As the Lake Valhalla description already mentions, the trail head is literally right across from Stevens Pass. At 10 am, parking was no problem and you do not need a parking pass. Trail conditions are great, although there was quite a bit of manure from stock animals. Lots of hikers on both Saturday and Sunday including a few solo PCT through-hikers. There were new parents, adorable dogs, and children all around. We set up camp at a designated site overlooking the lake and went in for a swim. Lake Valhalla has some nice sandy shores. We also took a day hike to Lake Janus about 4 miles away. Lake Janus is beautiful and serene with meadows around the lake, lily pads, and only one occupied campsite. Some water on the trail there, but not a big deal. All in all, a good moderate hike for anyone.
Trails for everyone, forever