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. 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 took ski's instead of snowshoes and the return trip was a breeze. Lake Kelcema Snowshoe Hike Info. After the first good snowfall, there is an easy boot path to follow up to the PCT and ultimately down to the lake. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. It is barely noticeable. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; Mount McCausland; Had no trouble parking at 9:30, just one other car in the Smith Brook turnout. I'd be quite interested if you attempt this hike and get to the lake from highway 2 in 7.5 miles. There were also tracks leading up to the saddle; micro-spikes were useful there. Overall a fun snowshoe. Cub Lake is a perfect choice if you want a slightly longer hike. Lake Elizabeth: 11 miles, 1,700 feet net elevation gain. The view of the lake was phenomenal. Another group (experienced with the area) finished heading up to the PCT, not sure where they went after that. After your snowshoeing adventure, come back to your cabin, light a fire and enjoy the evening at Valhalla. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. Trail Conditions Minor obstacles posing few problems. There was a path already made in the snow like someone had been there a few days before, but it was still soft and not real crusty. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; 1st snowshoe trip of the season. Trip Report By. But that's not what the description says. When parking I made sure to give them enough room to get in/out. -Chris, cwcoleman See more ideas about Go hiking, Snow shoes, Trail. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. I have included a photo of our track - GPS track available on request :-) For the backcountry portion, we left the Smith Brook road at the sharp hairpin, briefly using a snowshoe trail that went up towards #1590 to gain around 200 feet. Owing to it's easy access, moderate avy risk (under most conditions) and multiple destinations for snowshoers and scramblers alike, the consensus was to drive east to Smith Brook Road and see what struck our fancy once we got going. Washington Trails Association Trip Intermediate Snowshoe - Lake Valhalla (winter) Hope to enjoy a brilliant blue sky day and fresh snow. Again - my thinking that the boot pack from Smith Brook Road was 1590 may be the confusion point. This is the end of the road, but not the trail. We parked on the shoulder of HWY 2 and walked the berm to the Smithbrook Rd. To the left, down and across the stream starts the climb to Lichtenwasser and up to the right lies Union Gap. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. Hike round trip from both trailheads or one-way either direction. Then the 1590 trail is 1.5 miles to the PCT, and then 1.8 to the lake. As others have indicated, the Dan Nelson book lists this at 7.5 miles but it is really ~13 miles as indicated on the WTA site. Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. Climb slightly while snowshoeing across the valley wall to get near the 4600-foot level in the next mile. Parking on highway 2 was super easy. Make the u-turn at the Steven's pass nordic center sign / Mill Creek and then look for the cars parked on the road. The forecast had a high of 24°F at the lake basin, and that felt generous. That's why all of us snowshoers are supposed to read and practice "Wilderness Navigation" :-) [ http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/Wilderness-Navigation-P360.aspx ] The relevant part of the trip description for connecting to the PCT: " Just over 2.5 miles up, at 4000 feet, the road again loops through a switchback turn. My Backpack. Seattle, WA 98104. Lake Valhalla had snow but the trail was mostly slush. 89 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Community: Joan Burton. Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn. East Fork of the Foss River: 8.2 miles, 700 feet net elevation gain. Can’t guarantee either Info COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. Let me know if there is anything I can trade for the help. Still interested in that map. Go. It was hard not to notice how deep the snow still is. This hike starts out fairly flat, and most of the first 2-3 miles is actually a very gradual downhill. We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. Stuart hovers at the end of the lake but was obscured by clouds. Lake Valhalla is one of my favorite snow hikes. View from the trail to Lake Valhalla by Anthony Kasner. The pull off on the side of Hwy. Snow was falling up the 1590 trail, but mostly all rain down on Smith Brook Road. It’s not too long of a trail and their are really nice views along the way. Central Cascades. Check WTA for trip reports or call the ranger’s station . Jan 03, 2015 10:21 PM, Washington Trails Association The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Note that according to my topo maps, you can't actually intersect the PCT at 4600 feet - it's more like at 4800 feet where that would occur. Very good conditions and happy faces all over the trail. There is a plowed clearing about a quarter mile before Smith Brook Road. Pretty sure this is 1590, which is either the long way or it's not 1590 and it's the right way and I was wrong about which trail we were on. There are two ways to access the lake. on We hiked up the road about a quarter