Icicle Ridge is just outside of Levenworth, past Stevens Pass. The vegetation reflects a drier climate. The trail starts switchbacking up a slope, covered in April with wildflowers of various kinds. It ascends into open pines as it reaches the ridgeline. There are great views in all directions at several points along the way.
As the trail ascends, we started to meet occasional snow patches, then continuous snow, and we stopped to put on snow shoes. At this point we stopped trying to follow the trail, and headed directly up the slope, which was quite tiring for me. We reached an open area, which had been burned relatively recently, where the slope of the ridge moderated. We had lunch in the snow before heading back down. For me, the descent was more difficult than the ascent because I got cramps in my legs, pretty unusual for me.
One day I want to make this an overnight trip and hike farther along the ridge.
GPX: Icicle Ridge