Nestled just outside the charming Bavarian-styled town of Leavenworth, Washington, Freund Canyon Trail offers cyclists an experience blending both rigorous climbing and exhilarating downhill sections. With a distance of 11 miles and marked as an intermediate-level route, this loop trail has been commended for its stunning views, bobsled-type berms, and well-maintained track.
To reach this must-ride trail, head north from downtown Leavenworth on Chemstick Highway. Turn left toward Freund Canyon before the railway bridge. Continue on this road until the pavement ends. A parking lot marks the beginning of your adventure. It is advised to continue up the dirt road for about 1 to 1.5 miles, avoiding the lower trail on the left to prevent any collision with fast-moving downhill riders.
The ascent is steady, traversing through a canyon that eventually opens up to a mesmerizing meadow. Here the trail forks; taking the right fork is recommended. This climbing section offers not only a physical challenge but also a feast for the eyes—so don't forget to pause and take in the views.
After your short respite at the top, brace yourself for a thrilling descent. Riders have highlighted the fast, smooth downhill path which features multiple washout jumps and even several large berms to carve. It's an adrenaline-pumping experience that makes the climb utterly worthwhile.
Freund Canyon Trail ticks almost every box—physical challenge, fast-paced action, and unparalleled scenic beauty. Whether you're capturing the stunning landscape or catching air on the downhill, it's a loop trail that promises a rewarding ride for intermediate-level cyclists.