Part of being in Washington is wandering among the evergreen trees, and there’s no better place to do that than in the Cascade Mountains. And the upcoming summer weather is sure to inspire an adventure or two. Cliff jumping, anyone? So, while you’re in the mountains this spring, enjoying some family time at one of our many beautiful cabin rentals and you’re looking for a place to take a dip in the water, here are a few hidden swimming holes near Stevens Pass.
Upper Icicle Creek
Flowing down from the mountains to meet up with the Wenatchee river, Icicle Creek is the name sake for many of the establishments within Leavenworth (Icicle Brewing Company, Icicle Village Resort, and Icicle Ridge Winery to name a few of our favorites). If you have the day, this is the spot for you. The hike in is about five miles, however it’s mostly flat and perfect for those who have caught the adventure-bug but don’t really know what to do with it. The trail is littered with excellent swimming spots, and great places to stop and bask in the sunlight. But beware: this water is coming straight from the mountains, so it’s going to be a bit crisp!
Lake Wenatchee is a five-mile-long lake, a mere 16 miles away from Leavenworth. In the summer months, windsurfers can be seen out on the lake, alongside fishing boats and water skiers. And even if swimming doesn’t suit your fancy, Lake Wenatchee also has bike and hiking trails, beach volleyball courts, golf, and Junior Ranger programs for the kids. With all of our cabin rentals in the area, you can let the kids wander to the dock while you enjoy a good book on the deck.
Hidden Lake , like the name implies, is a delightful, Washington secret. The hike from Glacier View, which is only about half a mile one-way, is decorated with trickling waterfalls and show stopping views of Dirtyface Peak. Along the walk, you’ll see plenty of places to throw down a blanket and lay in the sunlight. If you brought the kiddos, be sure to seek out the two “cave trees” along the trail.
Big Eddy Park
Big Eddy Park is a great place to take the family and your furry friends on a warm day. Often used as a take-out spot for a popular white water river nearby, the section of the river that runs though Big Eddy Park is very calm, making it a great place to pack in a lunch and wiggle your toes in the wet sand. This area is also great for angler fishing, attracting steelhead, salmon and trout.
Eagle Falls Swimming Hole
Eagle Falls is the perfect place to take the kids for a hot summer day. Bring a blanket, a paperback and a bagged lunch, and you’ve got the makings for a perfect afternoon, only a few miles away from a number of our vacation cabin rentals. There are spots for cliff jumping, rope swings, and pools so deep that you can’t see the bottom. Avoid this area on cool days however, it tends to get chilly!
Whether you want to swim, float down the river, or simply dip your feet in the crystal clear mountain water, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for along the Stevens Pass Greenway. And with the help of Mysty Mountain Properties, you’ll find some perfect vacation cabin rentals for the whole family too! Let’s get out and enjoy the sunshine!