The PCT is one of my favorite places to be and I decided to check out the area north of Stevens Pass starting out on the Lake Valhalla Trail from the Smithbrook Trailhead. 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. The Smithbrook trailhead is 2.7 miles up the road on the left hand side. 3.5 miles east of the pass, 100 yards after the highway divides there is a well-marked left turn for Forest Service Road 6700. Astounding lakeside views of Lichtenberg Mountain. There were only two parking spots left when we got there, but if there are no spots, you can find some parking along the forest road. Lake Valhalla Club, in Montville NJ, is a private country club offering members a wealth of activities all year long. Michael 5 years, 5 months ago from Lake Valhalla. The highway will become divided. At this intersection, take a left (south) and continue southwest for approximately two miles to Lake Valhalla. 144 map, Buy the Green Trails Stevens Pass No. To access the Smithbrook trailhead, remain on Hwy 2 through Stevens Pass. Using two groups of hikers, have one group start at Smithbrook and the other at Stevens Pass. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The parking area for Stevens Pass is just 3.5 miles past the turnoff for Smithbrook. After conversing with thru-hikers, turn south at Union Gap and climb gently to the gap between Mounts Lichtenberg and McCausland where you get your first glimpse of Lake Valhalla, shining in the cirque below. They are generally friendly and happy to share their stories for a few minutes, particularly if you have some fresh fruit or cookies to share. Total elevation gain: 1500 feet. A modest grade with well-maintained tread, wildflowers, huckleberries, and good views awaits you here. Moderate hike with relatively smooth trail. Valhalla is also accessible from the Smithbrook Trailhead, a shorter route with less climbing. Smithbrook Trailhead is southeast of Union Peak. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. DIFFICULT 13.7 mi. Dogs are permitted within the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness, including the Smithbrook Trail and PCT to Lake Janus and Lake Valhalla. Smithbrook Trailhead is a trailhead. Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. 2. It climbs steadily on variously moderate and steep switchbacks to Union Gap and the PCT junction (1.3 miles : 4,610'). Required Credentials: None. USA. Lake Valhalla: 6.0 miles : 2979 ft : 5,040 ft : 3,900 ft : Country: United States. The trailhead has an ample parking area off Forest Service Road 67. Watch the downhill side and you will see the clearly graded roadbed ascending, although it has lots of trees growing on it now. About 3.5 miles past Stevens Pass, turn left on Forest Service Road 6700 (be careful crossing westbound traffic on US 2!). Veterans' Day visit to a gorgeous lake. The first mile of the trail is along an old rail bed, used before tunnels were dug to route the railway under Stevens Pass. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 We hadn't been to Lake Valhalla before, and the Smithbrook route sounded both shorter and more interesting than the traditional approach via the PCT from Stevens Pass. In August and September, you will frequently meet PCT thru-hikers as they head north to Stehekin and the end of their journey at the Canadian Border. From the trailhead, hike roughly one mile to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Hiked from the Smithbrook trailhead to the lake, with a little jaunt up the hill at the top of the basin. Elevation Profile. 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. Lake Valhalla; Felt pretty lucky to eek a sunny fall hike here in late October. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. 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. Trail was in good shape, though there is plenty of water and mud from the melting snow. As the rail bed section of the trail ends, head away from the noise of Highway 2 and into a series of meadows. Consider a two-car shuttle between these convenient trailheads for a fun, nearly equidistant thru-hike: The PCT trailhead is located between the green-roof building and fenced power station on … This work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License. The trail continues along the rail bed for another 500 yards or so, where the train was backed in to clear the switchback, before proceeding up and over the pass. Both routes offer similar elevation gain; the Smithbrook route starts at 3800 feet, just 200 feet lower than the Stevens Pass route. DIFFICULT 3.2 mi. The quicker route is via the Smithbrook trailhead. 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. ... Lake Valhalla. The first mile of the hike is on Smithbrook Trail No. