Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Leavenworth with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy hike with lake views and forest trails, good for families with small kids.

hiking
19 hours ago

Great loop trail, parking lot was a bit busy and the road was a little rough but worth the drive.

Don't let the mileage fool you, the elevation gain makes up for it! So beautiful at the lakes! The mosquitos and flys are INSANE right now, bug spray did nothing to help. I would give this five stars but the trailhead is just on the road and no bathrooms. There are lots of places to easily access Lake Minotaur and cool views of Theseus. Lots of places to explore and spread out and enjoy, only you can't enjoy because of the bugs.

Wear bug spray.

hiking
2 days ago

Easy and enjoyable :)

hiking
4 days ago

I really hated this hike. Honestly, I’m giving it an extra star only because my husband actually really like it. You’d have to ask him why, I don’t know. The river is pretty, but you are only hiking next to it for part of the hike and can only access it at a few points to cool off. The trail is damn hot. A lot of sun exposure, no breeze, and the ground gets too hot for dog feet in many spots. Bring booties for your dog or be prepared to carry him through these sections. This trail is also very crowded and you hike through a large campground for part of the time which is just so weird. Not for me.

hiking
4 days ago

PROs:
1. Payoff - the view at the lake is beautiful and worth it in my opinion (not worth it in my husbands opinion - he hated this hike). The foliage on the way is also quite lovely.
2. Solitude - we hiked on a Saturday morning (8:30 to 10:45) and never saw a single person on the trail or at the trailhead.
3. Beat the heat - trail is shaded almost the entire way and the temp was 10 degrees cooler than in Leavenworth when we were there.


CONs:
1. Two thirds of this hike are a straight up climb. Yes, seriously.
2. The entire trail is swarming with mosquitos. We wore permethrin-treated clothing and picaridin and were still harassed the whole way, so be prepared to fight for your life.
3. There are large sections of this trail that are almost completely overgrown, so if you hate bush-whacking (like my husband) then this may not be the trail for you.

If you're planning on using this trail past the 4th of July turnoff don't waste your time. I was planning on tying 4th of July with Chatter Creek via Icicle Ridge Trail and the trail is completely overgrown. Bushwacked for an hour trying to find any sign of a trail. Had to turn around. NEEDS SOME SERIOUS WORK.

A really great hike, not incredibly steep, but challenging. I made a wrong turn toward a boulder scramble at one point and was lost for quite a while. Make sure to cross the creek at that point, don’t go up the scramble!

Beautiful hike! hard work but only for a small part of the hike! It is actually 7 miles round trip. Be sure to bring bug spray! Mosquitoes are pretty bad.

hiking
8 days ago

My girlfriend and I spent the night at Glacier Peak campground and the next morning went up for a nice easy hike. The water’s color was amazing and surrounded by massive mountains

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful views all around. Heavily trafficked. Very easy hike, good for families, groups, and dogs.

Arrived 10:45. At summit 1:30pm. Sat around to eat. Took one hour to get down. Finished at 3:45pm. About ten cars in the area. Parking lot is not well defined. The trailhead is up the dirt road from the parking lot. This was a late start. Really hot. 80’s. I should learn to wake up earlier. No porta potty at the trail head. Trail is 75% exposed.

hiking
10 days ago

Short but pretty good view of Hidden Lake. The trail is in good shape and is well maintained. Plenty of parking at the trailhead.

As with most places in this area, there are mosquitoes, so bring bug repellent.

Hiked on 7/7/18 - This trail is pretty narrow and overgrown in a few areas and we hit patchy snow at about 5500 ft. I’d be wary of hiking it after a rainfall - it’s very exposed and very steep! LOTS of mosquitos at the top, but beautiful wildflowers and amazing views all along the way. I also saw quite a few tiny garnets in a lot of the rocks along the middle section of the trail, if you’re into that sort of thing :)

hiking
11 days ago

Very muddy, very buggy, lots of snow. Still a fun hike. One hour and fifteen minutes to the Lake. Meant to turn off onto the Mt McCausland trail but missed it in all the snow. Glad I had my poles. The top half of the hike was either snow or mud. Will come back in the fall for the McCausland trail. Also had a bonus F/A-18 flyby scream over the lake- twice!

Great hike! Bring bug spray!

on Icicle Gorge Trail

11 days ago

Beautiful, easy walk along the river with some educational placards placed along the trail. Bumpy gravel road to get to the TH. Only drawback was the mosquitos. Spray down with bug spray before you leave home cause they are on you the moment you open your car door in the parking lot.

11 days ago

Definitely meh. Long, moderately steep hike with switchbacks. The summit was littered with some old burned out trees and the view was just so-so.

Very few people on this trail even at the height of tourist season (summer weekend) for the area. Not too strenuous with beautiful sweeping views at the end of the trail. T-Mobile cell service available for most of the trail.

*We saw two juvenile bears near the top July 7th around 10AM*

Very challenging. The hike up is uphill the entire time with no downhill points and very few flat points. There are a TON of switchbacks. Felt like it took forever to get up. But once you’re up there the views are amazing. You can see into the valley with the road into Leavenworth and the river. The hike down is steep but goes by very fast as most of the hike is steep.

Steady climb with beautiful views at the top! Take plenty of water on hot days.

Sooo many bugs. They were worst at the beginning of the trail and near the top. This trail is definitely a work out and gets lots of sun. Sunscreen and bug spray are a must. WTA must have come recently because most of the down trees were cleared. A few more had recently blown down but they were easy to step over. This trail does go through a recent burn area, hiking through this area would be dangerous on a windy day. This hike would only be better if it weren’t for the incessant bugs.

Great trail for dogs and people

on Nason Ridge Trail

12 days ago

Road was still closed as of July 1.

Pretty easy but a good walk

fishing
14 days ago

It’s almost 2 miles each way and it’s not very easy. Nice trail and the lake is very beautiful. Once you reach the lake go to the left and and pass the creek to access the lake and for a better view.

Nice hike near Leavenworth.

hiking
16 days ago

The trail was good, a few trees were down. it was a great workout and awesome veiw!

Beautiful views of the river. Easy trail to walk!

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