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Results List

119 Hikes
Blanca Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(142 votes)
Visit one of the most striking lakes in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for hikers who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake.
 
 
Heybrook Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(74 votes)
Heybrook Lookout is a short and moderately steep hike through a fern and moss covered forest to a fun, staircase-ridden lookout with great views of the nearby mountains. If you are introducing someone to hiking, limited on time, or trying to add on another hike or activity in the area, this is the hike for you.
 
 
Mount Persis

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2658 ft.
Highest Point: 5464.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
A hefty workout, spectacular views, and very little company await you on this summit.
 
 
Tonga Ridge / Mount Sawyer

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5495.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.59
(32 votes)
An up and down meandering trail that leads through open forest, wildflower meadows and a side trip to some fantastic views. The road up does most of the work, so the climb is not too long, and can be easily done by most hikers.
 
 
Wallace Falls State Park

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(277 votes)
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.
 
 
Scorpion Mountain via Johnson Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(19 votes)
Scorpion Mountain offers a 360-degree view of the Central Cascades, and the huckleberries and blueberries make this a much underrated fall hike.
 
 
Thunder Mountain Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
14.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(12 votes)
Thunder Mountain Lakes are found in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The area is increasing in popularity, and the lakes are set in a highly sensitive area, so it is important to practice Leave No Trace principles should you decide to visit.
 
 
Mount Baring

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 6129.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.56
(9 votes)
A fairly well used climber's trail goes straight up, and up, and then up Mount Baring. The trail requires moderate navigational skills and possibly climbing equipment in bad weather.
 
 
Deception Falls National Recreation Area

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(17 votes)
The short half-mile interpretive trail along Deception Falls is a great stop for a quick stretch of the legs as you drive over Stevens Pass. The highlight is the tumbling, multi-tiered waterfall and its distinctive 90 degree turn the creek makes at a stop along the way.
 
 
Iron Goat Trail

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(40 votes)
Take a hike through railroad history. The old tunnels, rusting relics, cement snow sheds and the big red caboose should appeal to kids of all ages, and the complex history of the railroad and those who built it, as well as the avalanche that wiped everything away will appeal to history buffs.
 
 
Barclay Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(81 votes)
Barclay Lake offers something for almost everyone: a well-maintained trail that is accessible to beginners and children, stunning mountain views, mycology, camping, a serene alpine lake, and a staging area for challenging adventures in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Keep your camera charged, as this popular pathway in the shadow of Baring Mountain offers many photo opportunities.
 
 
Lake Serene

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2521.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(354 votes)
Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls compete for attention on this 7.2 mile trip. Either would be a worthy destination by themselves and combined they are a great day on the trail.
 
 
Bridal Veil Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.99
(68 votes)
A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of a trail on the west side of Bridal Veil Creek. Take time to see and enjoy a stunning view of Bridal Veil Falls and climb flights of steps paralleling the falls.
 
 
Bald Eagle Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
13.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.50
(4 votes)
Trail Closed 8.16.21: This trail is closed until further notice due to a wildfire.
Enjoy a peaceful river walk followed by nicely graded switchbacks on the way to Bald Eagle Mountain. Views of Monte Cristo and surrounds will be the reward for your efforts.
 
 
Cherry Creek Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(42 votes)
Hike along old logging roads to a 25-foot tall waterfall on Cherry Creek just outside of Duvall. Note that access to this area is part of an agreement with nearby homeowners, and part of the trail is on private land, so please remain on the main path, observe leash laws and keep noise to a minimum as a courtesy to homeowners along trail. There are no toilets at the trailhead. Please plan ahead.
 
 
North Fork Skykomish River

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
This hike is a tree hugger's paradise. Huge old growth Douglas firs and hemlocks soar into the sky from a lush green forest floor dotted with woodland flowers. The trail gently ascends only 700 feet in the first four miles, and the slope you hike up is laced by many clear flowing streams bridged by old puncheons.
 
