5 miles
5,317 ft
-806 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of 4th of July Trail

4th of July Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Leavenworth, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Spring / Fall
  • Global Ranking

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
More Stats for 4th of July Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    4,511 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,261 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,785 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,263 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,774 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4,523 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,119 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jul 11, 2016
Freeze/thaw Cycle
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to 4th-of-july-trail trailhead (47.578310, -120.797150)
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4th of July Trail Trail Reports

Jul 11, 2016 @ 1:05pm
Jul 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 @ 9:22pm
May 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...
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1 Review & 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.

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