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Leavenworth Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors

Fishing

Trout are plentiful in many streams and lakes around Lake Wenatchee.

Leavenworth Ranger Station. Get permits here for the Enchantment Lakes and Alpine Lake Wilderness area. 600 Sherbourne St., Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 509/548–2550. www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.

Golf

Leavenworth Golf Club. This is an 18-hole, par-71 course. Monday through Thursday, greens fees are $35 for 18 holes or $21 for 9 holes, plus $11 for an optional cart; weekends and holidays, it goes up to $46 and $28, plus $15 for the cart, but pricing drops after 1 pm. 9101 Icicle Rd., Lakewood, WA, 98826. 509/548–7267. www.leavenworthgolf.com.

Hiking

The Leavenworth Ranger District has more than 320 miles of scenic trails, among them Hatchery Creek, Icicle Ridge, the Enchantments, Tumwater Canyon, Fourth of July Creek, Snow Lake, Stuart Lake, and Chatter Creek. Both of the following sell the Northwest Forest Pass ($5 day pass; $30 annual pass), which is required year-round for parking at trailheads and for camping in the upper Chiwawa Valley.

Lake Wenatchee Ranger Station. Updates on trails and fire closures are available here. 22976 Hwy. 207, Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 509/763–3103. www.wta.org.

Leavenworth Ranger District. Contact this district office for information on area hikes. 600 Sherburne St., Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 509/548–6977. www.leavenworth.org.

Horseback Riding

Eagle Creek Ranch. Rent horses by the hour, or take daylong rides (including lunch) or overnight pack trips ($26–$65) at this ranch. Seasonal sleigh rides are also available ($16–$35). 7951 Eagle Creek Rd., 8 miles northwest of Leavenworth, Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 509/548–7798. www.eaglecreek.ws.

Icicle Outfitters & Guides. You can enjoy 2- to 4-mile trail rides ($28–$55.50 per person) here, or day-long rides with lunch ($172), even two- to seven-day custom deluxe pack trips (starting at $200). 7373 Icicle Creek Rd., Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 800/497–3912 or 509/669–1518. www.icicleoutfitters.com.

Mountain Springs Lodge. Horseback rides from 50 minutes to all day ($27–$135) long are offered here, as well as daytime sleigh rides ($24 or $26), moonlight dinner sleigh rides ($69), breakfast sleigh rides ($39), and snowmobile tours lasting one to five hours ($69–$265), including a moonlight dinner ride ($179). 19115 Chiwawa Loop Rd., Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 509/763–2713 or 800/858–2276. www.mtsprings.com.

Skiing

More than 20 miles of cross-country ski trails lace the Leavenworth area.

Leavenworth Ski Hill. In winter enjoy a Nordic ski jump, snowboarding, tubing, and really great downhill and cross-country skiing here. In summer, come for the wildflowers or to catch the Leavenworth Summer Theatre's production of The Sound of Music. The ski hill is 1 mile north of downtown Leavenworth. The Play All Day Pass is $27; there's also a Nordic Day Pass ($16), an Alpine Day Pass ($16), and a Tubing Pass ($17). Ski Hill Dr., Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 509/548–5477. www.skileavenworth.com.

Stevens Pass. There's snowboarding and cross-country skiing here as well as 37 major downhill runs and slopes for skiers of every level. Lift tickets cost $67. Summer weekends, it's open for biking. U.S. 2, Summit Stevens Pass, 51 miles west of Leavenworth, Skykomish, WA, 98288. 206/812–4510. www.stevenspass.com.

White-Water Rafting

Rafting is popular from March to July; the prime high-country runoff occurs in May and June. The Wenatchee River, which runs through Leavenworth, is considered one of the best white-water rivers in the state—a Class III on the International Canoeing Association scale.

