Old Pipeline Bed Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, WA that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.
Directions from Leavenworth: Travel west on Highway 2 for 1.7 miles. Turn left at the public fishing/picnicking area (site of the powerhouse). Hike across the bridge and turn upstream.
Simple walk through the woods with only a few short parts that are a little challenging and more like hiking. Great walk for the whole family. If you go off the main trail you'll get more of a hike. This is a beautiful part of Central Washington any time of year. There's a shrine at about the halfway mark for two young women who passed away in a river accident that heeds a warning to respect the river's strength. There is a sketchy little path down to a beautiful sandy beach at the shrine. We sat in the sand and watched the salmon jump and saw rock climbers on a rock face across the river and highway. At the end of the true trail there is a beautiful weeping rock.
beautiful view of the river. nice and shady hike. perfect for a relaxing walk in nature.
This trail was great! An easy hike that took about an hour and a half. We went in mid October when the leaves were changing so it was beautiful. Suitable for children and lots of pretty views. Did not have an issue with it being close to highway 2.
The river views are nice, but the trail parallels Highway 2 and the sound of cars is ever present. Almost too easy and too short of a hike. Trail guide states that the trail ends at a big rock, however I think we went past the rock. I didn't realize that the trail ended until I was on my hands and knees looking for footholds and decided that I wasn't having fun anymore : ) Turned around. Also watch out for old mining daggers in the middle of the trail.
It's a nice walk in a pretty part of the world. However, there's a makeshift bridge you have to cross about halfway in that was a little scary for children and the less experienced hiker. (I've included a picture) Still a fun hike though!