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 usually 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 temperatures 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 nice running trails that 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 a 6 mile up and back with views of Tumwater and Icicle Canyons, the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers and the surrounding Cascades. Due to its “Difficult” rating, this run is best left for the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. There is a great turn-around (and lunch) spot 2 miles up. Go just a mile more and see great views looking down into Leavenworth. This trail is open late spring through early fall. If you drive, pick up a parking permit at the front desk or at the trailhead. Use Green Trail Map 178 Leavenworth.
Sauer Mountain Trail - 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 can’t be beat. You'll want to get an early start to beat the heat.
Eight Mile Lake Trail – (pictured above) While this popular trail is generally used for hiking, it is rated easy so many of our guests enjoy running it, in when conditions permit. It is 7 miles, round-trip and offers impressive views of the Cascade Mountains. Should you choose to run it during the summer months, the lake is great for a quick dip before heading back down to your car.
Ski Hill Loop Trail – The Ski Hill Loop is a system of dirt roads that wind through the forest and offer views of Leavenworth. This popular “trail” is an easy 4 mile run. It is near town and is free to use spring, summer and fall.
Apple Capital Loop Trail – This 10 mile loop along the Columbia River in Wenatchee is a well maintained asphalt trail and makes a great run, any time of the year. The trail runs through parks, wetlands and geological points of interest. Best of all, it parallels the town, just in case you need to take a quick “break”.