5.0 miles
Distance
4,868 ft
Climb
-367 ft
Descent
03:19:38
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
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Spring / Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #76423 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #31970 in Trail Running
    • #14113 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 85 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

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for 4th of July Trail mountain bike trail 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
    03:19:38
  • Avg reverse time
    02:26:01
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Status:
on Sep 30, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3.6 (5 votes)

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  • Dry
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      4th of July Trail Trail Reports

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      Sep 30, 2020 @ 9:04pm
      Sep 30, 2020
      No change from last report Sept 12. Really thick bushes hard to get through the trail or even see the trail in spots. Really difficult to push...
      Sep 12, 2020 @ 8:53am
      Sep 12, 2020
      reporter Extremely overgrown and ~10 down trees. Hike a bike most all the way but the best/only way to access icicle ridge. Hopefully evergreen central...
      Jul 27, 2020 @ 9:21pm
      Jul 27, 2020
      The climb up 4th July is verging on overgrown so expect to find a lot of time pushing through thick bushes. Great ride down when you do get to the...
      Jun 8, 2020 @ 7:03pm
      Jun 8, 2020
      Trail is very dry, it's really soft. Keep an eye on rotors and derailuers, a ton of rocks. Happy sending!!
      Nov 22, 2019 @ 10:54am
      Nov 22, 2019
      downed trees at 5000' elevation , snow inch or less at 6000' and above
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 2 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • 16 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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.
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      • + 0
      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!!
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      • + 0
      Chrisellis322 (Jun 8, 2020 at 19:00)
       Trail is super dry, except some snow at the saddle/ trail intersection with icicle ridge. This isn't a trail you want to bomb dpwn, beware of rotors and derailuers.
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      • + 1
      JasonNewYork (Jul 26, 2020 at 5:19)
       It’s a tough climb, very steep with rocks that further complicate. The trail is also very close to be overgrown and you spend a lot of the hike up fighting through thick hedges which really need to be cut back. For those reasons you really are carrying and pushing your bike far more than riding until about mile 4. The ride down is a blast though with lots of varying terrain and some hair raising descents. I took 3 liters of water as it was summer which was fine.
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