Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; We arrived at RD6700 at 9:30am and … The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Snow was falling up the 1590 trail, but mostly all rain down on Smith Brook Road. 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. 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. Seattle, WA 98104. Yeah - I've done my fair share of 'wilderness navigation'. Then the climbing began.... not overly steep - but a tight snowshoe track. Lake Kelcema Snowshoe Hike Info. Overall a fun snowshoe. Do you disagree with whoever edited this hike description and changed it to 13 miles? After your snowshoeing adventure, come back to your cabin, light a fire and enjoy the evening at Valhalla. 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). Parking on highway 2 was super easy. Very good conditions and happy faces all over the trail. Your path steadily gains in elevation, while views are mostly forested. We parked on the shoulder of HWY 2 … We didn't make it to the PCT junction. 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. 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. It is not clear here how I would connect to the PCT from Smith Brook Road, other than 1590. Leave the road at the apex of that switchback, and traverse the open hillside above Smith Brook. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Others who have made the trip before were confident it was the way. 89 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Community: Joan Burton. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. cwcoleman But that's not what the description says. 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. This hike starts out fairly flat, and most of the first 2-3 miles is actually a very gradual downhill. For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. The crossover to … See more ideas about the great outdoors, places to go, places to see. I have a marked up map with slope shading, relevant trails highlighted (1590, PCT, Smith Brook Road, cross-country path), etc. The spur we took, and that is still blazed today - is just beyond the summer trailhead. Surprise Lake: 8 … 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 … 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 Great road in, well maintained trail and great scenery the second half of the hike. A little further into the switchback after the summer trailhead parking area. 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). This is the end of the road, but not the trail. Take a spur into the woods at the trailhead (which is 3 miles from the car). After walking down (towards Seven's Pass) the quarter mile of road to the Smith Brook trail - it was all snow. 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. Up on the PCT, as we were breaking trail, the PCT was scarcely visible however we easily followed it using GPS and compass bearings. I was here again today, and just re-read the attached trail description. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/smithbrook-trail Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn. About 1 foot of compact snow, with a frost layer a few inches down. It heads up and across the valley to connect with the PCT. 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. We hiked up the 3 or so miles to the trailhead. Lake Valhalla will probably be accessible as a hike for a bit longer. Very wet snow all around, with the wintry mix today. Print. Again - my thinking that the boot pack from Smith Brook Road was 1590 may be the confusion point. 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. So instead of jumping right on the 1590 trail at the parking area (all snowed under) - walk up to where the road starts to switch back again. It was hard not to notice how deep the snow still is. Thanks. The route described in Snowshoe Routes Washington doesn't go on trail #1590. So I don't see how 7.5 was accurate. ... Snowshoe and Camp at Skyline Lake. The view of the lake was phenomenal. When parking I made sure to give them enough room to get in/out. on 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. 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. 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. The only map I have is the Green Trails map. Washington Trails Association 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. She has also posted a TR (WTA) and you can find it here. Central Cascades. on Going back to #1590 to get up to the PCT would indeed add some miles. I swear the directions are to park on highway 2, hike 3 miles up Smith Brook Road. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; Mount McCausland; Had no trouble parking at 9:30, just one other car in the Smith Brook turnout. Snowshoe Lake Valhalla. East Fork of the Foss River: 8.2 miles, 700 feet net elevation gain. We hiked up the road about a quarter mile before catching the trail. Barclay Lake: 2 miles, 230 feet net elevation gain. 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. 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 plowed clearing about a quarter mile before Smith Brook Road. Snow Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Only sort of needed snowshoes here because of the snowmobile traffic. According to the paragraph quote above - the PCT junction is at 3.5 miles (well before the lake) and that alone is 7 miles. The forest road snow was packed down and we hiked the 3 miles to the trailhead in boots. Posted by: ... Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. 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, … The pull off on the side of Hwy. Check WTA for trip reports or call the ranger’s station . Six of us headed up to Stevens Pass with the intention of driving to Smithbrook Trailhead to snowshoe to Lake Valhalla. Trail Conditions Minor obstacles posing few problems. Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. We did encounter a steep gully/drainage along the PCT about 1/4 mile before reaching the lake. Not new to snow travel. There was about a foot of snow on the road. The forecast had a high of 24°F at the lake basin, and that felt generous. Mt. Melakwa Lake was our first really snowy hike of this season. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; 1st snowshoe trip of the season. Lake Valhalla; Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; We set out on Saturday from the pull out on Highway 2 for FR 6700. Snowshowed to Lake Valhalla on Saturday. 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. Join & Give; Volunteer; Take Action; Events; Donate; News . 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. Anthony Kasner Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. Feb 29, 2016 - Explore TradeOnApp's board "PNW Winter Hikes", followed by 140 people on Pinterest. Jan 03, 2015 09:57 PM. 