mile before catching the trail. I've been saving up this snowshoe trip to go with a friend sometime in the next couple of months, assuming we still have enough snow after the next rain storm! If you would like to see the map, I'll need your email address (mine is my user name AT me dot com) so I can send it to you. on Hwy 2 was wet but clear. About 1 foot of compact snow, with a frost layer a few inches down. Unfortunately I've already deleted the GPS tracks from that trip and today we only made it to the 1590 trailhead so that is no help either. The trail toward the lake was almost perfect. on Check your maps! At lower elevations the snow was crusted, but soft. Jan 03, 2015 06:39 PM. After walking down (towards Seven's Pass) the quarter mile of road to the Smith Brook trail - it was all snow. Probably 8 sleds in total. Lake Valhalla If you love to play in the snow and have found that skiing isn't quite your cup of tea, hitch a ride with friends to Steven's Pass Resort and peel off to tag this incredible snowshoe hike (always go with a buddy, though). Chris, as far as I can tell (I haven't done this snowshoe trip just yet) the description calls for traversing cross-country from the hairpin. This is an advanced but rewarding snowshoe hike where you will experience beautiful forest, meadows, as well as switch-backing up a ridge, all on one trail. Thanks. Photo credit: Andrew Monko 9. I dont like easy and short though. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/lake-valhalla-trail We found good snowshoeing conditions (on Feb 14, 2015) especially above 4,500 feet. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 A little further into the switchback after the summer trailhead parking area. Type of Hike Day hike. I have a marked up map with slope shading, relevant trails highlighted (1590, PCT, Smith Brook Road, cross-country path), etc. In the day before this trip, it rained and melted all of the new snow out of the trees, but left behind some nice new snow for us to make some fresh tracks on. Snowshoe through the Snowy Pacific NW Wilderness from Hwy 2 out to Lake Valhalla, January 2016 [click 'play' to start] Spade Lake Summer Backpack to Spade Lake, … It was cold, icy and beautiful. After about 3 miles of skinning up the road, we skied across the meadow and up the drainage toward Lake Valhalla using our topo map … For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. Jan 28, 2014 - Explore Jamie Dobbs's board "Snowshoe Trails" on Pinterest. Our mileage was 5.7 miles in to Lake Valhalla from the start of the hike on Highway 2 (11.4 miles roundtrip). Put our snowshoes … Lake Valhalla; Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; We set out on Saturday from the pull out on Highway 2 for FR 6700. I would say snowshoes were mandatory here. Road Road impassable/closed. Anthony Kasner Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. Wet day today, but the road is good to travel on and if you can make it up to the PCT - Lake Valhalla is only another 1.8 miles away. Today we snowshoed to Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland. We had a nice sunny Fall day with fresh snow so it was the perfect day for this hike. We hiked up the 3 or so miles to the trailhead. Once we got to the trail, however, snowshoes were needed. Since you can not drive up Smith Brook Road, the 3 miles from highway 2 are required, adding a good distance to an already strenuous winter hike. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/smithbrook-trail Jan 03, 2015 09:57 PM. Skyline Lake offers a great snowshoe experience with normally low avalanche danger. As others have mentioned, the first three miles are pretty simple. There was about a foot of snow on the road. Seattle, WA 98104. The good part is that they really help groom the trail/road. More than just books: Gear, Apparel & More Shop https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/lake-valhalla Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion. Blog; Magazine; Sign Up; Press Room; Site Search. The first time we attempted the lake as a snowshoe, we missed the turn-off and wandered up Smithbrook road ultimately turning around without seeing the lake. So, no particular reason. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. There were a few groups of snowmobiles out today. I have a map I can send you on which I've marked the route if you're interested. Between Index and Leavenworth. Previous trip reports appear to indicate a longer trip (13 + miles) because they involve hiking the Smith Brook Trail #1590 up to the PCT which means initially heading northbound instead of southbound. The 4.7-mile hike gains 800 feet in elevation and brings hikers past a series of ponds and marshy meadows, eventually leading to Cub Lake. Hike by WTA Correspondents : Rob Shurtleff Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. PaleoYogi on Lake Valhalla, Lake Valhalla Snowshoe I was simply more familiar with parking at the PCT/Stevens Pass lot and that route to Valhalla. There is a few feet of snow on the FR 6700 making it impossible to drive to the Smithbrook TH so we parked the car and starting skinning up the road. I was here again today, and just re-read the attached trail description. We did encounter a steep gully/drainage along the PCT about 1/4 mile before reaching the lake. 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