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96 Hikes
Minotaur Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1905 ft.
Highest Point: 5580.0 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.
 
 
Indian Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
11.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.43
(7 votes)
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.
 
 
Carne Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 7085.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(21 votes)
Carne Mountain is a challenging, yet rewarding hike to the brilliant gold colors of the western larches. Against a backdrop of blue autumn sky and indigo mountains, they are a dazzling sight.
 
 
White Pine Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 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.
 
 
Labyrinth Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6366.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
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.
 
 
Mount McCausland

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5747.0 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.
 
 
Lake Ethel

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5735.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
Lake Ethel is a beautiful lake in the Chiwaukum Mountains of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, just east of Stevens Pass. Lake Ethel is one of the ‘Scottish Lakes’, which includes nearby Lake Donald, Loch Eileen and Lake Julius. The entire Scottish Lakes area is great for solitude. From Lake Ethel there are numerous options to extend your trip for backpacking or long day hikes.
 
 
Glasses Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4682.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 
White River

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2507.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
The White River gets its name from the glacial flour pouring down from the heights of the Dakobed Range via Foam, Lightning, and Thunder Creeks. The milky blue-white color is a result of suspended rock particles that have been ground down from the peaks over millennia.
 
 
Round Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 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.
 
 
Alpine Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 6235.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(10 votes)
This is one of the most popular hikes along the US 2 corridor, and it's easy to understand why: a historic and active fire lookout, an enclave for mountain goats, miles of flower-blooming meadows, jaw-slacking views of Lake Wenatchee, Glacier Peak, and hundreds of other peaks. It's amazing there aren't more hikers sunning themselves on this Nason Ridge summit. And being on one of the area's first high peaks to shed its winter snows, Alpine Lookout makes for an excellent early summer adventure.
 
 
Lake Janus and Grizzly Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
16.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2525 ft.
Highest Point: 5550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(13 votes)
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.
 
 
Rock Mountain via Snowy Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(8 votes)
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.
 
 
Little Wenatchee River

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 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.
 
 
Poe Mountain via Irving Pass

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6015.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
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.
 
 
Spider Meadow and Phelps Basin

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(27 votes)
This long but easy valley romp follows boisterous Phelps Creek to a mile-long broad flower-bursting meadow and a giant cirque beneath a formidable wall of towering peaks. But don't expect solitude, for Spider Meadow crawls with backpackers-brigades of them! The valley is large enough to disperse in, though, and Phelps Basin offers a quiet retreat from the meadow's loungers and shutterbugs and their tent cities.
 
 
Lake Valhalla

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 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.
 
 
 
117.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 26351 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 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.
 
 
Spider Gap - Buck Creek Pass Loop

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
44.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7200 ft.
Highest Point: 7100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(14 votes)
Take five days (or seven!) 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.
 
 
Napeequa River

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 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.
 
 
Dirty Face Lookout and Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5989.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
Dirty Face Lookout is one of the earliest high Central Cascade trails to melt out. At four miles and with 4000 feet of elevation gain, the trail provides hikers with a very good workout. Along the way, you'll have lots to look at, as the elevation change can roll an entire season of wildflowers into a single hike. Rock roses and paintbrush bob near the trailhead, while avalanche lilys sway in the breeze near the summit. When you aren't looking at the wildflowers, the vistas are outstanding.
 
 
Basalt Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4900 ft.
Highest Point: 7400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
The Basalt Ridge Trail is 8.5 miles long, and is used primarily by hikers, mountain bikers, and stock users. It begins at the Basalt Ridge Trailhead on Chiwawa River Road 6200, and ends at the Garland Peak Trail.
 
 
Rock Mountain via Rock Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4050 ft.
Highest Point: 6852.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(10 votes)
There may be an easier way to reach the summit of Rock Mountain but if you are looking to earn your ascent in a shorter amount of time, the Rock Lake trail approach offers you alpine meadows and stunning views of peaks within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest via this lesser-traveled but steeper route right off Highway near Stevens Pass.
 
 
Poe Mountain via Little Wenatchee Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6015.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 
Lake Wenatchee State Park

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
4.0 miles of trails
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
A short detour off Highway 2 east of Stevens Pass will lead you a montane masterpiece tucked in the foothills of the Central Cascades. Gentle meandering hiking trails along the 489-acre state park offer scenic views of Nason Ridge, Dirty Face Mountain and the iconic Emerald Island.
 
 
Dishpan Gap

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Stunning alpine meadows and peak views, Dishpan Gaps charming trail leads you to a gateway of more trails.
 
 
Nason Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
21.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 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.
 
 
Icicle Divide: Stevens Pass to Fourth of July

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.
 
 
Sauer's Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 3116.0 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.
 
 
Cady Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
A trail that can help hikers create multiple loops in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the the Cady Creek trail is a steep ascent from the brushy and mucky Cady Creek valley bottom.