Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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 walk around the Wenatchee River. Many swimming holes and channels if you're interested in "cooling off." Too many people around to see a bear.

Found out about this hike on Instagram and decided to drive 4 hours to hike it. Well worth the time and money because the view of the lake, and the color of the water, is breathtakingly beautiful! Planning on going back!

5 days ago

Below 8 mile lake the fire damage is about 6 years old. Beyond the base of the lake the fire damage is from 2017. Not worth exploring much past the lake. Ground is mostly ash and trees are nearly all burned up. If you can, find another trail without fire damage and save this one for 15 years from now.

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7 days ago

Beautiful, well-maintained with a cold lake in which to cool off at the end.

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8 days ago

Had the trail to ourselves on a Thursday in August, probably due to the 91 degree forecast. The narrow 1.6 mile road to the TH does have some dips and crevasses, but the Subaru had no problem. Only 2 other cars in the parking lot. The actual mileage, roundtrip from TH to Merritt Lake, is 7.2 (not 5.4 as mentioned on several web sites). Took us 5 hours total. We had on a coat of bug spray and had no issues with the pests while having lunch next to the lake. Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the bug spray. At any rate, we enjoyed a peaceful picnic by the lake. We did not venture onto Lost Lake for the mileage was already beyond our 5 mile preferred distance. There was only one downed tree (I scrambled under it, my hiking partner scrambled around it) and it was a non event. The trail is well marked. GPS/Cell coverage during most of the trial was good. I enjoyed the workout (2,000 ft elevation gain) and glad we started early.

This trail is great, 7.2 mile round trip, bugs aren’t too bad and the path is marked very well!

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22 days ago

The road to the trailhead was challenging for my Prius which is very low to the ground but I managed to make it. The hike was a good workout - and the lake was worth the trip. The length is more like 6.5 miles though. There was a downed tree about 2/3 of the way up that many have cussed to detour around, which I did too on the return.

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1 month ago

Great hike, I did this hike combined with Lake Valhalla (see review there).

Amazing view! Will do again. The bugs were in full force!

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1 month ago

Great day to hike even if a bit hot. Black flys kept us moving. Saw a bear along the way and lots of fish jumping in Eight Mile Lake. We didn't explore around the lake long enough to find a great spot to hangout. If we had found one this would be 5-stars.

Great tough trail. Get out early as it will be hot. Take plenty of water as there are little to no water available. I tried to tie 4th of July to Chatter Creek via Icicle Ridge Trail and the trail is completely overgrown. Bushwacked for an hour trying to find any sign of the trail.....no luck. The top part of the Icicle Ridge Trail needs some serious work.

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1 month ago

Great hike, no snow to deal with a little water on the trail at certain points. Bugs were very bad and be aware there is not much tree cover so wear sunblock. Overall a good day on the trail.

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1 month 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!

Pretty easy but a good walk

Hiked this 7/1/18. First off, this hike is more like 6.5 -7.0 miles, not 5.5. The beginning of the trail is definitely eroding away from heavy rain and as a result there were several fallen trees in which a lot of them obscured the trail. Due to the lack of trail signs my friend and I were mislead quite a few times and were forced to somewhat trail-blaze while keeping an eye on the “All Trails” map (which isn’t always the most accurate). Once you get to the first boulder area, keep going to the left (don’t go up towards the boulders). Eventually you’ll come to a fork in the trail and you’ll take a left on the PCT. There was definitely quite a bit of snow going up to the top. I would say trekking poles and ice spikes aren’t necessary, but I would highly, highly suggest having either one of them if you want to make it to the top. My friend and I are avid hikers so we weren’t worried about being the only ones on the trail the entire time, but if you’re new to hiking, I wouldn’t recommend this trail purely because it’s not a heavily trafficked hike, which means there won’t be any immediate help in case of emergency . Hope this helps! :)

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1 month ago

Ohh the switchbacks! My calves are singing today. Did a day hike just to the falls. We saw a 4 foot rattler on the way back down stretched the width of the trail. He was minding his own business trying to get to the boulders above.

Posted mother bear and cubs sighted in area. Love this walk but decided not to enter area today.

Did an overnighter to Lake Colchuck with the family on June 29-30. It was my daughter's first backpacking trip. The trail is great! Not a footpath by any means, but a rocky, root-strewn, steep trail. By no means is it hard, but it isn't for the faint of heart either unless they're willing to take breaks in between working.

There are a few really great campsites on the water, but there are plenty of sites if you walk off the beaten path a little.

At the tail end of June it is pretty buggy, so big spray is a must! The views are well worth it though.

My wife and I have to go back to do Asgard's pass because it looks amazing!

Challenging and beautiful

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1 month ago

Arrived at the trailhead at about 1130 and there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. The trail is in good shape with only two smaller trees that have fallen into it but are very easy to cross. There is a lot of yarrow, brides bonnet, and even some tiger lily in full bloom! We got to the lake and planned to relax and have some lunch but the mosquitoes were INSANE. We could not stop for even 1”-15 seconds without being completely swarmed so we grabbed some food and ate on the move. It’s a beautiful lake though and under better circumstances I’d love to return and hang out a bit.

Be sure to check out my video to see how beautiful this hike really is!! https://youtu.be/vI_R__1p7W8

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1 month ago

Nice trail. Switch backs are long and very comfortable. 1/2 to the lake. Lots of mosquitoes. We were unprepared for that. Ran into a gal
With two dogs and she was kind to offer us a Ben’s mosquitoes towelettes. From that point on we were ok. Some snow we had to walk over and a few small streams Weather got cold once we were to the lake. So glad I brought a wind jacket for two reasons. The mosquitoes and the cold wind. My fingers were numb
We are in our late 50s Took us 2 hours up and 1 1/2 down.

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1 month ago

Hiked this trail on the weekend so was a bit busy but not too bad overall. A few short muddy sections but easy to get through on logs. Bugs were out but we applied Deet before starting the trail and the bugs didn't bother us at all the whole trip. Fireweed was just beginning to bloom so will be beautiful in a few days. Very beautiful hike, will definitely do it again.

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1 month ago

You better take bug spray! My wife and I have never been bitten so any times in such a short period of time.

It was more of a hard trail. Made it .6 miles in and turned back. Solid rocks up the trail. About another mile in there is snow covered in June. We saw beautiful views of our little bit in. It was fun and beautiful just more of a hard trail with the gravel. We did not have poles. I would recommend them.

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

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2 months ago

Great hike. Not super challenging. This time of year make sure to bring good bug spray. Still a little bit of snow, random patches, no need for any special gear.

Great! Definitely hiking up a service road, but it’s still beautiful and one hell of a hike!

No dogs. Come on, WA. Catch up to 2018.

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2 months ago

It's was very physical. But worth every step. It was gorgeous, some snow ,but all I needed were some regular shoes with good grip. Even saw a mountain goat. Highly recommended.

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