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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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Results List

119 Hikes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.63
(19 votes)
The Greg Ball Trail is a trail envisioned by and honoring one of the greatest trail advocates this state has ever had. Ball was a former board member and director of the WTA. In 1993 he launched the organization’s volunteer trail maintenance program which has since grown into the largest state-based program of its kind. He designed this trail to Wallace Lake and it was finished in his memory by volunteers from WTA and through support from the Spring Trail Trust.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2035 ft.
Highest Point: 2930 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(41 votes)
For those searching for alpine vistas with fewer visitors than on the most popular trails of the I-90 corridor, Greider Lakes is just right. This trailhead is located in the Sultan Basin Watershed.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
14.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.28
(46 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(285 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1425 ft.
Highest Point: 5587 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.60
(20 votes)
Scorpion Mountain offers a 360-degree view of the Central Cascades, and the huckleberries and blueberries make this a much underrated fall hike.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2521 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(359 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(59 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(46 votes)
Respect the neighborhood this hike is in. Observe leash laws and pack out waste, keep noise levels to a minimum and be kind to residents.
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. Plan ahead.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.02
(42 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2658 ft.
Highest Point: 5464 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
A hefty workout, spectacular views, and very little company await you on this summit. Please note access to this trail is via private property. A recreational permit from Hampton Resources, a forest products company, is required.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.28
(18 votes)
Dramatic mounds of snow, a frozen lake and sweeping views into the Alpine Lakes and Glacier Peak Wildernesses await snowshoers at Skyline Lake. Easily accessed from the Stevens Pass ski area, this steep and rewarding ridge walk is a classic on a sunny day.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.66 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 5326 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A summit scramble in the Central Cascades. Gear and expertise required.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
 
At one point this may have been a viable recreation option but the land managers have confirmed there is no public access to this trail or this lake at this time. This route leads through private property and the lake itself is off-limits to the public.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Gain: 4295 ft.
Highest Point: 6218 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 3472 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
Start off with a bit of railroad history, then follow a trail into the Wild Sky Wilderness. Parallel Martin Creek on a bench above the waterway, winding upward through the forest to meet Kelley Creek and the old Kelley Creek trail. WTA helped construct the connector, designed to increase the connectivity of the trail system of the Iron Goat.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Highest Point: 5576 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A scramble that requires climbing gear and route-finding experience.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Hike through shady forest, accompanied by the sound of Quartz Creek, little waterfalls, wildflowers and interesting things to see (and eat) on this trail.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Phelps Creek Trail offers relatively easy access to the remote Glacier Peak Wilderness, particularly Spider Meadows and the larch-ridden Carne Mountain.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Pass Creek is an easy access point to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and provides opportunities for longer loop hikes open to stock when conditions permit.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
There is no public access to Olney Falls. Please refrain from visiting this area.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.23
(26 votes)
The Necklace Valley makes a wonderful 2-3 night backpack trip for hearty hikers, and rewards with cool alpine lakes to swim and fish in, or just camp beside. Or take a day trip along the East Fork Foss River admire the amazing second-growth tree canopy.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 6129 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(10 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(6 votes)
A short, non-crowded hike to a great waterfall and historic mines.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
In winter, and, as with all showshoeing, the right gear, it is possible to snowshoe the Miller River Road to the Dorothy Lake Trailhead.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
16.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3375 ft.
Highest Point: 5225 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
A rambling trail that provides easy access from the Beckler River Road near Skykomish to the Pacific Crest Trail and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness through the Meadow Creek Valley to sweet little Pear Lake for an overnight.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 69 ft.
Highest Point: 2890 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
This is a short, mostly level trail around a small tranquil lake that has the potential to be a great family hike. However, in its current condition it is best for adventurous adults and older kids.