State: Washington. The Smithbrook trailhead is 2.7 miles up the road on the left hand side. Photos and trail descriptions of 'Smithbrook Trail - Lake Valhalla - Stevens Pass' and more, submitted by the Outbound community. Follow the Smithbrook Trail until it runs into the PCT. Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. 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. 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 started at the SmithBrook trailhead. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead, however we found that while visiting the lake, there is a … Just before reaching the gap, a boot trail follows the ridge up to an old lookout site at Mount McCausland. Using two groups of hikers, have one group start at Smithbrook and the other at Stevens Pass. Lake Valhalla Club, in Montville NJ, is a private country club offering members a wealth of activities all year long. Smithbrook Trailhead Smithbrook Trailhead is an accommodation in Washington. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up the road on your left. A recent reworking of the trail starts off with gentle switchbacks. 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. DIFFICULT 3.2 mi. Lake Valhalla Loop via Pacific Crest Trail. Our approximate route from the Smithbrook Trailhead to Lake Valhalla and the summit of Mt. Seasonal Popularity. If you look carefully, you can see where the railroad switchbacked up from Yodelin. Smithbrook Trailhead is a trailhead. Total distance: 7 miles roundtrip. Seattle, WA 98104. More than just books: Gear, Apparel & More Shop 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. There is a very pleasant sandy beach, perfect for lunch. This is a beautiful section of trail, providing a good example of what hikers will find if they continue north on the PCT. 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. 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, WA, take US-2 West for 31 miles. Michael 5 years, 5 months ago from Lake Valhalla. Smithbrook Trail/ Lake Valhalla Hiking trail in Berne, Washington (United States). Moderate hike with relatively smooth trail. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License. From the trailhead, hike roughly a mile and a half to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up Road 6700. 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. Hiked from the Smithbrook trailhead to the lake, with a little jaunt up the hill at the top of the basin. Lake Valhalla is situated northwest of North Highland. Sign in as directed at the trailhead board. Be cautious when crossing the west bound lanes of Hwy 2 onto 6700. 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. Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. Trailhead elevation 3,800 ft Lake Valhalla elevation 4,830 ft Lake Valhalla will probably be accessible as a hike for a bit longer. It is a decent size lot. 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. At this intersection, take a left (south) and continue southwest for approximately two miles to Lake Valhalla. Astounding lakeside views of Lichtenberg Mountain. 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. Directions to Trailhead. 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. Dogs are permitted within the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness, including the Smithbrook Trail and PCT to Lake Janus and Lake Valhalla. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up Road 6700. Lake Valhalla is located 2.2 miles south of … This makes for a 9.9-mile long dayhike for both groups through a wide variety of terrain and views. Then turn right onto Smith Brook Road. It climbs steadily on variously moderate and steep switchbacks to Union Gap and the PCT junction (1.3 miles : 4,610'). Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District, Buy the Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 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. Heading up to Lake Valhalla. 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. Sidetrip. The first mile of the hike is on Smithbrook Trail No. This tree was too big to cut with a crosscut saw so it was cleared using blasting. 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. We offer something for every member in your family, ranging from tennis, sailing, fine dining, relaxing and more. Pristine meadows near the lake with great colors in the fall. 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. Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. Hike by WTA Correspondents: 2. Trail Wiki® is a registered trademark of Trail Wiki, a nonprofit organization. Then turn right on Smithbrook Road/Forest Road 6700 and travel 3 miles to the trailhead. Suitable Activities: Day Hiking; Seasons: June, July, August, September, October 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. Required Credentials: None. Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. Look for a sign saying Smithbrook Road. Continue on FS Road 6700 for about 2.5 miles to parking and trailhead. The parking area for Stevens Pass is just 3.5 miles past the turnoff for Smithbrook. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association 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. A recent reworking of the trail starts off with gentle switchbacks. Jim Speaker 4 years, 4 months ago Track (7/31/16, 11:38:58AM) mweagle 5 years, 2 months ago Lake Valhalla Route. 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. DIFFICULT 22.1 mi. ... Lake Valhalla. As the rail bed section of the trail ends, head away from the noise of Highway 2 and into a series of meadows. From Stevens Pass, drop east down the pass. 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. 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. The highway will become divided. You'll reach the Smithbrook Trailhead in about 2.8 miles. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Lake Valhalla is a water feature in Putnam County and has an elevation of 607 feet. Directions to the Lake Valhalla Trailhead: From Seattle, drive east on US 2 for about 58 miles through Stevens Pass. The trailhead has an ample parking area off Forest Service Road 67. 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. McCausland. Drive east through Monroe and onto Hwy 2 east for 58 Miles to Stevens Pass. 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. Today, I’m appreciating blue skies. Pacific Northwest. 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 has an ample parking area off Forest Service Road 67. 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 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. Learn more about our Membership Access Lake Valhalla. Wenatchee Pass via Pacific Crest Trail. Rob Shurtleff. Opportunity to hike on the famous Pacific Crest Trail. Hikers should consider leaving a mountain bike at Stevens Pass and riding back to the Smith Brook trailhead. Mountaineers Books. Photo by z7. Trail was in good shape, though there is plenty of water and mud from the melting snow. Be cautious when crossing the west bound lanes of Hwy 2 onto 6700. 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. Smithbrook Trailhead is southeast of Union Peak. Washington. The first mile of the trail is along an old rail bed, used before tunnels were dug to route the railway under Stevens Pass. The quicker route is via the Smithbrook trailhead. Smithbrook Trailhead to Lake Valhalla, Chelan County, WA, USA. Free, self-registration is required at the Smithbrook Trailhead (access for Valhalla (s) and Janus (n) and beyond). Watch the downhill side and you will see the clearly graded roadbed ascending, although it has lots of trees growing on it now. North America. Mount McCausland via Pacific Crest Trail and Smithbrook Trail. 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! The mountain and river views at Lake Valhalla make it fun for the whole family. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Smithbrook Trail (#1590) winds under a tall canopy to the HM Jackson Wilderness boundary (.45 miles : 4,220'). 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). About 3.5 miles past Stevens Pass, turn left on Forest Service Road 6700 (be careful crossing westbound traffic on US 2!). 176 map. There are a number of overnight campsites and a couple of backcountry toilets at the lake, though please note that no campfires are permitted. It takes about two hours to drive from Seattle to the trailhead. Elevation Profile. You could hike to Lake Valhalla on the PCT from Stevens Pass. 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