Hiking, Birds & Wildflowers

A nice 'trail' system following dirt roads through the forests. The many looping double track trails in this small tract of Forest Service-owned lands winds through forests over rolling terrain and climbs gently to offer a few views of Leavenworth. There is about 6 miles of double track trail, which is great to get out for a walk or go explore with your dog.

The Ski Hill 'trails' are popular places to walk, run, and mountain bike for three season use. Once snow-covered the the roads are used for Nordic skiing in winter and are part of the groomed trail system maintained by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club.

The trails/roads are free to use for three-season use but you need a day pass or season's pass to ski them in winter.










Quick Stats
Skill Level: 1 (easy)
Distance: Roughly 6 miles of trail
Elevation: 400 ft of gain
Dogs Allowed
Associated Locations


More Information

Access: Driving through Leavenworth, turn off Highway 2 in Leavenworth at Ski Hill Drive (near Kristall's Restaurant) and drive north. After following this road about 1.4 miles, you will reach the Ski Hill parking area. Trails begin on the other side of the gate and initially head east. No permit needed to park.

Trip Instructions: Follow the narrow road as it winds through forests and climbs gently to offer views of the town. There are several loop options available, depending on time and energy.

Uses Allowed: Hiking, walking pets in summer, mountain biking, Nordic skiing in winter.

Uses Not Allowed: Motorized vehicles are not allowed in spring, summer or fall. In winter, snowshoeing, walking on the ski trails, or exercising dogs on the groomed ski trails are all prohibited

Permits/Fees. None needed in spring, summer, or fall. Day passes or season passes are required for winter use.



Ski Hill Lodge
Balsamroot surrounds the historic Ski Hill Lodge.