4th of July Trail Details
After a brutal 4800-foot climb up Fourth of July Creek, you reach Icicle Ridge with its big-screen views of the nearby Stuart Range and it's long views of other Cascadian peaks. After the uphill pain (it will take most people four or five hours to push/carry a bike up) comes a massive 5600-vertical-foot descent.
The descent down the Icicle Creek Trail is totally ridable by skilled freeriders. Cross-country riders, meanwhile, will find some of the rocks, ruts, and bush sketchy. Such riders will sometimes find themselves wondering whether they should walk the sketch and hurt their pride or ride the sketch and risk snapping a collar bone. Decisions, decisions.
Note: You need to pack LOTS of water. This is largely a dry trail. Four to five hours of climbing and pushing. 50+ switchbacks in all, the first 25 of them being the hardest.
NOTE: Northwest Forest Pass needed to park at the trailheads.
There's a few different ways you can do this ride:
climb up 4th of July, down Icicle Ridge. This loop involves 8 miles of paved road along icicle creek road, which could be shuttled out.
Out and back up Icicle Creek.
Up icicle creek, down 4th of July. Note the 4th of July TH is higher elevation, so this CCW loop will get you more climbing and less descent on singletrack, but makes the paved road section DH
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More Stats for 4th of July Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change4,501 ft
Altitude min2,259 ft
Altitude max6,763 ft
Altitude start2,261 ft
Altitude end6,762 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down2,506 ft
Distance flat679 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
4th of July Trail Trail Reports
Sep 21, 2018 @ 11:20pmSep 21, 2018
|Two downed trees, an honest slog up (2.5h most hiking with a little biking) and an overgrown trail (though not as bad as the descent)|
Apr 14, 2018 @ 10:00pmApr 14, 2018
Apr 8, 2018 @ 9:58pmApr 8, 2018
|reporter Trail is highly saturated and is closed until the rain stops and the trail dries more. Don't be that guy that ruins the trail for everyone.|
Jul 11, 2016 @ 1:05pmJul 11, 2016
|Trees are out. Still a brutal climb even if you don't need to lift the bike over a tree.|
May 20, 2016 @ 9:22pmMay 20, 2016
|This trail has alot of downed trees, upwards of 50 across the trail. all hiking, and no biking. if you think this is quicker than doing an...|