The Icicle Valley
is ideal for a Washington state trail running vacation. Our low elevation of 1100 feet means winter comes late and spring comes early. Our fall colors are amazing, peaking in mid-October. You can run these routes into late November. Spring brings an incredible array of wildflowers, starting with glacial lilies and peaking with arrow-leaf balsam and lupine. In deep summer, when the valley runs are warmer, we suggest you head up into Icicle Canyon for runs in the Snow Lakes Wilderness, just a short drive from the inn.
There are several trails tha are within a short distance from the inn.
Icicle Ridge Trail. You can drive or ride a mountain bike to the trail head, about three miles from the inn. This is an up and back, a great early season day hike with views of Tumwater and Icicle Canyon, the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers and surrounding mountains. There is a great turn-around and lunch spot 2 miles up, or go just a mile and see great views looking down into Leavenworth. Open late spring through early fall. If you drive, pick up a parking permit at the front desk. Green Trail Map 178 Leavenworth.
Sauer Mountain. A challenging six-mile up and back, gaining 1950 feet. This is a stiff climb on a very smooth trail, perfect for a run. The trail was built across private land owned by Mr. Sauer and Forest Service land. At the top of Sauer Mountain, you get to sign in and write Mr. Sauer a note. In spring and fall, this trail canít be beat. You'll want to get an early start to beat the heat.