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97 Hikes
 
117.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 26351 ft.
Highest Point: 6600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Rivers
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

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Sometimes, taking the back door is better. At 9 miles and 3600 feet of elevation gain, the back way to the Rock Mountain Lookout is less steep, more scenic, and two miles shorter than the more frequently used route from Rock Lake. Try this as a key swap or a thru-hike if you want to get both sides of this gorgeous hike.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.39
(54 votes)
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls
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

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5747 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.79
(42 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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

 
24.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
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:
3.86
(14 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
This short loop trail is in a campground closed for overnight use. Hazard trees make the area dangerous for visitors and hikers are requested to refrain from visiting.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
12.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 24800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
This infrequently-maintained trail within Alpine Lakes Wilderness branches off the Chiwaukum Creek trail 10 miles in. It's possible to connect to the Icicle Ridge trail from here, provided you're willing to undertake some brushbashing.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4682 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
This is a beautiful small lake tucked immediately under Grizzly Peak and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Where Heather Lake is often shared with a number of hiking and camping groups, you are pretty much assured to have lunch by yourself at Glasses. Only a half a dozen trip reports have been filed in the last decade, this is a good predictor of solitude.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.62
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
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

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7650 ft.
Highest Point: 7100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(15 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Take a long weekend and enjoy some of the best backcountry in the state on this long loop hike. Along the way, you'll see massive wildflower meadows, glaciers, alpine lakes, high mountain passes and supreme views of Glacier Peak.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
Stunning alpine meadows and peak views, Dishpan Gaps charming trail leads you to a gateway of more trails.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6366 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
If the steep climb up to Lake Minotaur hasn’t taken all the go out of your legs, adding a mile and another 1,000 feet of climbing will get you to the top of Labyrinth Mountain. From the summit you look down on Minotaur and Theseus Lakes directly below.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1905 ft.
Highest Point: 5580 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(32 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Lakes
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

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1140 ft.
Highest Point: 4140 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
This short but steep little trail just east of the Stevens Pass ski area is an excellent little gem in winter or summer. Get a workout, visit a lake, and all in less than half a day, if you hike at a fast clip.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage

Trail closed: Wildfire

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

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3015 ft.
Highest Point: 5551 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes

Trail closed: Wildfire

When it comes to resplendent alpine meadows, the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness can't be beat. And when it comes to the finest flower romps within that wild area named for the longtime Washington senator and champion of conservation, Cady Ridge ranks supreme. A multitude of blossoms proliferate along this mile-high ridge. But it's the lupines that dominate, transforming Cady into a purple mountain majesty. And views! From the inspiring Poet Peaks, to the emerald-cloaked summits along the Cascade crest, to cloud-piercing, snow-catching, ice-harboring, horizon-dominating Glacier Peak!
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6015 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes

Trail closed: Wildfire

Three thousand feet in three miles make the Little Wenatchee a substantial albeit relatively short hike for exercise provided. The trail was the primary supply route to the old Poe Mountain lookout, and like many lookout access trails wastes no time in getting to the top. But it is well built, switchbacking up the hill. The first two-thirds of the hike are in light tree cover, so the views come as a surprise when you get to them.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6015 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes

Trail closed: Wildfire

One of about six former lookout sites in the Stevens Pass area, Poe Mountain boasts two different trails to the summit; the original steep supply route to the retired fire lookout via a trail rising from the Little Wenatchee Falls campground, and the more moderate trail via the Irving Pass Trail. Irving Pass is the recommended route, since you spend a significant amount of the hike on the ridge with awesome views both north and south.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1980 ft.
Highest Point: 4992 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Trail closed: Wildfire

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

 
19.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3770 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
Glacier Peak Wilderness, northwest of Lake Wenatchee. You can barely see Glacier Peak from the westside of the Cascades. Not so from the Buck Creek Trail - where it looms over you like a white monolith. Add to that fields of late summer flowers and a pleasant afternoon breeze and you may be close to rapture.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1433 ft.
Highest Point: 6022 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Fall foliage
Hike a scenic ridgeline on a trail connecting Lake Julius and Lake Ethel. Views of the central Cascades abound on this rugged route outside of Leavenworth.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
11.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.43
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
Beautiful mixed forests surround you as saunter up Indian Creek towards the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Surrounded by peaks on all sides, this crucial connector to the PCT in the ultra-rugged Glacier Peak Wilderness requires keen navigation skills (and a strong sense of adventure) as years of overgrown brush make this trail difficult to follow.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
16.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2525 ft.
Highest Point: 5550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
A stroll north on the Pacific Crest Trail to tranquil Lake Janus and neighboring Grizzly Peak offers panoramas of the Central Cascades’ finest peaks and undulating meadows blanketed with wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Traveled by sauntering day hikers, first-time backpackers and dedicated thru-hikers bound for Canada, this well-graded trail has a little something for everyone.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
0.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 314 ft.
Highest Point: 2429 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
The Big Tree Loop Trail — located in the closed Soda Springs Campground — has not had any maintenance for five years or more. Bridges are missing from creeks and devil's club blocks some sections of the trail. Yet the grove of four- foot-wide conifers stands tall, wildflowers bloom brightly in summer, and autumn leaves glow brilliantly in October.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 712 ft.
Highest Point: 3843 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
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

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 3116 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(19 votes)
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

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 7100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
Channel your inner mountain goat on this steep hike to aptly-named High Pass, and bask in glorious views of Glacier Peak and the surrounding mountainscape.
 
 

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 2320 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(16 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
Looking for the perfect first hike for young kids? Eaten too much bratwurst in Leavenworth and need a walk in the woods to settle your stomach? Want a moderate flat snowshoe with a beautiful winter destination? The short trail to Hidden Lake adjacent to Lake Wenatchee is the answer to all of these requests.