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Leavenworth Climbing: Off the Beaten Path

Full of Bavarian charm, beer, and brats, Leavenworth is a dream. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains of Central Washington in the Wenatchee River Valley, many people are drawn to its breweries, festivals, and shopping. Nutcracker museums and Reindeer Farms aside, Leavenworth is a mecca for outdoor recreation, especially for climbers. With over fifty granite crags …

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Go Birding on the Water in Leavenworth with the Wenatchee River Institute

The Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) engages students of all ages in experiential environmental learning, and its flagship program, Field Days, partners with local schools to improve science education through hands-on scientific exploration at Barn Beach Reserve. This 9-acre nature preserve on the banks of the Wenatchee River serves as a state-of-the-art green classroom, equipped with …

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Leavenworth, Wash.—Excavator Marooned in the Enchantments

Aging dams deep in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness sparked a crisis that is continuing to unfold. Last year, officials from the Icicle and Peshastin Irrigation Districts discovered that the crumbling Eightmile Dam could be overwhelmed with spring runoff. Many wilderness dams are aging, and due to climate change, more precipitation is falling as rain instead …

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Leavenworth Half Marathon (September 30)

Every weekend in October, thousands of people dig out their dirndls and lederhosen and funny hats and head to Leavenworth, Wash. for Oktoberfest. On the first weekend of the festival, the Leavenworth Marathon and Half Marathon take place, putting a minor damper on Friday night’s revelry but guaranteeing an I-earned-this good time after the race …

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Photo of Leavenworth by Bradley Bleck.

Leavenworth: A Bavarian Basecamp for Summer Adventure

Leavenworth is more than Bavarian kitsch. Instead, it is one of the best places in the state for an active holiday – a prime location for road and mountain biking, day and overnight hiking, rock climbing, river rafting, eating and drinking, even a little tchotchke shopping. Located about three hours west of Spokane, Leavenworth has …

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Sleeping Lady Resort to host St. Paddy’s Day Run in Leavenworth

Expect plenty of the wearing and running of the green at Leavenworth’s Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort this coming March. The inaugural O’Grady’s St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run and Walk will be held at 11 a.m. March 12 adjacent to O’Grady’s Pantry at the entrance to Sleeping Lady. The fully staffed 5K course will utilize trails …

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Photo by Michael Okamoto.

Leavenworth Climbing Road Trip: Classic Boulder Problems in the Central Cascades

The picturesque town of Leavenworth, nestled in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, is home to more than 50 different climbing crags. While the area is well known for its world class sport routes, it also has one of the largest collection of boulder problems in Washington. With this in mind, it didn’t take long for our group …

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Dad with his toddler son in a backpack carrier -- standing on a bridge over the whitewater of Icicle Creek in the national forest near Leavenworth, Washington.

Hiking Leavenworth: Central Cascades Trails for All Ages

With a nice mix of both fancy and rugged activities – from wine tasting and outdoor art shows to hiking and mountain biking – I’ve never been disappointed by Leavenworth. Only a 3-hour drive from Spokane, this Bavarian village-themed town in central Washington is a great choice for a family-friendly destination or a couples-getaway. As …

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