Lichtenberg, you have have reached the top of the hike. Approaching Lake Valhalla from the Smithbrook trail, the grade is modest, and while there is plenty to look at, the round-trip distance is moderate. Snowshoe Lake Valhalla. Trail was covered in snow! It takes about … If it gets anymore snow you’ll want them immediately. The 2.7 mile road that turns off Route 2 to the trailhead is closed and completely snowy. No regrets, I stayed toasty dry. There was a snowy arrow pointing towards a different mountain hike. Go left, and you’re an your way to Valhalla Lake. Drinnon Lake is just over the top of the ridge and is a pretty spot. Distance: 12km return. Snowmobiles had packed down FS Road 6700 well enough that snowshoes were not needed to walk the 3 miles up the road to the Smithbrook Trailhead. Lake Valhalla Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Beautiful lake and though the hike up to the summit was tough, it was so worth it. Summer of Hiking: Explore incredible views at Lake Valhalla trail. I crossed the pedestrian bridge and set off from the northbound trailhead. Hidden Lake Lookout trailhead is 30 minutes east of the small town of Marblemount and is about 2.5 hours from Seattle, WA. Hiking. Also look for well-spaced tent pads, a kitchen area and a couple of outhouses. This trail is super easy- not moderate. Slocan Lake, Valhalla Provincial Park, as seen from Highway 6 Start on the Smithbrooke trail till you see the PCT, head left, then stay to the left on the main path to find the lake. At just over 6 miles in length, this out-and-back hike has a moderate climb up to the peaceful setting of Valhalla Lake. I crossed the pedestrian bridge and set off from the northbound trailhead. About two miles in you’ll encounter snow, but very slushy snow, I brought micro spikes but didn’t need them. Lake Valhalla Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Snow covered parts of it. It gets quite windy at the top, which combined with rain made for a cold hike, but with good gear it’s not a problem. McCausland, and back to the trailhead was 4.43 miles. Minotaur Lake, Theseus Lake, Labyrinth Mountain - Alpine hike into the July snow. The trail ends at Holt road, where enhanced sidewalks can take you […] Lake Valhalla - 11.5 Miles Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades. 2 near FS Road 6700 has been plowed so there's room to park now. Lake Valhalla, Trail Map, Stevens Pass Trailhead N-S, Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades, Washington. Waterproof boots would be Ideal. I took advantage of this to catch up on my recording. The first mile of the hike is on Smithbrook Trail No. Lake Valhalla: 6.0 miles : 2979 ft : 5,040 ft : 3,900 ft : Country: United States. Make sure if you do try this trail on a rainy day that you come prepared with gear! There are two ways to get to Lake Valhalla: (1) The Smithbrook Trailhead … From here you will get good views of Lichtenberg Mountain in addition to Nason Ridge. Turn left and follow the Crest Trail for 2 miles to the lake. At the first U turn area, flip around so you are now headed back up toward Stevens Pass. This is a nice trail that takes you quickly to tree line. Lake was beautiful and we got awesome views at the top of Mt. Lake Valhalla, Trail Map, Stevens Pass Trailhead N-S, Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades, Washington Lake Valhalla - 11.5 Miles Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades We tried to start at the smithbrook trailhead which is half the length but couldn’t clear the lumpy snow at the turn onto the trailhead. From Stevens Pass, drop east down the pass. No prob. Did this as a snowshoe on November 29th. Note: As of November 14, 2020 users have reported that the 2.7 mile road that turns off Route 2 to the trailhead is CLOSED and completely snowy. Be forewarned. A large beach makes for a great afternoon destination of fishing and swimming. There’s a place to park on the shoulder a quarter mile before the turn off on 2 going west. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Just take the Sherbrooke creek trail up, connects with the PCT. The non-motorized and motorized trails intersect with roads at various locations. Lake Valhalla will probably be accessible as a hike for a bit longer. Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East. The trail ends at Beatrice. The Deluge Lake trailhead is accessible to any passenger car. Overall more stars when I pick a sunny day to hike it! As the snow melts it will be very muddy. Access Lake Valhalla by Stevens Pass using a section of the PCT. Narrow and icy . Beautiful day! Sidetrip. I started at 7:30am on a Friday and there weren’t many people on the trail or at the lake. McCausland. Micro spikes were very helpful I wouldn’t do it in its current state without. Picked a very wet and rainy day, which wasn’t so bad because there were almost no people on the trail on a Sunday. Head north from the trailhead on the Pacific Crest Trail and you will reach Lake Valhalla in 5.4 miles. Reaching Mt. Planned to do McCausland but with all that snow and no visibility at the summit decided to just hit the lake instead. