Mountain Home Ridge

Locals in Leavenworth only have to look up to know the value of Land Trust’s Mountain Home property. The property’s forested hillsides, dramatic post-fire ecology, and open ridgelines provide amazing views from the valley, instead of the eight houses that were planned. But Mountain Home also provides important habitat for an impressive variety of animal and plant species, including a reintroduction site for the endangered Wenatchee Mountain checker-mallow. Elk and mule deer use the property as a migration corridor, and a healthy wetland provides shelter and food for migrating song birds. The dramatic views of the Icicle River Valley from atop Mountain Home Ridge show the amazing geology and ecology of our region and remind us why this is such an important place to protect.

For a list of common plants at Mountain Home, click here.

Project Quickfacts

Year Protected: 
2008
Property Name: 
Mountain Home Ridge
Acres: 
169.5
Ownership: 
CDLT
Public Access: 
Yes
Conservation Values: 
Wildlife Habitat, Open Space, Recreation
Funding Partner: 
Trust for Public Land & Icicle Fund

Conservation Easements   Fee Properties   Other Conservation Projects

Mountain Home

The network of old roads and trails on the Mountain Home Ridge property makes it a great spot to hike, bike, or ride a horse. The wildflowers and song birds are incredible and the views views looking up the Icicle and down on the valley from the ridge are unbeatable.

Directions to the property: From Highway 2 near Safeway in Leavenworth, turn southwest onto East Leavenworth Road. In about 500 feet, take your first left onto Mountain Home Road. In 3.5 miles, you will see a sign indicating the end of the county road, and there will be a large pull out on the right side of the road – park in the pull out. The Mountain Home Ridge property is on the left side of the road. Enter the property by the old road that takes off to the east. The road is gated and property signs near the gate will let you know you are in the correct place.

View Point Route BikingHikingBirdingHorse RidingTrail RunningDog WalkingWildflowersWinter Access

Length: 1 mile (one-way)

Elevation Gain: 650 ft

A quick out and back all on old roads with great views towards Peshastin.  From the bottom, stay right at the first road junction (.33 miles in) and in 250 feet, take the left fork at the second road junction. Follow this road 0.66 miles to the view point.

Rat Creek Ridge Trail BikingHikingBirdingHorse RidingTrail RunningDog WalkingWildflowersWinter Access

Length: 1.7 miles (one way from the bottom)

Elevation Gain: 800 ft

This route offers amazing views of the city of Leavenworth.  From the bottom, stay right at the first road junction (.33 miles in) and in 250 feet, take the right fork at the second road junction.  In another 0.3 miles, there is a small pull out to the right of the road and a trail takes off west from there.  Follow this single track to the top of the ridge.  After 3/4th of a mile, take the trail on the left heading south.  In 0.1 miles, you will intersect the Canyon Crest Trail on your left. 

Canyon Crest Trail BikingHikingBirdingHorse RidingTrail RunningDog WalkingWildflowersWinter Access

Length: 1.5 miles (one way from the bottom)

Elevation Gain: 680 feet

This route passes a wetland that offers exceptional birding and plant diversity.  From the bottom, stay right at the first road junction (.33 miles in) and in 250 feet, take the right fork at the second road junction.  Stay on the road as it narrows into a single track trail. In 1.1 miles, you will intersect the Rat Creek Ridge Trail.


Mountain Home Ridge Map

For a map of Mountain Home Ridge, click here.