The Leavenworth area is located in the heart of the Wenatchee National Forest, a 2.2 million acre wonderland nestled in the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range and includes the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Gacier Peaks Wildnerness areas.

Chelan County consists of only 13% privately owned land.  The other 87% is either State or Federal land, which is why we are such a recreational and scenic treasure.

People of all ages and abilitis can find a place to recreate in the Leavenworth area.  Explore some of the recreational opportunities that many locals and visitors alike enjoy.

Alpine & Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding & Snowshoeing



Snowboarders, apline & nordic skiiers enjoy the Stevens Pass Ski Area, located about 36 miles west of Leavenworth, and Mission Ridge, located about 43 miles east.

At the Leavenworth Ski Hill, The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club offers alpine & nordic skiing, snowboarding, tubing and a jumping facility. The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club grooms 24 kilometers of nordic & snowhoeing trails at four different locations in Leavenworth. The Lake Wenatchee State Park and Kahler Glen Golf and Ski Resort also offer miles of nordic skiing & snowshoeing trails. Plain Valley Nordic Ski Trails offers over 22K of groomed skate and classic x-county ski trails.




Leavenworth and the surrounding area offers hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, touting it as one of the best snowmobile locations in the country. Sugarload Lookout and Sno Cone (2,000 ft above Lake Wenatchee) offer breathtaking views that you will never forget. Own your own snowmobile? You can visit the Washington State Parks website to view area Sno Park information.  Leavenworth Powersports Adventure59er Diner & CabinsCJ Rentals and Bavarian Boondockers offer snowmobile rentals. New to snomobiling? Mountain Springs Lodge offers guided snomobile tours, no experience needed and they provide everything.

Sleigh Rides & Hay Rides


  Fans of sleigh rides and hay rides indulge their passions at Mountain Springs LodgeEagle Creek Ranch and Red Tail Canyon Farm.



  In the midst of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and the Glacier Peaks Wilderness areas, hiking in the Wenatchee National Forest offers some of the most scenic and challenging terrain in the Pacific Northwest.

With over 2,500 miles of recreational trails, hikers of all ages can find a place to enjoy the beauty of this area. The Leavenworth Ranger Station has maps of all area trails as well as day use permits for those areas that require them. Other great resources are Wenatchee Outdoors and the Trails Page.

Rock Climbing






The Leavenworth area has some of the most diverse climbing in Washington… from sandstone to sheer faces of granite. From Icicle Canyon, Tumwater Canyon and east to the Peshastin Pinnacles State Park, rock climbers have long known of the vast opportunities for both beginning and advanced climbers.

Further east along the Columbia River Gorge, near the Gorge Amphitheater, local climbers also frequent impressive basalt columns.

The Leavenworth Ranger Station has maps for several climbs in the Leavenworth area. You can also visit our friends at the Northwest Mountain School, they are IFMGA Licensed Guides that offer rock climbing, apline mountaineering, and ski mountaineering trips.

Rafting, Kayaking, SUP Boarding & Tubing



The Wenatchee River offers raging rapids and calm straits. You can often see people enjoying the calm waters on an air mattress or inner tube. Many take advantage of the several river rafting, paddleboarding and river tubing companies in Leavenworth that provide a thrilling river experience.

The Wenatchee River is also known for its kayaking. All kayakers or rafters taking on the Wenatchee River for the first time should only venture out with those who are familiar with the river.

Mountain Biking



There are many trails and roads to enjoy mountain biking in the Leavenworth area and the Stevens Pass Ski Area now offers the Stevens Pass Bike Park in the summer season. In addition, there are several cycling rallies that take place which draw visitors from many different regions.

For more information about specific trails open to mountain biking as well as permits that may be required, contact the Leavenworth Ranger Station. There is also the Leavenworth Pump Path providing a free, safe, low-risk environment with minimal environmental impact for our community to gather, exercise, develop biking skills and have fun.



  Golfers can alternate between several varieties of golfing pleasures. Kahler Glen Golf and Ski Resort near Lake Wenatchee, and the Leavenworth Golf Course just off Icicle Road in Leavenworth each offer quality 18-hole courses.

Enzian Falls, in the heart of Leavenworth, offers a championship putting course and for those who like to play miniature golf, the Icicle Junction Family Fun Center provides a truly fun experience.





Fishermen enjoy an impressive array of rivers and lakes including Lake Wenatchee, Fish Lake, and parts of the Wenatchee River.

The Wenatchee River, its tributaries and lakes in the Leavenworth area are known for salmon and trout. Fish Lake, located just a mile northeast of Lake Wenatchee, is noted for its brown trout, but also holds a good stock of rainbow and eastern brook trout.

For the most recent rule information, including seasons and emergency changes, it is best to first check with the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife before fishing in the area.

Windsurfing, Sailing & Boating



Windsurfing and sailing is enjoyed is enjoyed on our glacier fed Lake Wenatchee surrounded by stunning scenery of Dirty Face Peak and Nason Ridge.

Only 20 miles east of Leavenworth, boaters can enjoy the mighty Columbia River, and within an hour, Lake Chelan and it's high desert heat. Two hours east lies pristine Lake Roosevelt, stretching from Grand Coulee 180 miles north to the Canadian border.