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. Lake Valhalla; Felt pretty lucky to eek a sunny fall hike here in late October. Less then a half a mile and 600 feet of climbing are rewarded with a great view of Glacier Peak to the north. There are a number of overnight campsites and a couple of backcountry toilets at the lake, though please note that no campfires are permitted. The trailhead has an ample parking area off Forest Service Road 67. This tree was too big to cut with a crosscut saw so it was cleared using blasting. 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. A recent reworking of the trail starts off with gentle switchbacks. 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. Lake Valhalla Loop via Pacific Crest Trail. The quicker route is via the Smithbrook trailhead. 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. Seattle, WA 98104. The open meadows and surrounding mountains near Lake Valhalla's basin make for More than just books: Gear, Apparel & More Shop The Smithbrook Trail (#1590) winds under a tall canopy to the HM Jackson Wilderness boundary (.45 miles : 4,220'). Smithbrook Trailhead from Mapcarta, the free map. Lake Valhalla is a water feature in Putnam County and has an elevation of 607 feet. Dogs are permitted within the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness, including the Smithbrook Trail and PCT to Lake Janus and Lake Valhalla. The trail continues up to Union Gap where it meets the PCT. The mountain and river views at Lake Valhalla make it fun for the whole family. Photo by z7. Resources. You'll reach the Smithbrook Trailhead in about 2.8 miles. Hikers should consider leaving a mountain bike at Stevens Pass and riding back to the Smith Brook trailhead. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Total distance: 7 miles roundtrip. 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. 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. Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. A modest grade with well-maintained tread, wildflowers, huckleberries, and good views awaits you here. At the first U turn area, flip around so you are now headed back up toward Stevens Pass. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Sign in as directed at the trailhead board. Learn more about our Membership Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District, Buy the Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Heading up to Lake Valhalla. State: Washington. 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. 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. Pacific Northwest. There is a very pleasant sandy beach, perfect for lunch. Mountaineers Books. Seasonal Popularity. Jim Speaker 4 years, 4 months ago Track (7/31/16, 11:38:58AM) mweagle 5 years, 2 months ago Lake Valhalla Route. 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. The highway will become divided. 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. 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. We got the last two parking spots at the Smithbrook Trailhead (3800'). Suitable Activities: Day Hiking; Seasons: June, July, August, September, October The Smithbrook trailhead is 2.7 miles up the road on the left hand side. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up Road 6700. Hiked from the Smithbrook trailhead to the lake, with a little jaunt up the hill at the top of the basin. At this intersection, take a left (south) and continue southwest for approximately two miles to Lake Valhalla. The Smithbrook trailhead is 2.7 miles up the road on the left hand side. Our approximate route from the Smithbrook Trailhead to Lake Valhalla and the summit of Mt. Michael 5 years, 5 months ago from Lake Valhalla. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up Road 6700. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up the road on your left. Lake Valhalla: 6.0 miles : 2979 ft : 5,040 ft : 3,900 ft : Country: United States. Free, self-registration is required at the Smithbrook Trailhead (access for Valhalla (s) and Janus (n) and beyond). Then turn right on Smithbrook Road/Forest Road 6700 and travel 3 miles to the trailhead. Mount McCausland via Pacific Crest Trail and Smithbrook Trail. Amenities: parking; Hiking Trails (5) 1. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. We offer something for every member in your family, ranging from tennis, sailing, fine dining, relaxing and more. From the trailhead, hike roughly a mile and a half to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Required Credentials: None. Directions to the Lake Valhalla Trailhead: From Seattle, drive east on US 2 for about 58 miles through Stevens Pass. A recent reworking of the trail starts off with gentle switchbacks. From the trailhead, hike roughly one mile to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. To access the Smithbrook trailhead, remain on Hwy 2 through Stevens Pass. Mount mcCausland (5,747 ft) From Smith Brook Trailhead, it's 6.5 miles round trip and 1,800 feet of elevation gain. Today, I’m appreciating blue skies. Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. Valhalla is also accessible from the Smithbrook Trailhead, a shorter route with less climbing. Smithbrook Trailhead Smithbrook Trailhead is an accommodation in Washington. Follow the Smithbrook Trail until it runs into the PCT. Download its GPS track and follow the route on a map. 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. Smithbrook Trailhead is southeast of Union Peak. 