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity. You’ll cross over into Valhalla Provincial Park as you near the top of the ridge. There are several backcountry campgrounds along the way at Emerald and Cahill Lakes until the trail finally ends at distant Beatrice Lake. Didn't get to the TH till noon and there will still a ton of people on the trail. Surprise Creek Trail to Surprise and Glacier Lakes, PCT: WA Section K - Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass, Thunder Mountain via Tunnel Creek Trail and PCT. Has a small beach section with tree trunks to rest. Lake Valhalla and Lichtenberg Mountain in the mist. Info COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. It’s not too long of a trail and their are really nice views along the way. From here you will get good views of … More posts by Art Rosnovsky. Beautiful shortish and easy hike with great views. Everything is very icy, slippery and wet right now. You’ll cross over into Valhalla Provincial Park as you near the top of the ridge. Our approximate route from the Smithbrook Trailhead to Lake Valhalla and the summit of Mt. See weather forecast Valhalla climbed as a traverse from Grand Traverse Peak (UN13,041) is a Class 2+ ridge walk with just minor scrambling through some troughs and over some rocky points. The first path starts in the Stevens Pass parking lot and is the longer of the two, the other departs from the Smithbrook Trailhead on Forrest Service Road 67 a few. There are several backcountry campgrounds along the way at Emerald and Cahill Lakes until the trail finally ends at distant Beatrice Lake. Crowded at the lake but that's Saturday for you. Head across the rocks, where a sign lets you know that you’re officially entering Valhalla Provincial Park. Valhalla climbed as a traverse from Grand Traverse Peak (UN13,041) is a Class 2+ ridge walk with just minor scrambling through some troughs and over some rocky points. Named after the Norse equivalent of Heaven, Valhalla is exactly that if you like wild, beautiful natural areas with an absence of people. Head north from the trailhead on the Pacific Crest Trail and you will reach Lake Valhalla in 5.4 miles. Road to the trail head is passable in any vehicle. Trip Day Hike - Lake Valhalla. There’s a place to park on the shoulder a quarter mile before the turn off on 2 going west. PCT North trailhead at Stevens Pass. Snow Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended. Easy to follow the sign from the parking lot to trailhead. Beautiful views. Lake Minotaur #1517: Conditions unknown . We started at the SmithBrook trailhead. Muddy and slippery both on the way up and way down. Absolutely beautiful Day or Overnight hike into the heart of the Valhalla's. McCausland is very steep once it splits from main trail with Valhalla. A little buggier than I expected based on other trip reports. The last piece, Parcel C, about 52 acres, with one or two homes, would be sold but likewise protected by a conservation easement. There are lots of creeks and stream crossings, and was increasingly wet and muddy on the way back but very passable. McCausland. Trip Report By. The pull off on the side of Hwy. Share. It’s only 2 kilometres from the trailhead to Drinnon Lake. The park can be accessed by water, forest industrial roads or by trail. Parking is plenty before ski-season. Lake Valhalla Trail via Route 2 is a 18.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. The highway will become divided. No mosquitoes or bugs maybe because it rain last night. Software Engineer He/him (they/them ok) 2x immigrant | Go Seahawks Opinions are my own. The Valhalla and Bayfield Connector snowmobile and ATV trails traverse through this area year round. Trailhead. The views were breath taking. Snow but well marked. 2 near FS Road 6700 has been plowed so there's room to park now. Peak baggers and view baggers may want to take note that they can scramble up Mount McCausland (5,747 feet) by leaving the main trail leading to Lake Valhalla at the pass above the lake. Highly recommended for beginners. McCausland. Overview At just over 6 miles in length, this out-and-back hike has a moderate climb up to the peaceful setting of Valhalla Lake. There’s probably a couple of miles of flat, paralleling the highway. Perfect day hike or an overnight at the lake. Pacific Crest trailhead. At the parking lot again no mention of Valhalla Lake. Broke trail to Lake Valhalla and got in a good workout. You don’t get much from the ~doubled mileage adding the PCT here (vs. that other hike, the 6 mi option to Valhalla). The trailhead is 2.5 miles up the road on your left. Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. If your shoes aren’t waterproof, then pack extra socks and shoes for the drive back! In good conditions, this trail is only about 60-75 minutes each way, to the base of the mountain. Trail Map | Photo Gallery We made it to the lake but didn’t go all the way down to it, as the powder was deep and no tracks from people prior to us were visible. No one was out today, almost had the trail to ourselves. It dusted/snowed yesterday and more snow is due Friday so this trail will be even more of a mess this weekend. Positioned adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail, the lake and its surrounding areas are popular for hiking, climbing and other recreational activities. You'll reach the Smithbrook Trailhead in about 2.8 miles. You could hike to Lake Valhalla on the PCT from Stevens Pass. The hike to the lake is fairly easy and includes a stretch of hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail. Snow covered about 85% of it along with some muck and mud. shoreline trail to Slocan and the main Beatrice Lake trail across the Evans Creek bridge. Once you start, immediately you’re walking through streams, puddles, everything and anything wet. Length: 11.6 miles Duration: ~ 6 hours; we left the trailhead at 8:45 am and returned at 3:00 pm. ... see Mt. The pull off on the side of Hwy. Pack a lunch or snack to enjoy at the lake before retracing your steps back to the trailhead. The hike is in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. Hike round trip from both trailheads or one-way either direction. Lake Valhalla, Stevens Pass Trailhead N-S, Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades, Washington. Pack a lunch or snack to enjoy at … Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It can also be ascended directly from Deluge Lake. My destination was just up the trail, to Lake Valhalla. A moderate 5.5 mile journey on the well beaten path of the crest trail #2000 will lead you to the north shore of the lake. We rested at the lake and had a bite, and, just as we packed to continue, the two young women arrived whom we had left at the trailhead. Dogs on leash permitted. After a night at the trailhead, we began the trail hike up to the base of Gimli. The open meadows and surrounding mountains near Lake Valhalla's basin make for Awesome hike. The trail to Lake Valhalla trail requires a North West Forrest Pass. I switched from spikes when I got to the PCT. Very easy grade and well maintained. Lake Valhalla is one of my favorite snow hikes. Trail Description Trail Photos Print this Trail Trip Reports. Totally worth it! Lake Valhalla A moderate hike or backpack from Stevens Pass or Smith Brook Road on the Pacific Crest Trail that skirts Lichtenburg Mountain to visit Lake Valhalla and/or Mount McCausland. The park offers a swimming area with a sandy beach, as well as a modern playground, picnic area with grills, restrooms and softball diamonds. At the trailhead there is a warming room with a wood stove and vault toilets. Some sections are really narrow so social distancing will be hard. A couple campground at the top and an open space about 2/3’s up where you could camp. Located just north of the Stevens Pass Resort and a stone's throw form the Pacific Crest Trail, the lake is accessible to snowshoers of most skill levels, and it sees a good amount of traffic throughout the year. We had a nice sunny Fall day with fresh snow so it was the perfect day for this hike. Mile 2464.8 to Mile 2470.3 Located on the Pacific Crest Trail, 5.5 miles north of Stevens Pass is Lake Valhalla. At this intersection, take a left (south) and continue southwest for approximately two miles to Lake Valhalla. After the first good snowfall, there is an easy boot path to follow up to the PCT and ultimately down to the lake. You’ll find meadows to explore, mountain ridges to climb and lakes for skinny dipping. Located just north of the Stevens Pass Resort and a stone's throw form the Pacific Crest Trail, the lake is accessible to snowshoers of most skill levels, and it sees a good amount of traffic throughout the year. We clocked 12.2 miles so keep that in mind. There are a few avy prone areas, so definitely take that into consideration as snowfall continues! The Deluge Lake trailhead is accessible to any passenger car. The quicker route is via the Smithbrook trailhead. It was a bit chilly when I started, so depending on your timing definitely bring layers. But this is a good option if you’re concerned about the other trailhead parking being too full. Then turn right onto Smith Brook Road. Beautiful hike. Reaching Mt. For those searching for fall colors, this trail was just at the tail end. The trailhead has an ample parking area off Forest Service Road 67. Hike Stats. You can see an awesome lake and bag a peak with great views in one hike. Nine Photos of of Mushrooms We Saw on the Pacific Crest Trail to Lake Valhalla: Brown, White, Yellow, Purple, and Red. At the lake, a spur trail branches off the Crest Trail and heads down to the beach on the northwest side of the lake. The Beatrice Lake Trail offers steady hiking through forests and wetlands as it traces an old mining road, following a chain of lakes through Valhalla Provincial Park. At just over 6 miles in length, this out-and-back run has a moderate climb up to the peaceful setting of Valhalla Lake. Lake Valhalla - 11.5 miles Stevens Pass Trailhead N-S. Lake Valhalla (4,838') and Lichtenberg Mountain (5,844') Trail Photos Trail Map Print Trail Trip Reports Comments. 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