Fourth of July Creek

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Distance: 10 to 13 miles round-trip

Time: 7 to 9 hoursAWFourthJulyHikeEvergreenGirl1

Terrain: Dirt trail, steep uphill climb, out-and-back

Elevation: 2,300 feet at the trailhead; climbs to 7,000 feet

Best time to go: Late spring through late fall.

How to get there: Heading west from Wenatchee on Highway 2, drive through the town of Leavenworth. At the far edge of town, turn left onto Icicle Creek Road and follow for 9.4 miles to a small paved parking area off the right side of the road.

Highlights: At the highest point (7,029 feet), an old fire lookout once stood on the rock outcropping. This spot offers worth-the-hike panoramic views of the Stuart Range, Icicle Creek, Tumwater Canyon and the Columbia Plateau. Abundant wildflowers are found on the lower portion of the trail in early summer.

Lowlights: Although worth it for the view, the trail is a strenuous uphill slog on dusty terrain. You may encounter snow on the upper parts of the trail as late as mid-June, depending on weather.

Things to know: Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, especially in the summer.

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