Leavenworth Area

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History

The Bavarian themed town of Leavenworth has a rich and diverse history. As with most Pacific Northwest towns and cities, the area was first occupied by Native Americans. The Chinook, Yakima and Wenatchi tribes all peacefully co-existed, hunting and fishing in the valley. Eventually, pioneers in search of gold, fur and fertile land settled, and by 1890 the original town was built and named Icicle. At the end of the century, Great Northern Railroad laid tracks through the town and it was then renamed after Captain Charles Leavenworth- one of the area’s first commercial developers and a major stockholder with the railroad. A thriving sawmill, logging and agriculture industry brought the booming population to 5500 by the early 19th century. However, growth came to an abrupt halt when the railroad re-routed their line, bypassing Leavenworth and prompting the closure of the sawmill.

The town struggled to hold on for the next several decades until the community came up with the idea of creating a Bavarian themed village in the 1960′s. With absolutely no federal assistance, the town successfully re-invented itself to be the thriving travel destination we now know. Year round festivities make this an exciting and unique place to visit. Learn more about the town, including event calendars on their chamber of commerce site.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING

  • Deception Falls- Easy Hike – Skykomish -tmber.com/routes/wa/deception-falls
  • Heybrook Lookout – Easy Hike – Index – tmber.com/routes/wa/heybrook-lookout
  • Lake Serene- Strenuous Hike – Index – tmber.com/routes/wa/lake-serene-bridal-veil-falls
  • Barclay Lake – Easy Hike – Baring – tmber.com/routes/wa/barclay-lake
  • Wallace Falls- Moderate – Gold Bar – tmber.com/routes/wa/wallace-falls

ALPINE SKIING AND RIDING

Stevens Pass Ski Resort is one of the Northwest’s premier resorts, and is just 15-40 minutes from any Mysty Mountain Property. With a base area elevation of 4,061′, the mountain averages 450″ of snowfall and features a Terrain Park, night skiing, Nordic Center, ski school, and rentals. RENTALS

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOW SHOEING

One of the best and most convenient places for snowshoeing and cross country is Stevens Pass Nordic Center. (It’s really located just EAST of the ski resort). They offer lessons, equipment rental, and groomed trails. Check the website for rates, hour, and conditions. For more advanced terrain in the National Forest, some routes to check out on the west side are the Tonga Ridge, Lake Susan Jane,East Fork Foss River, and Surprise Lake (no skiing at the last two). East Side

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FISHING

West Side The Skykomish River is one of the most popular rivers in Washington State for many types of fishing where you’ll find Winter and Summer Steelhead, Dolly Varden and Coho, Chum and Pink Salmon (Pinks in odd numbered years only). License & Gear

Guides

WHITEWATER RAFTING& BOATING

West Side The Skykomish River runs swift and wild down the slopes of the Cascades and offers year round rafting, but the best runs are when the snow pack is flowing at it’s peak (usually Spring and early Summer). This is considered one of the most challenging runs in the state, and has even been listed as one of the top 10 places to raft in the USA! East Side The Wenatchee River is one of the 10 most popular whitewater trips in the country, with hot and dry summers and a roller coaster river! It has the largest rapids in Washington State, but is still safe fun for all ages as there are so few obstructions in the river (it’s also the state’s highest volume raft-able river!). Guides Alpine River Runners Adventures (East and West Side) -1-800 RAFT-FUN -alpineriverrunners.net Outdoor Adventure Center (East and west side) – 425-883-9039-outdooradventurecenter.com Let’s go Tubing!(East Side) – 509-548-TUBE – letsgotubing.com