5 miles
Distance
4,868 ft
Climb
-367 ft
Descent
03:23:13
Avg time
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4th of July Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Icicle Ridge
    Leavenworth, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Spring / Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #24611 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking

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.

Access Info

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

More Stats for 4th of July Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    4,501 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,259 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,763 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,261 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,762 ft
  • Grade
    17.014%
  • Grade max
    -51.795%
  • Grade min
    69.26%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    2,506 ft
  • Distance flat
    679 ft
  • Avg time
    03:23:13
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Status:
on Aug 12, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Directions to 4th-of-july-trail trailhead (47.578310, -120.797150)
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      4th of July Trail Trail Reports

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      Aug 12, 2019 @ 3:54pm
      Aug 12, 2019
      Hike it leave the bike at home.
      Jul 13, 2019 @ 9:52pm
      Jul 13, 2019
      If you venture up this one, you know what you're getting into so I'm just calling it green :) There is some brush to deal with but get that bike...
      Jun 18, 2019 @ 11:07pm
      Jun 18, 2019
      A few downed trees. No snow left. Overall good for this trail. Steep, rocky, rough.
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 11:20pm
      Sep 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 @ 10:00pm
      Apr 14, 2018
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 14 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
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      • 14 rides
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag petomas02 (May 20, 2016 at 21:33)
       New to the area and new to the land of mountains.
      The snow doesnt come off the mountain tops till mid to late summer.
      I was thinking I would do this trail as a part of a loop.
      going up the 4th of july and down the Icicle Ridge... I was in the wrong. it took way longer and alot tougher to get up. than if I just did an out and back on icicle ridge. do yourself a favor and do an out and back on icicle than doing this trail as part of a loop.

      plus tons of trees downed, but I left a trail report on that.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag bhelem (Sep 20, 2019 at 22:35)
       Half climbing half hike a bike. Gets you to the Icicle summit in 3-4hours. Beautiful views all the way up. 4th of July/Icicle Ridge is a must ride for anyone visiting Leavenworth. Unforgettable ride!!
      [Reply]

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