There’s still snow in the mountains, but some of the hikes that start in Leavenworth are already snow-free, offering stunning views of the valley. Here are three fun trails you can enjoy right now:
1. Tumwater Pipeline Trail
Just about a mile from Snowgrass Lodge is the trailhead to this scenic river hike that parallels Highway 2. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the rushing water below, and if you head out soon, you’ll notice buds on the tree branches and tiny flowers springing up on the trail. It’s a quick out-and-back on relatively flat terrain, making it a great choice for groups or for trail running. Learn more about the Pipeline Trail.
2. Icicle Ridge Trail
Just a half-mile from Snowgrass, this trail takes a steeper climb up to the ridgeline, but it's well-worth the effort. Enjoy a fitness outing and 360-views of the mountain range and L-town. Make plans to visit soon, because the wildflowers are about to pop. Learn more about Icicle Ridge Trail.
3. Ski Hill Trail
This trail can be hiked in a longer loop, but if you just want to climb up the steep hill and back down again, take the trail to your left before making your way up the countless (but manageable) switchbacks to a sweet window viewpoint overlooking Leavenworth. Learn more about Ski Hill Trail.
We’ve had quite a lot of snow falling in Leavenworth today, and at Snowgrass Lodge. Kids flocked to the sledding hill, cars drove more carefully (but slipped around anyway), and people relished the sudden change, and its beautiful inconveniences.
The seasonal brrrr always makes you appreciate that warm chai or rich latte indulgence just a little more. The turning-wet snow may end up a raining mess, whether it's falling from the sky or slopping around in the streets, but it also also brings out those brightly-colored umbrellas and the foresighted people who wield them--people who show us that all types of snow can be fun if you bring your umbrella next time...
We did know winter was coming. (We always know winter is coming.) But when it inevitably does, it’s still somehow a surprise.
So here’s to surprises that kick us out of our usual ways of doing things, six inches of snow at a time.
Leavenworth is ready for the holidays! Come walk among the bright, colorful lights downtown and create your own picture-perfect postcard.
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There's a fun hike you can do just a half mile from Snowgrass Lodge. Just cross the Icicle Bridge next to Snowgrass (and take a moment to enjoy the stunning view of Wedge Mountain over the Wenatchee River), then walk a half mile south along Icicle Road to a trail that’s great for afternoon exercise and pretty views.
As you walk along Icicle Road you'll see the Icicle Trail sign on the right. Turn right and jog left to get to the trailhead. You’ll find yourself on a narrow (and at certain times steep) trail that switchbacks its way for three miles (with an 1800 foot gain) up to the ridgeline overlooking Leavenworth.
The Ponderosa pines will keep you company as you rise steadily up the trail. Views of the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers bending around cozy houses and golden fields make this hike feel like an escape to nature without truly leaving home. In springtime, the trail’s open spaces are dotted with wildflowers. Whatever season calls you out, happy hiking!
We recently held a “Friendsgiving” gathering at Snowgrass Lodge. Part work party, part visioning exercise and part social gathering with pre-Thanksgiving yummy food, it was an occasion to bring friends together and bring to Snowgrass our dreams, our labor, and our laughter.
We did a lot together: dug ditches, built fencing for our heat pumps, picked paint colors and painted walls, cleaned and organized storage spaces, set up Christmas lights and decorations, cut back shrubs and limbed trees, replaced routers and fixed sound systems, replaced light bulbs and air filters, labeled light switches and repaired faucets, rearranged furniture, took photos, cooked delicious meals, staged fun performances, danced and laughed.
We cannot express in this blog post (or really in words at all) how grateful we feel in witnessing the generosity of our friends. They put their own love and work into Snowgrass, and now that’s how the lodge feels to us these days—full of love and care.
Our vision for Snowgrass was to create a place where people could gather together and connect with each other in a beautiful environment. And last weekend, our friends were a big part of that creation process. Thank you so much for lending your time, your toil and your skills, and for bringing such life to Snowgrass.
There's nothing like a view like this to lift up your spirt and feel at home in the world. This was taken yesterday in downtown Leavenworth, just a mile from Snowgrass.
It's October 31st--Halloween--and people in fun little costumes have caught my eye throughout the day. A friend wearing a jester's hat. A woman adorned with a playful crown. A barista with bat wings. Today is the day we honor transformation--trying on the new--a process that can be fearsome and delightful, challenging and rewarding. It seems a fitting time to reflect on all the work we've been putting into our new property to make it even more hospitable to guests. We've been making our way down our to-do list, and while our vision for the future of our property is just beginning to unfold, it feels good to take a moment and appreciate where we've come to. We hope everyone experiences such a beautiful moment today.
Angela is a writer who loves sharing people’s stories. Hernan is a designer who creates uplifting experiences. Snowgrass Lodge is the mountain sanctuary they share with others.