If you are interested in a Washington state adventure vacation, the Icicle Valley is the place for you. Adventure travel activities abound year-round here. There are many spots to discover — often off the beaten path — for our guests to enjoy. Here, we have included a few of our guests's favorites. Just click below for details and printable maps.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED
As guests of the inn, you are provided with bikes, helmets, snowshoes, hiking sticks, day packs, binoculars, Northwest Forest Passes and green Trail maps. Our staff will be glad to assist if you have any questions.
For anything else you might need, below are some local outdoor shops:
Der Sportsmann: 509-548-5623
Das Rad Haus (Bikes): 509-548-5615
Leavenworth Mountain Sports: 509-548-7864
The hikes, bike rides, and snowshoe adventures shown here are for those who are regularly active. While these suggestions are not dangerous, they require a fair amount of physical fitness to be considered "fun." For those guests who are just discovering their inner Sir Edmund Hillary, there are several more gentle choices. For more information, please inquire at the front desk.
WASHINGTON STATE ITINERARY
Here, we share our insights and recommendations on how to best enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Washington. These itineraries provide our tips on how to enjoy a memorable vacation to Run of the River and see the best of Washington. Learn More
Similar to the 150 year old game known as Letter Boxing, Geocaching is an increasingly popular outdoor activity that depends on the use of portable GPS positioning devices, or a GPS enabled mobile phone. Participants of geocaching play a game of "hide and seek", using clues and their chosen GPS device. Some geocachers hide "caches" and otehrs seek to find the caches. Most caches are easy to find and access, however, a few require a more strenuous hike and a bit of searching. To start your adventure, we have located a cache on the property of Run of the River - for details and coordinates, create a free account at www.Geocaching.com. The zip code for Leavenworth is 98826.
One thing’s for sure, Washington mountain biking is in a league of its own! Enjoy breathtaking views as you ride up, down, and around the Central Washington Cascades and the Icicle Valley.
Freund Canyon Ride
You can leave right from the inn and bike three miles to the trail head, or do the more "American thing" and load the bikes and drive to the trail head. The choice is yours.
The Freund Canyon ride is a strong climb up. It takes a seasoned rider about an hour, with a couple of stops for views and rough spots. Elevation gain is about 1400 feet.
The single track down is just plain fun. It’s not technical, but watch your speed. Many water bars (mounds of piled earth to divert water) cross the trail creating a roller coaster effect. Some folks do this trail twice in a day because the downhill portion is exhilarating!
There are many more mountain bike rides in and around the Icicle Valley. We are just a 25 minute drive from Devil's Gulch, probably the most acclaimed single track in the state. Also, the miles of single track in the Maverick Saddle area of Lake Wenatchee can be heaven for serious riders.
Can you think of a better way to spend a beautiful day than on a Washington road biking trip? We have great road biking in the Icicle Valley. With so few residents and little industry, our backroads are lightly traveled. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural surroundings. Listen as a calm breeze blows through the trees, carrying the fragrance of the nearby flowers with it. Enjoy the quiet as you ride along a peaceful lane, or just listen to your thoughts.
Bikes & Maps
Your suite rate includes the use of two mountain bikes. A Cannondale tandem bike is also available. Below are links to a map for local rides that start right from the inn. Generally, if you stay in the valley, the roads are flat. Heading out of the valley, roads start gaining altitude quickly. But no worries...you're on vacation!
Click Here for a map of the scenic backroads ride from Leavenworth to Wenatchee -- we call it the Fruit Loop!
Enjoy Washington hiking with these special tips and hidden gems. Our state has many wonderful hiking trails that will leave you breathless – sometimes literally, but mostly figuratively. Here are a few of our favorite day hikes in our area!
Colchuck Lake - This is the jewel, in our opinion, of the high Cascade Lakes. The round trip is about 8.5 miles, elevation gain is about 2200 feet. Surrounded by austere granite mountain faces and glaciers, Colchuck gleams a luminescent glacial blue. This is a workout and you should plan on a full day of hiking.
Stuart Lake - Nestled below famous Mount Stuart, the hike to Stuart Lake is approximately 9 miles and is for seasoned hikers. You’ll walk through a great meadow, home to lots of critters. The elevation gain is 1700 feet.
Eight Mile Lake. A sweet little 6.6 mile hike to a lake surrounded by Cascade peaks. Elevation gain is only 1300 feet. This can be done in an afternoon and is also a favorite trail run.
Nason Ridge - This is an up and back ridge hike high above Lake Wenatchee with great views of the Cascades. One view point in particular is considered by our guests to be one of the most dramatic in the Cascades. To the fire lookout it is a 10 mile round-trip, gaining 2500 feet.
Spider Meadow - Although this trailhead is about an hour from the inn, north of Lake Wenatchee, Spider Meadow is worth the drive — especially in the fall; great colors, no people. It is quite a bit longer at 14 miles round trip, but the altitude gain is only 1800 over a fast 7 miles.
