Fourth of July Creek to Icicle Ridge
Icicle Ridge via Fourth of July Creek
In all the Icicle country the Fourth of July trail is the best day hike to high views of Mt. Stuart, Mt. Cashmere, the meadowy-craggy length of Icicle Ridge, and bulky rampart of the Chiwaukum Mountains. If the 4600 feet all the way to the old lookout site exceed the available muscle power, panoramas are proportionately rewarding three-quarters or even halfway up, and this much of the trail, on a southerly exposure as it is, can be done before June, when the floral display of this rainshadow side of the Cascades is in its best weeks of the year.
I am planning to car camp in the Icicle Creek area (Bridge Creek or Eightmile Creek Campground) Saturday night prior to the hike.
Estimated hiking stats:
From “Day Hiking Central Cascades” by Craig Romano: Fourth of July Creek to Icicle Ridge – Washington Trails Association
4370 ft. elevation gain
Reference: Green Trails Chiwaukum Mtns, No. 177.
Drive US 2 to Leavenworth. On the west outskirts of town turn south on the Icicle Creek road. At 8.5 miles pass Eightmile Creek junction and at 9.4 miles find a small paved parking area and Fourth of July trail No. 1579, elevation 2400 ft.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.5783,-120.7969)
NW Forest Pass required.
Distance from Brickyard Park and Ride to Trailhead: 109 miles
Each rider should be prepared to compensate their driver at least $25.00 for this trip.
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