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.
Derby Canyon Loop. Approximately six miles. Start by running two miles up Derby Canyon Road, not a trail, but few cars travel it. Nice canyon, spread out Ponderosa pines, an abandoned orchard, and mature aspen. At the two mile mark, looking closely, you will see a little trail off to your left. Climbing gradually for two miles, the views of the Enchantments, the Entiat Mountains to the north, and the Icicle Valley improve with each stride. Cresting a ridge, you will find a single track dropping to the left for an exhilarating descent. You wind down the ridge, arriving back at your vehicle.
Run around Blagg Mountain. This is runnerís heavenÖan eight mile loop with good climbs, big views and a steady, not too steep descent. You will drive out of Peshastin on Derby Canyon Road, parking at Blagg Mountain Road (FS Road 7402). You will begin a clockwise cruise around Blagg Mountain by running up Derby Canyon Road two miles to FS Road 7402. You will turn right and climb strongly for one mile, cresting out on a saddle high above Nahahum Canyon. From there it is a rolling five mile descent with incredible views of the Enchantments, and the Icicle and Wenatchee Valleys. Running in late May presents an opportunity to see the rare flower Tweedy's Lewisia.
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.