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Trail:Freund Canyon

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Name Freund Canyon
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Singletrack 80%
Fire road 20%
Paved 0%
Total trail 8 mi.
Alt. change 1800
Latitude: 47.6155369850307
Longitude: -120.651340484619
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Trail Overview

Freund Canyon is your friend: In less than two hours you can leave Leavenworth on a bike, grind uphill, scream downhill on fast trails, and be back in town. If have family in tow, they can shop for Christmas ornaments and play miniature golf while you engage in something sensible before meeting them at Andre's Keller to play the accordion.

The uphill is a moderate grind, and the downhill is a fast, brakeless, water bar (read: jump!) & berm-laden joyride. Can't really get lost; follow the signs.

How to find it

Hwy. 2 to Leavenworth 1/2 hour from Wenatchee, 2-1/2 hours from Seattle.


  • North on Chumstick Road out of downtown Leavenworth.
  • Left on Freund Creek road, 1.5 to 2 miles out of Leavenworth, just before railroad underpass.
  • Park 1/2 mile down Freund Ck road where main arterial turns left; or follow main arterial to the left, take immediate left fork
  • Pass through tree farm and park along FS Road 7200 at the gate.

At the top, as you begin the descent back down, stay to the right (trail is marked).

Typical Conditions

If you plan on driving the dirt road up to the upper TH lot, bring a jacked up rig; it's severely rutted and potholed.

Current Conditions

The Trail is in great condition. They just added some "S" curves up top just after the first stream crossing to slow things down. You can read my full [Trail Report] at my site. Scatman May 23, 2011
</br> Excellent conditions top to bottom. Creeks are about hub-deep, but no problem. The road up is pretty beat... R1de 16:33, 21 May 2011 (PDT)

Turn-By-Turn Guide

Classic loop topography: up all the way out and down all the way back.

Start ride at the start of FS road 7200 (or is it 7002?) at the tree farm, or add 3 miles to loop by starting from Leavenworth. Climb dirt road to the West for 1.5 to 2 miles along the South side of the gulch/valley. At road's end, find the singletrack at the left side of the berm. The transition from dirt road to singletrack forms a switchback, and the singletrack starts climbing the gulch wall back to the East. The singletrack tops out on the ridge a mile later and switchbacks again to the West, and the climb continues. This is where the mini-berms start. 3 to 4 foot built up dirt "rollers" that I'm guessing where put in for erosion control, or to prevent 4x use. The climb is relatively gradual and the ascent tops out 1.5 miles from the last switchback. Geography, however, you are not on top of the highest ridge line. The trail is now heading South and stays at level grade for 1/4 to 1/2 a mile. Follow the predominant trail as old dirt roads and spurs are evident to the left and right. Taking one of these spurs might give you a good birdseye view of Leavenworth and the Icicle Valley. After the level grade singletrack, the trail widens to a thin doubletrack and the descent begins. Not much more than a 1/4 mile later the trail leaves the doubletrack and drops down into a 3+ singletrack descent back to FS Road 7200. The transition from double to singletrack is a bit tricky. Again, follow the predominant trail and tire marks. And, if you're going fast enough, you might not even notice. The 3-mile descent is fun and includes more mini-berms than the climb does. Stay back, hold on, catch air! The trail follows a ridge line and offers a good vantage over Leavenworth before it switchbacks down into the gully which is home to the Southern tributary of Freund Ck. Another switchback at the bottom points you back to the East and after a few creek crossings, dumps you onto FS Road 7200. Hang a right back to the car.

Maps has posted a nice topo map showing the route.

Local Points of Interest

Many great places in Leavenworth for apres: Uncle Ulis, Gustav's, Munchen Haus.

Bike shops either Das Rad Haus or Der Sportsman.

Misc. Information

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Advocacy Information

Check out Trail Right Assocation in Leavenworth (TRAIL).