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. Jan 28, 2014 - Explore Jamie Dobbs's board "Snowshoe Trails" on Pinterest. My Backpack. Seattle, WA 98104. Time made us turn around about 1 mile up the 1590 trail. $3.00/person per day. From there we went cross country up valley to Lake Valhalla per Dan Nelson's description. Still interested in that map. I dont like easy and short though. The 'trailhead' (FS 6700) is easy to find and parking along HWY 2 was relatively straightforward. We parked on the shoulder of HWY 2 and walked the berm to the Smithbrook Rd. Make the u-turn at the Steven's pass nordic center sign / Mill Creek and then look for the cars parked on the road. Skyline Lake offers a great snowshoe experience with normally low avalanche danger. 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. WTA description below. Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. Road Road impassable/closed. on We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. 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! More than just books: Gear, Apparel & More Shop I think the 7.5 number comes from the summer trip. Paulc Hiked Jan 24, 2019. At lower elevations the snow was crusted, but soft. Between Index and Leavenworth. Jan 03, 2015 06:39 PM. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Stuart hovers at the end of the lake but was obscured by clouds. Lake Valhalla; Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; My girlfriend and I got a bit of a later start around 10:30 am at the US-2 intersection with the Smithbrook Creek Forest Service Road (which is closed due to about 10 ft of snow buildup. Cub Lake is a perfect choice if you want a slightly longer hike. To the left, down and across the stream starts the climb to Lichtenwasser and up to the right lies Union Gap. Probably 8 sleds in total. After the first good snowfall, there is an easy boot path to follow up to the PCT and ultimately down to the lake. Blog; Magazine; Sign Up; Press Room; Site Search. Still some snow over the trail the last 1/3 of the hike and around the lake (as of June 20th). Basic Snowshoe Add-on Add on snowshoes to your reservation. We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. Contact Us. 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. " Another group (experienced with the area) finished heading up to the PCT, not sure where they went after that. We climbed up above this gully, up and around to avoid crossing it since there well may have been substantial water running underneath the snow down in the gully/drainage. Hike round trip from both trailheads or one-way either direction. See more ideas about Go hiking, Snow shoes, Trail. 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. I'll email you. Once we got to the trail, however, snowshoes were needed. I would say snowshoes were mandatory here. There were a few groups of snowmobiles out today. 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. Melakwa Lake felt like a winter snowshoe that we forgot to wear snowshoes for. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 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. 2 near FS Road 6700 has been plowed so there's room to park now. I have included a photo of our track - GPS track available on request :-) I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. Go. Trip Report By. As others have mentioned, the first three miles are pretty simple. https://www.alltrails.com/us/washington/leavenworth/snowshoeing WTA Member 25 Hiked Dec 31, 2012 ... Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; The trail is currently very well packed down - no need to use snowshoes for the part of the trail following the road (though everyone else we passed was wearing them, I find it easier to walk without them when the snow is packed well enough that I don't fall through). That is 6.5 miles - 1 way. Rate this Adventure 11.6 miles 1500 ft gain ... this hike will be just within reach of completion while it is daylight. Lake Valhalla is one of my favorite snow hikes. There's typically a well beaten path in the snow to the lake, making whiteout conditions or traveling at night easier for beginners and with only 2.5 miles roundtrip and 1,050' of elevation gain, you can experience a splendid snow adventure with minimal efforts. Dec 30, 2014 09:34 PM, Yes, I would love to see this trail on a map. Check your maps! 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. We also enjoyed the very cool layering of snow on some boulders along the side of Smith Brook Road (see photo). Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. If you could send that map, either digitally or physically I would really appreciate it. While Nelson indicates "in the next mile" to reach the PCT, I estimate it would be more like 0.7 miles to intersect at 4800 feet, depending on whatever obstacles need to be skirted during the traverse. Photo credit: Andrew Monko 9. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe. podenski@me.com There were already tracks this way (and another group leading the way) - so it was easy to find. View from the trail to Lake Valhalla by Anthony Kasner. Bugs No bugs. 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. It is barely noticeable. The new snow depth was approximately 8 - 10 inches on the PCT. Snowshoe Package Choices: * Prices good December through April excluding holidays. Today we snowshoed to Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland. The water was a deep blue, and the warm rocky cirque provided the most brilliant contrast. 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. The snow on the forest service road was compacted, so there was no need for snowshoes. 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. There were also tracks leading up to the saddle; micro-spikes were useful there. 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. Lake Elizabeth: 11 miles, 1,700 feet net elevation gain. We took ski's instead of snowshoes and the return trip was a breeze. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity. Instead of following the Smith Brook Trail, we navigated cross country up valley toward Lake Valhalla. Begin by heading up Forest Road 6700, first through a patchwork of second-growth forest and clearcut meadows, then switchbacking up the ridge until you reach the end of the road at 4000 feet. I'd be quite interested if you attempt this hike and get to the lake from highway 2 in 7.5 miles. Parked at the Highway 2 pullout past Stevens Pass and headed up FR6700. Hwy 2 was wet but clear. Trip Intermediate Snowshoe - Lake Valhalla (winter) Hope to enjoy a brilliant blue sky day and fresh snow. 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