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 Trailhead. 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. 4. I'd just had some skin cancer removed from my face and the need for wound care cancelled out doing a backpack. ... Lake Valhalla. This is a beautiful section of trail, providing a good example of what hikers will find if they continue north on the PCT. Continue on FS Road 6700 for about 2.5 miles to parking and trailhead. At this intersection, take a left (south) and continue southwest for approximately two miles to Lake Valhalla. Trail Wiki® is a registered trademark of Trail Wiki, a nonprofit organization. Both routes offer similar elevation gain; the Smithbrook route starts at 3800 feet, just 200 feet lower than the Stevens Pass route. 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. Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License. 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. It is a decent size lot. This makes for a 9.9-mile long dayhike for both groups through a wide variety of terrain and views. Hike by WTA Correspondents: Pristine meadows near the lake with great colors in the fall. Lake Valhalla is situated northwest of North Highland. Using two groups of hikers, have one group start at Smithbrook and the other at Stevens Pass. The first mile of the hike is on Smithbrook Trail No. Photos and trail descriptions of 'Smithbrook Trail - Lake Valhalla - Stevens Pass' and more, submitted by the Outbound community. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Smithbrook Trailhead to Lake Valhalla, Chelan County, WA, USA. 3. However, the Stevens Pass route is longer, while the Smithbrook route is more kid-friendly. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License. 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. Watch the downhill side and you will see the clearly graded roadbed ascending, although it has lots of trees growing on it now. From Seattle, take I-405 to Hwy 522 in Monroe. Look for a sign saying Smithbrook Road. Lake Valhalla is located 2.2 miles south of … 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. North America. Mt. Access Lake Valhalla. You could hike to Lake Valhalla on the PCT from Stevens Pass. It takes about two hours to drive from Seattle to the trailhead. Lake Valhalla will probably be accessible as a hike for a bit longer. The trailhead has an ample parking area off Forest Service Road 67. 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. Astounding lakeside views of Lichtenberg Mountain. 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. 176 map. The hike is in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. 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'). 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. Wenatchee Pass via Pacific Crest Trail. DIFFICULT 22.1 mi. Lake Valhalla Club, in Montville NJ, is a private country club offering members a wealth of activities all year long. If you look carefully, you can see where the railroad switchbacked up from Yodelin. 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. Trail was in good shape, though there is plenty of water and mud from the melting snow. Smithbrook Trailhead is a trailhead. Be cautious when crossing the west bound lanes of Hwy 2 onto 6700. From Stevens Pass, drop east down the pass. McCausland. 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! Mount Lichtenberg looms large above as you climb up to the basin where Lake Valhalla is tucked. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Trailhead elevation 3,800 ft Lake Valhalla elevation 4,830 ft Opportunity to hike on the famous Pacific Crest Trail. Be cautious when crossing the west bound lanes of Hwy 2 onto 6700. DIFFICULT 3.2 mi. About 3.5 miles past Stevens Pass, turn left on Forest Service Road 6700 (be careful crossing westbound traffic on US 2!). Drive east through Monroe and onto Hwy 2 east for 58 Miles to Stevens Pass. 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. 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. As the rail bed section of the trail ends, head away from the noise of Highway 2 and into a series of meadows. I had an entire large campsite to myself, with a family off in the distance. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. 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 … From Leavenworth, follow Hwy 2 west to the well-marked turn off for Road 6700, 31 miles west of town. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. fs.usda.gov; Poi Info. 144 map, Buy the Green Trails Stevens Pass No. Washington. There are lots of huckleberries in the meadows along this trail.Pass over the gap and descend to Lake Valhalla. Moderate hike with relatively smooth trail. The first mile of the trail is along an old rail bed, used before tunnels were dug to route the railway under Stevens Pass. 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. Just before reaching the gap, a boot trail follows the ridge up to an old lookout site at Mount McCausland. Total elevation gain: 1500 feet. Smithbrook Trail/ Lake Valhalla Hiking trail in Berne, Washington (United States). To access the Smithbrook trailhead, remain on Hwy 2 through Stevens Pass. 2. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead, however we found that while visiting the lake, there is a … Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. Sidetrip. DIFFICULT 13.7 mi. 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 … We started at the SmithBrook trailhead. 1590. 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