Ski Hill Ridge - A great local hike or trail run (see map below). This is one great workout with an incredibly stiff climb for the first half — about an hour if you're walking, 35 minutes on a trail run. After you hit the high point, it is a cruising walk/run along the crest of the rim between Freund Canyon and the Ski Hill area. After you get done hating the climb, you'll fall in love with this trail again and again!
Click here for a printable trail map!
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 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. Click here for printable trail map.
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”.
At Run of the River we have phenomenal Washington state birdwatching opportunities. We have listed the top 10 feathered friends to visit us, as well as some birding hotspots on our property. Click here for a list of birds to keep an eye out for at the Inn!
NW Fly Fishing Academy
Upper Columbia Guide Service
Columbia River Fishing Guides
Southwestern WA & Northwestern Oregon Locations
RAFTING & KAYAKING
Tube Leavenworth: (509) 548-8823
Northwest Mountain School : (509) 548-5823
Ohme Gardens: 509-662-5785
Come to Run of the River Inn and Refuge and enjoy Washington snowshoeing for the first or hundredth time. This is a wonderful activity for a winter vacation, and our state is home to many scenic trails that are a perfect mix of beauty and adventure. Guests enjoy use of complimentary Redfeather snowshoes at the inn. After six steps......you're an expert.
Icicle Ridge Trail - This is a quick drive from the inn. You can park in a well-cleared area. After that, it is up, up, up at a steady, but not killer, incline. The downside to this trail is that you do hear car noise from the valley and the trail needs to have a lot of snow to justify the snowshoes. You can also just put on your boots and take a nice winter walk in the snow on this trail. One mile up is a great view overlooking Leavenworth. Two miles is a good turnout spot, as it is a long way to better views.
THZ Kennels/Lake Wenatchee Sled Dog Tours: (509) 763-0558
SLEDDING & TUBING
Leavenworth Winter Sports Club: (509) 548-5477
Leavennworth Summer Theater:
(Box office opens June 1) (509) 548-2000
Icicle Creek Music Center: 877-265-6026
UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE - Ranger Stations
Leavenworth Ranger Station: 509-548-6977
Lake Wenatchee Station: 509-763-3103
Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery: 509-548-7641
Washington Apple Commission: 509-663-9600
Lady of the Lake/Lake Chelan Boat Co.: 509-682-4584
Leavenworth Enchanted Wine Tours: 509-548-TOUR (8687)
Aplets and Cotlets: 509-782-4088
Cascade Loop Scenic Highway (509) 662-3888
Chelan County Historical Museum: 509-782-3230
NCW Museum: 509-664-3340
Rocky Reach Dam Visitors Center: 509-663-7522
The rapid expansion of Washington state wineries has made Leavenworth a favorite destination for the wine novice and expert alike. Wine production has been expanding in Washington since the mid 70's, and today, a new winery opens nearly every 2 weeks. With greater knowledge of grapes that thrive in our climate, vintners have established excellent wineries in the Cascade Valley and North Central Cascades. Many of these wineries are right here in the valley, within close proximity to the inn.
Eagle Creek Winery
Owners Ed and Pat Rutledge grow a variety of grapes at Eagle Creek Winery, including cabernet-savignon, cabernet-franc, and chardonnay, on a couple of acres. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascades, there are 600 vines adjacent to the winery, producing five tons of grapes and 2,000 bottles of wine.
Visit their tasting room May through October for samples of extraordinary wines, cellar tours and enjoy a glass of wine on our shaded patio overlooking the vineyard, or stp by their downtown Leavenworth location, (called d'Vinery) offering tasting daily. Visit their website
Icicle Ridge Winery
Lou and Judy Wagoner, along with their three married daughters and their husbands, planted vineyards in 1999 and opened the doors of Icicle Ridge Winery in 2002. Located in Peshastin in view of the lovely Icicle Ridge, the winery has a variety of wines, with “Romanze Blend” being their signature red wine, and a newly released Royal Lady White Riesling in a beautiful blue bottle. Visit their website.
La Toscana Winery
Not long ago, vintner/owner Warren Moyles stomped grapes with his feet in true old-world style. First in the valley, La Toscana is a pioneer in winemaking, producing a variety of wines utilizing Cabernet, Merlot and Riesling grapes from the 500 vines grown on location. The winery is located 6 miles from Leavenworth in nearby Cashmere. Visit their website.
Wedge Mountain Winery
Founded in 2001, Wedge Mountain Winery is owned and operated by Charles and Mary Ann McKee. As a young Marine stationed in Naples, Italy, Charles learned the art of winemaking, and he now produces a variety of wines including several fruit wines. Located right on the Wenatchee River, Wedge Mountain Winery features an underground wine cellar where wine tasting is available anytime by appointment. Visit their website.