We had a nice sunny Fall day with fresh snow so it was the perfect day for this hike. Melakwa Lake felt like a winter snowshoe that we forgot to wear snowshoes for. Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion. Parking on highway 2 was super easy. Dec 30, 2014 09:34 PM, Yes, I would love to see this trail on a map. We parked on the shoulder of HWY 2 and walked the berm to the Smithbrook Rd. cwcoleman Lake Valhalla Snowshoe. Lake Elizabeth: 11 miles, 1,700 feet net elevation gain. Lake Valhalla is one of my favorite snow hikes. Time made us turn around about 1 mile up the 1590 trail. The forecast had a high of 24°F at the lake basin, and that felt generous. Snowshowed to Lake Valhalla on Saturday. Another option if it rains or the weather is sketchy is easier and shorter and starts from the Smithbrook Trail and then taking a left on the PCT this hike is a very moderate hike of 5.5 miles RT and just 1500 ft elevation gain to a high Alpine sandy-beached lake on the Pacific Crest Trail north of Stevens Pass. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. There, at 3.5 miles from the trailhead, catch the snow-obscured PCT, cross the head of the Smith Brook valley, and hike another 0.25 mile southwest to the Lake Valhalla basin at 4800 feet. " I'd be quite interested if you attempt this hike and get to the lake from highway 2 in 7.5 miles. It was hard not to notice how deep the snow still is. Then the climbing began.... not overly steep - but a tight snowshoe track. The only map I have is the Green Trails map. More than just books: Gear, Apparel & More Shop But that's not what the description says. Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; We arrived at RD6700 at 9:30am and … Lake Valhalla; Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; My girlfriend and I got a bit of a later start around 10:30 am at the US-2 intersection with the Smithbrook Creek Forest Service Road (which is closed due to about 10 ft of snow buildup. The first time we attempted the lake as a snowshoe, we missed the turn-off and wandered up Smithbrook road ultimately turning around without seeing the lake. When parking I made sure to give them enough room to get in/out. Snow was falling up the 1590 trail, but mostly all rain down on Smith Brook Road. Not new to snow travel. WTA description below. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/smithbrook-trail For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/lake-valhalla-trail The spur we took, and that is still blazed today - is just beyond the summer trailhead. Anthony Kasner Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. Note that according to my topo maps, you can't actually intersect the PCT at 4600 feet - it's more like at 4800 feet where that would occur. Very wet snow all around, with the wintry mix today. Check your maps! The camera was stored away at this point, as the trail became rockier and more of a scramble. Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. So instead of jumping right on the 1590 trail at the parking area (all snowed under) - walk up to where the road starts to switch back again. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Wet day today, but the road is good to travel on and if you can make it up to the PCT - Lake Valhalla is only another 1.8 miles away. Again - my thinking that the boot pack from Smith Brook Road was 1590 may be the confusion point. Our mileage was 5.7 miles in to Lake Valhalla from the start of the hike on Highway 2 (11.4 miles roundtrip). Contact Us. Snow Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended. Make the u-turn at the Steven's pass nordic center sign / Mill Creek and then look for the cars parked on the road. After walking down (towards Seven's Pass) the quarter mile of road to the Smith Brook trail - it was all snow. Seattle, WA 98104. $3.00/person per day. WTA Member 25 Hiked Dec 31, 2012 ... Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; The trail is currently very well packed down - no need to use snowshoes for the part of the trail following the road (though everyone else we passed was wearing them, I find it easier to walk without them when the snow is packed well enough that I don't fall through). Snowmobiles had packed down FS Road 6700 well enough that snowshoes were not needed to walk the 3 miles up the road to the Smithbrook Trailhead. The pull off on the side of Hwy. Up on the PCT, as we were breaking trail, the PCT was scarcely visible however we easily followed it using GPS and compass bearings. It’s not too long of a trail and their are really nice views along the way. .5 miles from the PCT. Melakwa Lake was our first really snowy hike of this season. 89 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Community: Joan Burton. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; 1st snowshoe trip of the season. We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. 