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Lake Valhalla Snowshoe

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East
47.7847, -121.0343 Map & Directions
Length
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1700 feet
Highest Point
4800 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Snowy Smith Brook Road. Photo by Opus.
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

A popular summertime destination for many hikers and backpackers, Lake Valhalla also makes a rewarding advanced snowshoe route. Continue reading

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Hiking Lake Valhalla Snowshoe

A popular summertime destination for many hikers and backpackers, Lake Valhalla also makes a rewarding advanced snowshoe route.

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.

Traverse the hillside toward the head of Smith Brook Valley, crossing the Pacific Crest Trail, and into the Nason Creek valley, where you'll look down at beautiful Lake Valhalla below.

Continue around the lake basin at 4800 feet, and drop to the shore. Breezes sweep across the ruffled lake water from Stevens Pass, while Jove Peak, Lichtenberg Mountain, Valhalla Mountain, Nason Ridge, and Skyline Ridge soar above you.

Hike Description Written by
Joan Burton, WTA Community

Lake Valhalla Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7847, -121.0343 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Monroe, drive east on US Highway 2 to the summit of Stevens Pass and continue another 6 miles east to the Mill Creek exit. Make a U-turn at Mill Creek to turn onto westbound US 2. Continue for 1.4 miles; park in a narrow pullout before Smith Brook Road (Forest Road 6700).

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

Lake Valhalla (#2000)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Snowshoe Routes: Washington (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails: Benchmark Mountain No. 144

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