Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Trip Reports Lichtenwasser Lake Snowshoe

Trip Report

Lichtenwasser Lake Snowshoe

Central Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member



Hiked Dec 26, 2020

Type of Hike

Snowshoe/XC Ski

Trail Conditions

Trail difficult/impossible to navigate:
    Difficult stream crossing(s).


Snow and ice on road


No bugs


Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended

Have long wanted to go to Lichtenwasser.  Avalanche conditions were reasonable, very important to check before doing this hike.  We hiked in the Smithbrook road from RT 2 about 2 miles to the first big switch back.  We headed west, had to find safe stream crossings, be patient, there are alternatives, don't literally jump at the first point you find, make sure you are going from flat spot to flat spot, the creek can be pretty far down in the snow and you don't want to have to climb out of there.

The climb up to Lichtenwasser is steep,  very steep, 1000' in roughly 3/4 of a mile.  Getting the snowshoes to bite was a challenge.

So was it worth it?,  well maybe.  It was a beautiful snowy lake, but there are many snowy lakes that are a lot easier to get to.  That said i will likely give this hike a try in the fall to be able to really see the lake and the beautiful basin surrounding it.