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Labyrinth Mountain

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
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Length

4.2 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6366 ft.

Rating

3.17 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

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. To the east is Lake Wenatchee, north is Poe Mountain and Poet’s ridge backdropped by Glacier Peak. On a clear day you can look south and west over Stevens Pass Ski Resort and see Mount Rainier.

After climbing to Minotaur Lake cross the exit stream, climb the short hill to the east of the lake and take in the breathtaking view of Lake Theseus directly below. You will be standing on the top of a sheer cliff so keep young hikers back from the edge. There are a number of campsites along the ridge.

Follow boot tracks directly north, once you are even with the north end of Minotaur Lake, and look for a clear boot trail that leads up. The trail is adjacent to a small seasonal stream. This path is narrow and can be slippery. The trail crests into a large talus field directly below the summit.

At this point the trail spits with a branch to the left and a branch to the right. The left branch circles around the talus field and goes pretty much straight up the summit. If you go right there is a path directly below the summit. This approach has a number of switchbacks which makes the climb a little less intense. By going far right you circle in below the peak. All the approaches gather just to the left of the summit and share access scrambling up the last few rocks to the summit.

Early in the season there are often snow fields in the upper basin, don’t attempt the summit if it is icy or if you don’t have proper gear, the last 250 vertical feet are quite steep and a fall could result in serious injury.

 

Labyrinth Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.8279, -121.0297 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

Lake Minotaur Trail (#1517)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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Getting There

From Highway 2, 3.5 miles east of Stevens Pass, turn north onto Road 6700. Just after the highway divides, there is a left turn for FS 6700. Be cautious crossing the westbound lanes of Hwy 2. Once on FS 6700, follow the road 6.8 miles. Note that 5 miles into 6700 the road makes a hairpin left turn. After 6.8 miles on 6700, turn left onto Road 6704. Proceed 20 yards up the road, keeping an eye out for a sign for Minotaur trailhead that has seen better days. Continue 0.9 miles to end of 6704 and park here.

This trailhead is also accessible from Lake Wenatchee. Follow the Lake Wenatchee Highway West. Note your miles as you pass the junction with White River Road, which is roughly 9 miles from Hwy 2, and continue six additional miles. Make a left onto FS 6700. The road turns to gravel and you will cross the bridge and continue up 6700 for 6.2 miles, looking for 6704 on your right. Continue 0.9 miles to end of 6704 and park here.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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