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Results List

98 Hikes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 3350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(9 votes)
Hike along a raucous waterway to a gorgeous alpine meadow with hiker and stock camps available. It's the perfect basecamp for multi-night adventures.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
If you need to take a break before braving the traffic coming back into Seattle on a Sunday evening, or if you want to stretch your legs on the way over the pass to adventures in Leavenworth, the Skyline Lake Trail is just the thing.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
24.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
A steep and rough-at-times trail leads hikers into some of the loneliest, yet most stunning, lake basins within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(13 votes)
Josephine is a beautiful lake 5.2 miles south of Stevens Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail winds thru the Stevens Pass Ski area, climbing for two miles to top of the hill, gaining 1000 feet along the way.
 
 
 
117.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 26351 ft.
Highest Point: 6600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
By far the most difficult stretch of PCT in Washington, Section K puts hikers through a grueling 127-mile trek over harsh terrain and treacherous conditions. Yet those intrepid enough to attempt it are rewarded with a true wilderness experience in and among some of the country's most pristine and beautiful surroundings.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(50 votes)
Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
45.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 13500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This is a super-challenging trek that requires extra pre-planning and likely some route-finding experience, but promises a rugged, gorgeous few days in the landscape south and east of Stevens Pass.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Just west of the town of Leavenworth, the Tumwater Pipeline Trail offers a lovely riverside ramble at any time of year. Enjoy the high waters and flowers blooming in spring, photograph vivid color in fall, and try out your snowshoes in winter. Whatever the season, this is a beautiful, short walk for those looking for something easy and quick.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
This brushy but scenic river bottom trail accesses the Wildhorse Creek Trail within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Bygone Byways Interpretive Trail is an easy loop trail that follows the Great Northern Railway. The trail is entirely ADA-accessible and has several interpretive signs about the natural and cultural history of the area.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5195 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
Schaefer lake is a good-sized alpine lake surrounded by the peaks of the Chiwawa Ridge. The trail is easy to access via a good road. This trail is lightly traveled; you will likely not see many other people even at the height of the season.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
The hike to Round Mountain is a good one for those looking for a shorter hike than heading all the way to Alpine Lookout. The views aren't quite as good, but you'll still enjoy a good workout and a classic central Washington ridge walk.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 3116 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(19 votes)
 
Parking is limited here; only about 10 spaces are available. Do not park beyond the posted signs.
This trail is on private property, and is made accessible thanks to the property owner who built it. There is only room for about 10 cars at the trailhead, so if there are more than that when you arrive, please head elsewhere, since parking beyond the signs is not allowed.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
 
A 15-mile one-way bushwhack route along a long ridge west of Lake Wenatchee and north of Highway 2. Route-finding skills required.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
4.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
 
This infrequently-maintained trail in the Icicle Creek area provides access to Icicle Ridge and Lake Ida, but requires the navigation skills.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
21.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
Hike a trail that traverses Nason Ridge. Along the way, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding summits, as well as access to an old fire lookout.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5747 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.78
(40 votes)
Mount McCausland delivers mountain views, lake views, and even solitude at the summit. The cost? The first three miles of the trail is easy, but the last half mile to the summit is steep and occasionally brushy. Taking a break on that climb is no hardship, though: the hillside is carpeted in berries and the views start early.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
Far-off views of the Napeequa River are coveted among Cascade hikers, and rightly so. Actually reaching and hiking the Napeequa River Trail is, for most, a multi-day adventure in a remote corner of the Glacier Peak Wilderness that will leave memories of deep glacier-scoured walls, musical waterways, and meadows abuzz with life.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1905 ft.
Highest Point: 5580 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.97
(31 votes)
Tucked in a cirque a few miles east of Stevens Pass are Minotaur Lake, its immediate neighbor Theseus and overlooking Labyrinth Mountain. This group of alpine destinations, named for symbols in the Greek mythos, make for a great day hike and an excellent workout.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5400 ft.
Highest Point: 9040 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
A summit of a mountain in the central Cascades, accessible from Holden Village or the Phelps Creek trailhead.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5800 ft.
Highest Point: 7420 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
This is a fantastic trip -- amble along a river before making a steep climb to breathtaking ridge walks and astounding views of the craggy Cascades.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 4963 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
The Mission Ridge trail is primarily used by mountain bikes and dirt bikes, which can make for a nice, compacted trail. But by the same token, parts of the single-track can be a bit narrow and cupped, having been carved out by bikes. This can be a bit hard on the knees and ankles after awhile (especially with the additional weight of a backpack).
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A peak adjacent to Spinnaker Peak - 360 degree views of the surrounding Cascade mountains. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
This is a great weekend backpacking trip for wildflower lovers. Miles of wildflowers along Meander Meadow and Cady Ridge will delight the hiker who passes through during July and August. Fantastic views of the Cascades, Glacier Peak and plunging valleys add to the allure, and it's all packaged up in a 16-mile loop.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1980 ft.
Highest Point: 4992 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Follow the Little Wenatchee River all the way to its headwaters high on the Cascade crest. From mile-high, miles-long alpine meadows, the river meanders. And so will you upon reaching these heavenly flower gardens. The hike in is a long approach and is warm at times across brushy avalanche slopes, but it is worth every ounce of sweat expended and every annoying fly swatted.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 5023 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(15 votes)
Merritt Lake is nestled under Nason Ridge a dozen miles east of Stevens Pass. This is just far enough from the crest to leave west side clouds behind. This hike is an under-appreciated one in the Stevens Pass area, so you may be lucky enough to enjoy a relatively uncrowded hike.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
15.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3815 ft.
Highest Point: 5735 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
You can hike to Loch Eileen two ways — via a trailhead off Highway 2, or from trails you can access if you reserve a spot at Alpine Lakes High Camp.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
This trail travels along the valley floor of the Little Wenatchee River for several miles before switchbacking up 1500 feet through intermittent slide alder and mature forest to Meander Meadows. While the trail does receive occasional brushing, the lower section can be challenging.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
A popular summertime destination for many hikers and backpackers, Lake Valhalla also makes a rewarding advanced snowshoe route.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 6078 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(12 votes)
There are two ways to get to Larch Lake: either up the Chiwaukum Creek trail to a junction with the trail to Larch Lake, or via Alpine Lakes High Camp (reservations required).