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PostSun Apr 19, 2009 8:46 pm 
Wanting a brown hike for at least part of the way, we chose a hike we had never done before,  Icicle Ridge trail #1570.  The first 2 miles gain 1600 ft, where there is a campsite (2800ft). The well graded trail is beautifully maintained. We hit random snow patches at 3800ft. At 4,050ft. the snow shoes came on. This was on the switchbacks on the east facing slope, where the snow was very soft and slippery. Once on top of the ridge the snow was a little more consolidated. We stayed on the ridge crest until getting to a good view point at 5,500ft.  The snow was good for descending, but soon there will be some seroius traps opening up.

This was Luis' first trip on a dirt trail, and he impressed us by trotting the first 2.5 miles up  and about 3 miles on the way down.  He traveled in either a backpack or sling when we got to the snow.

Elevation Gain: 4,300ft.
Distance: approx. 10 miles RT
Lower Icicle Ridge trail
Lower Icicle Ridge trail
The only water source on this trail, about a mile from the TH
The only water source on this trail, about a mile from the TH
View from a campsite at 2800ft.
View from a campsite at 2800ft.
Luis at a campsite at 2800ft
Luis at a campsite at 2800ft
Luis riding through the snowy section
Luis riding through the snowy section
Tracks through silver forest
Tracks through silver forest
Leavenworth below
Leavenworth below
Bob and the silver forest
Bob and the silver forest
Hula  tree
Hula  tree
Climbing through the silver forest
Climbing through the silver forest
Our turn around point, at 5500ft.
Our turn around point, at 5500ft.
Afternoon light on Icicle Ridge trail
Afternoon light on Icicle Ridge trail

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PostSun Apr 19, 2009 9:29 pm 
TrailPair wrote:
Climbing through the silver forest
Climbing through the silver forest

Gorgeous!

The higher you get on that trail the better it gets. One of my favorite early-season hikes.

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PostMon Apr 20, 2009 7:35 am 
A couple of years ago my dog Ashley and I went up this trail in the early Spring.  When we got home, I discovered she was full of ticks -- be sure to check Luis!

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PostMon Apr 20, 2009 8:19 am 
Jack's Mom wrote:
A couple of years ago my dog Ashley and I went up this trail in the early Spring.  When we got home, I discovered she was full of ticks -- be sure to check Luis!

Thanks! We did check him last night and found no ticks.

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PostMon Apr 20, 2009 8:32 am 
Good job, Luis!

I like the photo of the hula tree. up.gif

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PostMon Apr 20, 2009 11:12 am 
TrailPair wrote:

Luis riding through the snowy section
Luis riding through the snowy section

Gus wants to know when K is going to put HIM into the backpack????  hmmm.gif  huh.gif  lol.gif  winksmile.gif   s.d.

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PostSun Apr 26, 2009 12:15 pm 
What a difference can one week make! We just visited Icicle Ridge yesterday (4/25), found snow at 4200 ft., and snowshoes went on at about 4400 ft.

It was really nice to hike again and see all the spring flowers coming out at the lower section.

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PostSun Apr 26, 2009 12:31 pm 
Sadie's Driver wrote:
TrailPair wrote:

Luis riding through the snowy section
Luis riding through the snowy section

Gus wants to know when K is going to put HIM into the backpack????  hmmm.gif  huh.gif  lol.gif  winksmile.gif   s.d.

Hey K, can I ride in the backpack too?!  smile.gif

Nice pix!  up.gif

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PostThu May 14, 2009 6:46 am 
iron wrote:
what do you think trail conditions will be like this sunday? i have a mountaineers climbing trip on saturday in leavenworth, and would like to grab a hike the next day, but don't feel like postholing to my chest. thoughts?

Good question! All we know is that there was less snow on Icicle Ridge than on Dirty Face two weeks later.  The trail is probably snow free for 4 or more miles.

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PostThu May 14, 2009 9:06 am 
Luis is so funny! I love it! good stuff!  lol.gif

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PostThu May 14, 2009 9:41 am 
iron wrote:
what do you think trail conditions will be like this sunday? i have a mountaineers climbing trip on saturday in leavenworth, and would like to grab a hike the next day, but don't feel like postholing to my chest. thoughts?

I was up there May 2nd and made it about 4.5 mi before running into any snow.  I'm planning on 4th of July Cr this Saturday because I read somewhere this trail is mostly on a south facing slope and melts out earlier than many other trails in the area and as a plus it's 4800' of elevation gain to the old lookout site!

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