Alpine Adventures. Challenging white-water and relaxing river floats through spectacular scenery are the options here. A Wenatchee River white-water trip with lunch costs $84; a scenic Wenatchee River float (lunch included) is $79. The Methow River drift is $89. An Icicle River run (no lunch) is $49 and fills up fast. Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 800/723–8386 or 509/470–7762. www.alpineadventures.com.

Blue Sky Outfitters. Half- and full-day rafting trips on the Methow and Wenatchee rivers are offered by this outfitter. Cashmere Riverside Park, Cashmere, WA, 98815. 206/938–4030 or 800/228–7238. www.blueskyoutfitters.com.

Osprey Rafting Co.. This outfitter offers 4½-hour trips on the Wenatchee River for $78.56, which includes wet suits and booties, transportation, and a barbecue lunch; there's a $50, two-hour trip for travelers short on time. 9342 Icicle Rd., Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 509/548–6800 or 888/548–6850. www.ospreyrafting.com.

Early Winters Outfitting. Beginning and advanced riders are welcome on one-hour ($30), two-hour ($50), half-day ($85) and full-day ($100 to $150) excursions on horseback. This outfit also leads deluxe pack trips into the Pasayten Wilderness ($220 per day). 18078 Hwy. 20, Winthrop, WA, 98862. 509/996–2659. www.earlywintersoutfitting.com.

Leavenworth Outdoor Center. Rent tubes, rafts, kayaks, paddleboards, and bicycles at this shop, which provides a shuttle to the launch point along the Wenatchee River, and even outfits your pet pooch with a life jacket for a float downstream. 321 9th St., Leavenworth, WA, 98826. 509/548–8823. www.leavenworthoutdoorcenter.com.

Loup Loup Ski Bowl. Lift tickets at this small ski area, where you can downhill or telemark ski, cost $45 on weekends or holidays, and $40 on weekdays. Off Hwy. 20, 20 miles east of town, Twisp, WA, 98856. 509/557–3401 office; 509/557–3405 conditions. www.skitheloup.com.

Methow Valley Ranger District. Miles of hiking trails, including the famed Pacific Crest Trail, abound in the wilderness surrounding Winthrop. The ranger district has information about trails and conditions in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. 24 W. Chewuch Rd., Winthrop, WA, 98862. 509/996–4003. www.fs.usda.gov/okawen/.

Methow Valley Sport Trails Association. The Methow Valley boasts one of the most extensive groomed cross-country ski trail systems in the nation. Fat bikes and snowshoes are also allowed. When there's no snow, the trails are open to dirt bikers and are said to be some of the best for dirt biking in the state. 309 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, WA, 98862. 509/996–3287 office; 509/996–3860 trail conditions. www.mvsta.com.

Morning Glory Balloon Tours. Take in the spectacular sights of the Methow Valley during an hour-long hot-air-balloon flight ($225), or reserve a private ride for two, complete with an in-flight picnic, flowers, and chocolates upon landing ($895). 960 Hwy. 20, 1 mile south of downtown in the field next to Red Apple Grocery, Winthrop, WA, 98862. 509/997–1700. www.balloonwinthrop.com.

North Cascade Heli-Skiing. If they can afford it, experienced skiers looking for fresh powder can get dropped off in virgin, backcountry snow by a helicopter for one day of runs ($1,200) or three days in a row ($3,200). Three- or four-night yurt trips are also available ($1,250 and $1,400). 31 Early Winters Dr., at the Freestone Inn, Mazama, WA, 98833. 509/996–3272. www.heli-ski.com.

North Cascades Mountain Guides. This outfitter provides guided days of backcountry skiing ($375) and rock climbing ($175 half day, $310 full day) or a half day of each ($340), as well as mountaineering courses, ice-climbing expeditions, and more. 48 Lost River Rd., Mazama, WA, 98833. 509/996–3194. www.ncmountainguides.com.

Outdoor Adventures. Beginning and experienced paddlers are welcome on rafting trips through the rapids of the Methow River. Half-day excursions are $85. 800/282–4043. outdooradventurecenter.com.

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