 
Hope and Mig Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
This hike has deep forest, pretty mountain lakes, fall color, and plenty of good trail to walk on without watching your feet all the time.
 
 
Mohawk Falls and Mohawk Mine

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(6 votes)
A short, non-crowded hike to a great waterfall and historic mines.
 
 
Troublesome Creek Nature

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 104 ft.
Highest Point: 1420.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
A short but scenic nature trail that begins and ends at the Troublesome Creek Campground. Hikers and campers will enjoy the walk along and over the turquoise creek, which indeed could be troublesome without the bridges spanning the shores.
 
 
Alpine Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 14 ft.
Highest Point: 1450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
If you’re in need of a quick leg stretch while traveling over the pass, the trail to Alpine Falls may be just the place. The trail is very short and features a powerful waterfall where the Tye River flows over giant granite boulders.
 
 
Lost Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 512 ft.
Highest Point: 962.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
 
Explore a managed forest and watershed area to end at a small lake stocked for fisherman. Enjoy peek-a-boo views of Mount Pilchuck and the Olympics on the way back down to the start of the trail.
 
 
Surprise and Glacier Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(40 votes)
From towering old-growth giants to placid lakes with craggy mountain views, this hike has everything you want in a trail. Put this one on your list of places to explore along Highway 2.
 
 
Sultan River Canyon Trail

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
If you don’t mind descending first, then ascending later, the Sultan River Canyon trail is a nice alternative for the shoulder season when snow is still too deep in the mountains. Drop to the sparkling Sultan River, then climb back up on nicely graded switchbacks in the shade.
 
 
Crater Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
The short route to Crater Lake was originally constructed by miners and fishermen, and is NOT a well-maintained trail. However, the tread is well defined and generally easy to follow.
 
 
Beckler Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5026.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.51
(69 votes)
Hike a re-built trail adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. The Beckler Peak trail opened in September of 2011, and with it, the Jennifer Dunn trailhead. The trail takes you through an old-growth forest to summit views of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and Evergreen Mountain. It's easy to get to and provides great rewards for your effort. The trail has a gentle grade, it is well built, and suitable for kids. Be sure to take water with you, because there is no reliable water along the trail.
 
 
West Fork Foss River and Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
14.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(44 votes)
Visit any of several beautiful alpine lakes, in rocky basins. The day can be as easy as a 3.6 roundtrip hike to Trout Lake, or as strenuous as the nearly 15-mile hike to Big Heart Lake as you like. Good options exist both for day-hikers and for backpackers.
 
 
Heybrook Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(57 votes)
The Leovy Trail, a testament to community land conservation, is a moderate ascent through second-growth Cascade rainforest to the summit of Heybrook Ridge. At the top, take in stunning views of Mount Index, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Skykomish Valley.
 
 
Evergreen Mountain Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1425 ft.
Highest Point: 5587.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(21 votes)
A short but stiff climb through an old burn, old growth forest, and alpine meadows to a restored fire lookout standing sentinel over the western flanks of the Wild Sky Wilderness.
 
 
Wellington Ghost Town

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
Follow a gentle path along the eastern portion of the Iron Goat Trail near Stevens Pass, once the original path of the Great Northern Railway. Visit the townsite of Wellington (later named Tye) known for the first Cascade Tunnel and as the site of one of the worst natural disasters in US history.
 
 
Lake Dorothy - Lake Bear - Lake Deer

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(39 votes)
Road Washout: The Miller River Road is washed out 4 miles from the trailhead, meaning visitors will need to add an 8-mile road walk to the mileage listed above
Day-hikers and backpackers alike visit Lake Dorothy, a very large and beautiful lake less than two miles from the trailhead. Once there, they either rest and play for the day, or continue on to Bear and Deer Lakes, a pair of very pretty smaller lakes deeper in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The very ambitious press on to remote Snoqualmie Lake. Lake Dorothy can be crowded on summer weekends, but the other lakes see fewer visitors.