5.0 miles
4,610 ft
-99 ft
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
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Spring / Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #76423 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #31970 in Trail Running
    • #14113 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 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

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for 4th of July Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    4,510 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,267 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,781 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,267 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,778 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    1,444 ft
  • Distance flat
    551 ft
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      4th of July Trail Trail Reports

      Jun 26, 2023 @ 8:02am
      Jun 26, 2023
      No downed trees . Still thick brush for about a mile of trail near the top. I went early morning and got soaked.
      Sep 2, 2022 @ 9:58am
      Sep 2, 2022
      Steep push made harder by thick brush on the top half. Brush makes the climb pretty miserable, but doable. Only one tree down if I recall. Ran...
      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...
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