Fourth of July Creek Trail to Icicle Ridge

HARD 29 reviews

Fourth of July Creek Trail to Icicle Ridge is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.5 miles
4704 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




nature trips






wild flowers






From milepost 99 on US 2, on the western edge of Leavenworth, follow the paved Icicle Creek Road (Forest Road 76) for 9.4 miles to the trailhead, located on your right (elev. 2300 ft).

trail running
5 days ago

Too steep to run, but gorgeous and trail is in good shape

7 months ago

Like others have said: fantastic views and strenuous. I will add that the trail is easy to travel except for several fallen trees blocking the way. Careful manoeuvring required especially if carrying a heavy pack. Not much shade. Bring a hat. We found a fee ticks on the dog. Something to be careful of. Have fun!

8 months ago

Great for elevation gain

9 months ago

Hike is pretty much up to the top, then down. Fairly strenuous. It was somewhat smoky when we went which didn't help. Fantastic views at the top portion of the trail. Well worth it! Take snacks and lots of water!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Awesome hike that will get the thighs burning. The views along the last mile and a half and at the top are unparalleled. Both times I've done this hike I damn near stepped on a rattlesnake so watch the trail at least a few feet ahead.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

This hike a many switch backs but the hike it beyond beautiful and worth every ounce of effort you have to put in. The view are stunning. Yellow flowers dotted the trail in May, snow was still covering the top of the trail.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

My dog and I went last Wed, it was a hot August day. I was planning on all the way up but it got really hot and doggy and I were dying :( We made it up to the very first part of the meadow area, the views were amazing! :) The BEST part of the trail was the switchbacks over the waterfall, my pup could get in there and lay down and drink and I splash myself to cool down. The worst part was the giant bee hive in the middle of the trail toward the top, I saw it before hand so just ran as fast as I could and jumped with dog doing the same. Although the bees were swarming we got over it twice with no stings! :) Also there were signs about seeing rattlers on the trail and in some spots the trail was so thick I could barely see my feet or the sides of the trail, so if there was a snake I would have been in trouble. That creeped me out but just ran through those parts as fast as possible! All and all it was an AMAZING day and we did not see 1 other person which is what we enjoy the most and I captured some great pics! :) Happy Trails to you all!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fantastic hike. Nothing technical, but enough climb and narrow passages to keep you on your toes. Also had two minor creek crossings. Amazing views from the top.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

We went on October 12th 2015. Climbed up 3.0 miles decided to head back because it seemed unclear how far the trail may go. Was under the impression it was 5.3 miles round trip and we were not prepared to hike both ways. Was moderate the first couple miles - creeks were very low but had some great views. No noticeable wildlife but a grouse and a chipmunk we saw on our travels up. Weather was perfect and for the most part had exposure to daylight. Definitely would hike this trail again. We logged 6 miles round trip back to the vehicle. Will be coming back to repeat and conquer this adventure!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

We were on icicle road trying to get to a different hike, which was closed. 4th of July was open and clearly marked at the trailhead. This hike was very steep and there was snow several miles up (this was in March 2015). The snow/ice made it too dangerous and we decided to head down. The views were great in some spots along the trail and it was fairly well maintained

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Spectacular views from the top, numerous wildflowers, and not particularly busy. This was a great early season hike.

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