... Snowshoe and Camp at Skyline Lake. We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. 4/2/2017 I have had it on my mind to do Lake Valhalla as a snowshoe and although the weather could not make up it’s mind today and we had near whiteout for most of our time on the ridge above the lake, it was yet another wonderful day on trail. Your path steadily gains in elevation, while views are mostly forested. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. After reaching the ridge, you can enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Valhalla when the trail crosses the Pacific Crest Trail leading in to the Nason Creek Valley. After the first good snowfall, there is an easy boot path to follow up to the PCT and ultimately down to the lake. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Very wet snow all around, with the wintry mix today. Six of us headed up to Stevens Pass with the intention of driving to Smithbrook Trailhead to snowshoe to Lake Valhalla. We took ski's instead of snowshoes and the return trip was a breeze. 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. From there we went cross country up valley to Lake Valhalla per Dan Nelson's description. Very good conditions and happy faces all over the trail. I have a marked up map with slope shading, relevant trails highlighted (1590, PCT, Smith Brook Road, cross-country path), etc. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe. Dec 30, 2014 09:34 PM, Yes, I would love to see this trail on a map. Hike Finder Map; Hiking Guide; Trip Reports; Hiking with Kids; Hiking by Season; Trail Smarts; Passes and Permits; Ranger Station Info; Youth Programs; Trail Work Parties; Get Involved . Lake Valhalla had snow but the trail was mostly slush. Mountaineers Books. There were already tracks this way (and another group leading the way) - so it was easy to find. We hiked up the 3 or so miles to the trailhead. Posted by: ... Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. 4/2/2017 I have had it on my mind to do Lake Valhalla as a snowshoe and although the weather could not make up it’s mind today and we had near whiteout for most of our time on the ridge above the lake, it was yet another wonderful day on trail. Our mileage was 5.7 miles in to Lake Valhalla from the start of the hike on Highway 2 (11.4 miles roundtrip). https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/lake-valhalla-trail Seattle, WA 98104. 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. 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. That's why all of us snowshoers are supposed to read and practice "Wilderness Navigation" :-)
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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. I have included a photo of our track - GPS track available on request :-) Go. This is the end of the road, but not the trail. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Overall a fun snowshoe. 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. Snow was falling up the 1590 trail, but mostly all rain down on Smith Brook Road. on Parked at the Highway 2 pullout past Stevens Pass and headed up FR6700. I think the 7.5 number comes from the summer trip. Snowshowed to Lake Valhalla on Saturday. Only sort of needed snowshoes here because of the snowmobile traffic. 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. Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn. See more ideas about the great outdoors, places to go, places to see. Snow Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended. Going back to #1590 to get up to the PCT would indeed add some miles. Cub Lake is a perfect choice if you want a slightly longer hike. We did encounter a steep gully/drainage along the PCT about 1/4 mile before reaching the lake. I know the path started just past the 1590 trailhead, but maybe I was wrong here and it was a separate path up to the PCT. 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. Leave the road at the apex of that switchback, and traverse the open hillside above Smith Brook. 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. Do you disagree with whoever edited this hike description and changed it to 13 miles? In general going straight ahead on a rising traverse above the creek you'll find Lake Valhalla (1.8 miles) beyond the saddle at the head of the valley. Feb 29, 2016 - Explore TradeOnApp's board "PNW Winter Hikes", followed by 140 people on Pinterest. The only map I have is the Green Trails map. Check your maps! I would say snowshoes were mandatory here. There were a few groups of snowmobiles out today. WTA description below. Share . About 1 foot of compact snow, with a frost layer a few inches down. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended, Meadow along trail 1590, about half way between PCT and the road, Smith Brook Road - grooming courtesy of many snowmobiles, Cross-country connection to PCT on Lake Valhalla snowshoe trip. 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! Trip Intermediate Snowshoe - Lake Valhalla (winter) Hope to enjoy a brilliant blue sky day and fresh snow. We found good snowshoeing conditions (on Feb 14, 2015) especially above 4,500 feet. Another option if it rains or the weather is sketchy is easier and shorter and starts from the Smithbrook Trail and then taking a left on the PCT this hike is a very moderate hike of 5.5 miles RT and just 1500 ft elevation gain to a high Alpine sandy-beached lake on the Pacific Crest Trail north of Stevens Pass. The trail toward the lake was almost perfect. Others who have made the trip before were confident it was the way. It is barely noticeable. Yeah - I've done my fair share of 'wilderness navigation'. East Fork of the Foss River: 8.2 miles, 700 feet net elevation gain. The pull off on the side of Hwy. Up on the PCT, as we were breaking trail, the PCT was scarcely visible however we easily followed it using GPS and compass bearings. The route described in Snowshoe Routes Washington doesn't go on trail #1590. Jan 03, 2015 09:57 PM. Central Cascades. We had a nice sunny Fall day with fresh snow so it was the perfect day for this hike. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. The 1.6-mile hike runs through a forest of aspen and pine before reaching the 30-foot waterfall that cascades down to Glacier Creek. Climb slightly while snowshoeing across the valley wall to get near the 4600-foot level in the next mile. Print. According to the paragraph quote above - the PCT junction is at 3.5 miles (well before the lake) and that alone is 7 miles. View from the trail to Lake Valhalla by Anthony Kasner. Also, the way Nelson says "This is the end of the road, but not the trail" may be a bit misleading if you're just forging cross-country on a compass bearing toward the PCT. See more ideas about Go hiking, Snow shoes, Trail. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 By the way - today was super fun. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. 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; Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; We set out on Saturday from the pull out on Highway 2 for FR 6700. 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. Join & Give; Volunteer; Take Action; Events; Donate; News . WTA’s Commitment to Stand Against Racism; Go Outside . So, no particular reason. Not new to snow travel. Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended, GPS Track to Lake Valhalla (5.7 miles one-way), Some artful snow layers on boulders along Smith Brook Road. Great road in, well maintained trail and great scenery the second half of the hike. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; Mount McCausland; Had no trouble parking at 9:30, just one other car in the Smith Brook turnout. It was hard not to notice how deep the snow still is. It is not clear here how I would connect to the PCT from Smith Brook Road, other than 1590. From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). I was here again today, and just re-read the attached trail description. 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. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/lake-valhalla 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 snow on the forest service road was compacted, so there was no need for snowshoes. It’s not too long of a trail and their are really nice views along the way. Check WTA for trip reports or call the ranger’s station . The spur we took, and that is still blazed today - is just beyond the summer trailhead. Once we got to the trail, however, snowshoes were needed. Blog; Magazine; Sign Up; Press Room; Site Search. Then the climbing began.... not overly steep - but a tight snowshoe track. She has also posted a TR (WTA) and you can find it here. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Snowshoe Package Choices: * Prices good December through April excluding holidays. Take a spur into the woods at the trailhead (which is 3 miles from the car). Still interested in that map. Bugs No bugs. The camera was stored away at this point, as the trail became rockier and more of a scramble. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity. To the left, down and across the stream starts the climb to Lichtenwasser and up to the right lies Union Gap. Let me know if there is anything I can trade for the help. We didn't make it to the PCT junction. Thanks. More than just books: Gear, Apparel & More Shop It was cold, icy and beautiful. Hwy 2 was wet but clear. Jan 03, 2015 06:39 PM. One thing to note - the 7.5 miles listed for this hike is misleading... From highway 2 up Smith Brook Road to the 1590 trailhead is 3 - 3.5 miles (depending if you take the shortcut around the major switchback). There are two ways to access 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. Lake Elizabeth: 11 miles, 1,700 feet net elevation gain. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe ... but instead of going to the resort like the rest of the masses we headed on the PCT toward Lake 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. Jan 03, 2015 10:21 PM, Washington Trails Association Put our snowshoes … Hike round trip from both trailheads or one-way either direction. I have a map I can send you on which I've marked the route if you're interested. Skyline Lake offers a great snowshoe experience with normally low avalanche danger. Seattle, WA 98104. 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. Surprise Lake: 8 … A popular summertime destination for many hikers and backpackers, Lake Valhalla also makes a rewarding advanced snowshoe route. Then the 1590 trail is 1.5 miles to the PCT, and then 1.8 to the lake. on Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. There were also tracks leading up to the saddle; micro-spikes were useful there. Snowshoe Lake Valhalla. After your snowshoeing adventure, come back to your cabin, light a fire and enjoy the evening at Valhalla. 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 … Today we snowshoed to Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland. As others have mentioned, the first three miles are pretty simple. So there would not be an established trail for that portion between the Smith Brook road and the PCT. cwcoleman Lake Valhalla is one of my favorite snow hikes. Road Road impassable/closed. .5 miles from the PCT. 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. Basic Snowshoe Add-on Add on snowshoes to your reservation. I'd be quite interested if you attempt this hike and get to the lake from highway 2 in 7.5 miles. Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. Stuart hovers at the end of the lake but was obscured by clouds. Probably 8 sleds in total. My Backpack. We parked on the shoulder of HWY 2 and walked the berm to the Smithbrook Rd. But that's not what the description says. Another group (experienced with the area) finished heading up to the PCT, not sure where they went after that. Instead of following the Smith Brook Trail, we navigated cross country up valley toward Lake Valhalla. Melakwa Lake was our first really snowy hike of this season. We also enjoyed the very cool layering of snow on some boulders along the side of Smith Brook Road (see photo). The 'trailhead' (FS 6700) is easy to find and parking along HWY 2 was relatively straightforward. 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. At lower elevations the snow was crusted, but soft. The crossover to … 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. Super accessible, easy hike just past the summit of Stevens Pass. There, at 3.5 miles from the trailhead, catch the snow-obscured PCT, cross the head of the Smith Brook valley, and hike another 0.25 mile southwest to the Lake Valhalla basin at 4800 feet. Snowshoes to your reservation room to get up to the trail half of the snowmobile traffic 1/3 of the.... 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