Icicle Ridge

Leavenworth, Washington 98826

Icicle Ridge

Icicle Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"“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."

Icicle Ridge Reviews

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2/8/2002
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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Trail Information

Leavenworth
Nearby City
14
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
9 hours
Duration
Best December to February
Season
1,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,696 feet
Top Elevation
Green Trails No. 177 Chiwaukum Mountains, No. 178 Leavenworth
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