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Paragliding in Icicle Creek Launch, Wenatchee, Washington USA

XC mountain flights:
Good lifting winds
Best flying season:
During Spring, Fall and Summer
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's many apple cultivations.

Icicle Creek Lauch is located right outside Leavenworth Town, at twenty five minutes away from Wenatchee. In order to reach the take off area, you must hike up the Icicle Ridge Trail for about an hour and once you are at the top of the ridge, descent a bit to get to the launch spot. Icicle Creek is a great location for breathtaking flights and XC mountain flights with good lifting winds.

During spring, summer and fall seasons, there are good thermal winds that can help para-gliders to maintain increased altitude. The launch site faces east, southeast, with just s few trees nearby. The view from Icicle Creek is breathtaking. You fly over dense nature, mountains, creeks and you can see Leavenworth’s beautiful town and the river from above. If you are a beginner you can book a tandem flight, with an experienced pilot, or start taking lessons.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Seattle
145mi/233km, 2hours and 23min
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
20.4mi/32.8km, 25mins
From N Wenatchee Ave drive nrth and enetr US-2 W/US-97 S. Stay on US-2 W and turn left on Icicle Creek Rd.
BY AIR
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town
BY TRAIN

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airport, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located at 303 South Jackson Street.

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