meaning “steep-sided canyon.” The ridge forming the northern boundary of Icicle Canyon is indeed steep-sided, but by climbing it lengthwise from east to west, you can avoid some of the steepness.

Adequate snow cover is essential for an enjoyable tour, as are an early start and a high level of fitness. Difficulties: Moderate avalanche potential; permit / fee area; not recommended for snowboarders.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 9 hours
Season: Best December to February
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,696 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 177 Chiwaukum Mountains, No. 178 Leavenworth
Driving Directions: Directions to Icicle Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

2/8/2002
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After reading the eTrail, I did not believe the author when he said “not recommended for snowboards.” After traversing a long way north, the trail switchbacks very gradually up to ridgeline and that prevented most of my opportunity to ride down. I snowshoed up, but really only needed them at the ridge where the snow was deepest. Skis with skins would have been useful at the top. The views from the ridge are nice overlooking the Leavenworth valley. Best of all, even though the day was clear and sunny, I saw no other people. I know I was not alone though, there were very recent deer and bobcat tracks all along the route.



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