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up Road 6700. There is a very pleasant sandy beach, perfect for lunch. So Blue Towel and I drove the extra four miles east of the pass, turned right on Forest Road 6700 and followed it three miles to the Smithbrook trailhead. Photos and trail descriptions of 'Smithbrook Trail - Lake Valhalla - Stevens Pass' and more, submitted by the Outbound community. Lake Valhalla is situated northwest of North Highland. Trailhead elevation 3,800 ft Lake Valhalla elevation 4,830 ft We got the last two parking spots at the Smithbrook Trailhead (3800'). Wenatchee Pass via Pacific Crest Trail. Small 4-or 5-inch cutthroat jump along the shore trying to catch the bugs skimming the lake surface.If you're looking for a longer hike, start from the Stevens Pass parking lot on the north side of the highway, behind the power station that feeds the Ski Area. If you look carefully, you can see where the railroad switchbacked up from Yodelin. Smithbrook Trailhead to Lake Valhalla, Chelan County, WA, USA. At the first U turn area, flip around so you are now headed back up toward Stevens Pass. Washington. Photo by z7. Sub Area: Valid Parking Permit: Trailhead Amenities: Description: This trailhead provides access to the Smithbrook Trail #1590 which is a short spur that connects to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 within Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. Pristine meadows near the lake with great colors in the fall. Two gentlemen came through but camped elsewhere; they had attempted to drive up Smithbrook Road to get to the trail via Union Gap, but Smithbrook … Smithbrook Trail/ Lake Valhalla Hiking trail in Berne, Washington (United States). 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 LEAVENWORTH, Wash. — Tucked under a rocky peak is a gem of a mountain lake that lives up to it’s lofty, mythical namesake: Lake Valhalla. We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. 4. It is a decent size lot. More than just books: Gear, Apparel & More Shop Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. North America. Difficulty: Easy-moderate to Lake Valhalla, Moderate to Mount McCausland Access: Gravel road in okay shape to the trailhead, Northwest Forest Pass required Lake Valhalla is a deep blue gem with a small beach in the heart of Washington State's Central Cascades, just a stone's throw away from the popular winter ski area at Stevens Pass. Download its GPS track and follow the route on a map. Smithbrook Trailhead from Mapcarta, the free map. Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn. The trailhead has an ample parking area off Forest Service Road 67. The Smithbrook trailhead is 2.7 miles up the road on the left hand side. The Stevens Pass - Pacific Crest Trailhead (N) is located on the north side of Highway 2 on Stevens Pass, oppostite the Stevens Pass Ski Area.The trail begins on the left side of the green-roof building, between it and the fenced-off power station). Directions to the Lake Valhalla Trailhead: From Seattle, drive east on US 2 for about 58 miles through Stevens Pass. 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. fs.usda.gov; Poi Info. 176 map. There are lots of huckleberries in the meadows along this trail.Pass over the gap and descend to Lake Valhalla. Drive east through Monroe and onto Hwy 2 east for 58 Miles to Stevens Pass. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Hikers should consider leaving a mountain bike at Stevens Pass and riding back to the Smith Brook trailhead. You'll reach the Smithbrook Trailhead in about 2.8 miles. Seasonal Popularity. From Stevens Pass, drop east down the pass. Lake Valhalla will probably be accessible as a hike for a bit longer. Mt. Directions to Trailhead. Sidetrip. There are a number of overnight campsites and a couple of backcountry toilets at the lake, though please note that no campfires are permitted. You could hike to Lake Valhalla on the PCT from Stevens Pass. At this intersection, take a left (south) and continue southwest for approximately two miles to Lake Valhalla. Lake Valhalla (5,050 ft) From the Pacific Crest Trailhead at Stevens Pass, it's 11 miles round trip and 1,500 feet of elevation gain. 3. Mount Lichtenberg looms large above as you climb up to the basin where Lake Valhalla is tucked. Then turn right on Smithbrook Road/Forest Road 6700 and travel 3 miles to the trailhead. Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License. This tree was too big to cut with a crosscut saw so it was cleared using blasting. DIFFICULT 22.1 mi. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District, Buy the Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. Follow the Smithbrook Trail until it runs into the PCT. Just before reaching the gap, a boot trail follows the ridge up to an old lookout site at Mount McCausland. Discover everything you need to know about Smithbrook Trailhead—a hiking attraction recommended by 2 people on komoot—and browse 2 photos & 1 insider tips. Rob Shurtleff. Be cautious when crossing the west bound lanes of Hwy 2 onto 6700. The open meadows and surrounding mountains near Lake Valhalla's basin make for After you cross the wilderness boundary, keep your eyes peeled for the 8-foot diameter Douglas fir that fell across the trail a few years ago. This route is 10 miles roundtrip and offers 1000 feet of elevation gain.WTA Pro Tip: Thru-hike the trails to Lake Valhalla using a key swap! From Leavenworth, WA, take US-2 West for 31 miles. Lake Valhalla is located 2.2 miles south of … To get to the trailhead for Lake Valhalla drive from Stevens Pass on US 2 east for 6 miles and then drive west from Mill Creek for about a mile. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up Road 6700. We started at the SmithBrook trailhead. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up the road on your left. Pacific Northwest. A recent reworking of the trail starts off with gentle switchbacks. Hike by WTA Correspondents: Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. Mount McCausland via Pacific Crest Trail and Smithbrook Trail. A recent reworking of the trail starts off with gentle switchbacks. Resources. This makes for a 9.9-mile long dayhike for both groups through a wide variety of terrain and views. Lake Valhalla is a water feature in Putnam County and has an elevation of 607 feet. I'd just had some skin cancer removed from my face and the need for wound care cancelled out doing a backpack. This is a beautiful section of trail, providing a good example of what hikers will find if they continue north on the PCT. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead, however we found that while visiting the lake, there is a … We offer something for every member in your family, ranging from tennis, sailing, fine dining, relaxing and more. To access the Smithbrook trailhead, remain on Hwy 2 through Stevens Pass. Seattle, WA 98104. Our approximate route from the Smithbrook Trailhead to Lake Valhalla and the summit of Mt. The Smithbrook Trail (#1590) winds under a tall canopy to the HM Jackson Wilderness boundary (.45 miles : 4,220'). 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. State: Washington. Free, self-registration is required at the Smithbrook Trailhead (access for Valhalla (s) and Janus (n) and beyond). Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Suitable Activities: Day Hiking; Seasons: June, July, August, September, October From Seattle, take I-405 to Hwy 522 in Monroe. Meet in the middle for a picnic at the lake, then swap car keys, and continue on to the trailhead that the other group departed from. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Total distance: 7 miles roundtrip. Then turn right onto Smith Brook Road. Valhalla is a popular destination in winter as well, though the access point and the route are very different; see our Hiking Guide entry for Lake Valhalla Snowshoe for further details on this route. McCausland. Be cautious when crossing the west bound lanes of Hwy 2 onto 6700. I had an entire large campsite to myself, with a family off in the distance. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. The mountain and river views at Lake Valhalla make it fun for the whole family. Smithbrook Trailhead Smithbrook Trailhead is an accommodation in Washington. Today, I’m appreciating blue skies. This trailhead provides access to the Smithbrook Trail #1590 which is a short spur that connects to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 within Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. Access Lake Valhalla. From the trailhead, hike roughly a mile and a half to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. 3.5 miles east of the pass, 100 yards after the highway divides there is a well-marked left turn for Forest Service Road 6700. Sign in as directed at the trailhead board. Jim Speaker 4 years, 4 months ago Track (7/31/16, 11:38:58AM) mweagle 5 years, 2 months ago Lake Valhalla Route. Mountaineers Books. Heading up to Lake Valhalla. It takes about two hours to drive from Seattle to the trailhead. 1590. In summer, there are two ways to access Lake Valhalla, either via the Smithbrook Trail #1590, or from Stevens Pass using a section of the PCT. Lake Valhalla Loop via Pacific Crest Trail. However, the Stevens Pass route is longer, while the Smithbrook route is more kid-friendly. Look for a sign saying Smithbrook Road. Opportunity to hike on the famous Pacific Crest Trail. The hike is in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. Learn more about our Membership The trail continues up to Union Gap where it meets the PCT. Sandy beaches at the lake (great during summer months). Continue on FS Road 6700 for about 2.5 miles to parking and trailhead. Less then a half a mile and 600 feet of climbing are rewarded with a great view of Glacier Peak to the north. From Leavenworth, follow Hwy 2 west to the well-marked turn off for Road 6700, 31 miles west of town. Trail Wiki® is a registered trademark of Trail Wiki, a nonprofit organization. Amenities: parking; Hiking Trails (5) 1. 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