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. Trail Conditions Minor obstacles posing few problems. We also enjoyed the very cool layering of snow on some boulders along the side of Smith Brook Road (see photo). Leave the road at the apex of that switchback, and traverse the open hillside above Smith Brook. on The 'trailhead' (FS 6700) is easy to find and parking along HWY 2 was relatively straightforward. From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). The new snow depth was approximately 8 - 10 inches on the PCT. Since you can not drive up Smith Brook Road, the 3 miles from highway 2 are required, adding a good distance to an already strenuous winter hike. Lake Valhalla; Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; We set out on Saturday from the pull out on Highway 2 for FR 6700. So, no particular reason. There is a very noticeable Avalanche Chute right before the summer parking area - be careful here. 2 near FS Road 6700 has been plowed so there's room to park now. 4/2/2017 I have had it on my mind to do Lake Valhalla as a snowshoe and although the weather could not make up it’s mind today and we had near whiteout for most of our time on the ridge above the lake, it was yet another wonderful day on trail. 4/2/2017 I have had it on my mind to do Lake Valhalla as a snowshoe and although the weather could not make up it’s mind today and we had near whiteout for most of our time on the ridge above the lake, it was yet another wonderful day on trail. This is an advanced but rewarding snowshoe hike where you will experience beautiful forest, meadows, as well as switch-backing up a ridge, all on one trail. Located just north of the Stevens Pass Resort and a stone's throw form the Pacific Crest Trail, the lake is accessible to snowshoers of most skill levels, and it sees a good amount of traffic throughout the year. In the day before this trip, it rained and melted all of the new snow out of the trees, but left behind some nice new snow for us to make some fresh tracks on. By the way - today was super fun. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Barclay Lake: 2 miles, 230 feet net elevation gain. Washington Trails Association https://www.alltrails.com/us/washington/leavenworth/snowshoeing A popular summertime destination for many hikers and backpackers, Lake Valhalla also makes a rewarding advanced snowshoe route. on Previous trip reports appear to indicate a longer trip (13 + miles) because they involve hiking the Smith Brook Trail #1590 up to the PCT which means initially heading northbound instead of southbound. Bugs No bugs. A little further into the switchback after the summer trailhead parking area. Our mileage was 5.7 miles in to Lake Valhalla from the start of the hike on Highway 2 (11.4 miles roundtrip). View from the trail to Lake Valhalla by Anthony Kasner. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. The 4.7-mile hike gains 800 feet in elevation and brings hikers past a series of ponds and marshy meadows, eventually leading to Cub Lake. After reaching the ridge, you can enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Valhalla when the trail crosses the Pacific Crest Trail leading in to the Nason Creek Valley. Thanks. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. The view of the lake was phenomenal. See more ideas about Go hiking, Snow shoes, Trail. Snowshoe through the Snowy Pacific NW Wilderness from Hwy 2 out to Lake Valhalla, January 2016 [click 'play' to start] Spade Lake Summer Backpack to Spade Lake, … Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended, GPS Track to Lake Valhalla (5.7 miles one-way), Some artful snow layers on boulders along Smith Brook Road. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. We did encounter a steep gully/drainage along the PCT about 1/4 mile before reaching the lake. Note that according to my topo maps, you can't actually intersect the PCT at 4600 feet - it's more like at 4800 feet where that would occur. I swear the directions are to park on highway 2, hike 3 miles up Smith Brook Road. We took ski's instead of snowshoes and the return trip was a breeze. The snow on the forest service road was compacted, so there was no need for snowshoes. Lake Valhalla will probably be accessible as a hike for a bit longer. Yeah - I've done my fair share of 'wilderness navigation'. Hike by WTA Correspondents : Rob Shurtleff Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. So there would not be an established trail for that portion between the Smith Brook road and the PCT. That's why all of us snowshoers are supposed to read and practice "Wilderness Navigation" :-) [ http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/Wilderness-Navigation-P360.aspx ] The relevant part of the trip description for connecting to the PCT: " Just over 2.5 miles up, at 4000 feet, the road again loops through a switchback turn. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. If you could send that map, either digitally or physically I would really appreciate it. on Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. As others have indicated, the Dan Nelson book lists this at 7.5 miles but it is really ~13 miles as indicated on the WTA site. Lake Valhalla had snow but the trail was mostly slush. There, at 3.5 miles from the trailhead, catch the snow-obscured PCT, cross the head of the Smith Brook valley, and hike another 0.25 mile southwest to the Lake Valhalla basin at 4800 feet. Great road in, well maintained trail and great scenery the second half of the hike. Photo credit: Andrew Monko 9. There's typically a well beaten path in the snow to the lake, making whiteout conditions or traveling at night easier for beginners and with only 2.5 miles roundtrip and 1,050' of elevation gain, you can experience a splendid snow adventure with minimal efforts. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. I was here again today, and just re-read the attached trail description. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; Mount McCausland; Had no trouble parking at 9:30, just one other car in the Smith Brook turnout. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe ... but instead of going to the resort like the rest of the masses we headed on the PCT toward Lake Valhalla. Share . on Chris, as far as I can tell (I haven't done this snowshoe trip just yet) the description calls for traversing cross-country from the hairpin. There was a path already made in the snow like someone had been there a few days before, but it was still soft and not real crusty. Your path steadily gains in elevation, while views are mostly forested. Jan 03, 2015 09:57 PM. The forest road snow was packed down and we hiked the 3 miles to the trailhead in boots. Check WTA for trip reports or call the ranger’s station . Eventually, we rounded the corner to reveal Lake Ingalls. Pretty sure this is 1590, which is either the long way or it's not 1590 and it's the right way and I was wrong about which trail we were on. Trip Report By. While Nelson indicates "in the next mile" to reach the PCT, I estimate it would be more like 0.7 miles to intersect at 4800 feet, depending on whatever obstacles need to be skirted during the traverse. There is a few feet of snow on the FR 6700 making it impossible to drive to the Smithbrook TH so we parked the car and starting skinning up the road. Put our snowshoes … Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn. Print. I know the path started just past the 1590 trailhead, but maybe I was wrong here and it was a separate path up to the PCT. Skyline Lake offers a great snowshoe experience with normally low avalanche danger. Rate this Adventure 11.6 miles 1500 ft gain ... this hike will be just within reach of completion while it is daylight. Cub Lake is a perfect choice if you want a slightly longer hike. In general going straight ahead on a rising traverse above the creek you'll find Lake Valhalla (1.8 miles) beyond the saddle at the head of the valley. The first time we attempted the lake as a snowshoe, we missed the turn-off and wandered up Smithbrook road ultimately turning around without seeing the lake. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Climb slightly while snowshoeing across the valley wall to get near the 4600-foot level in the next mile. Super accessible, easy hike just past the summit of Stevens Pass. I'll email you. The route described in Snowshoe Routes Washington doesn't go on trail #1590. Blog; Magazine; Sign Up; Press Room; Site Search. Hike round trip from both trailheads or one-way either direction. It was cold, icy and beautiful. Only sort of needed snowshoes here because of the snowmobile traffic. My Backpack. Snowshoe Package Choices: * Prices good December through April excluding holidays. We didn't make it to the PCT junction. According to the paragraph quote above - the PCT junction is at 3.5 miles (well before the lake) and that alone is 7 miles. To the left, down and across the stream starts the climb to Lichtenwasser and up to the right lies Union Gap. Seattle, WA 98104. WTA’s Commitment to Stand Against Racism; Go Outside . Join & Give; Volunteer; Take Action; Events; Donate; News . For the backcountry portion, we left the Smith Brook road at the sharp hairpin, briefly using a snowshoe trail that went up towards #1590 to gain around 200 feet. Mt. The water was a deep blue, and the warm rocky cirque provided the most brilliant contrast. The crossover to … We hiked up the road about a quarter mile before catching the trail. Paulc Hiked Jan 24, 2019. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Six of us headed up to Stevens Pass with the intention of driving to Smithbrook Trailhead to snowshoe to Lake Valhalla. Stuart hovers at the end of the lake but was obscured by clouds. The good part is that they really help groom the trail/road. As others have mentioned, the first three miles are pretty simple. Type of Hike Day hike. That is 6.5 miles - 1 way. After your snowshoeing adventure, come back to your cabin, light a fire and enjoy the evening at Valhalla. It is barely noticeable. It is not clear here how I would connect to the PCT from Smith Brook Road, other than 1590. Let me know if there is anything I can trade for the help. I've been saving up this snowshoe trip to go with a friend sometime in the next couple of months, assuming we still have enough snow after the next rain storm! ... Snowshoe and Camp at Skyline Lake. One thing to note - the 7.5 miles listed for this hike is misleading... From highway 2 up Smith Brook Road to the 1590 trailhead is 3 - 3.5 miles (depending if you take the shortcut around the major switchback). Today we snowshoed to Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland. Are you saying the editor (who may or may not have taken my advice) is wrong? At lower elevations the snow was crusted, but soft. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. Overall a fun snowshoe. I have included a photo of our track - GPS track available on request :-) Very good conditions and happy faces all over the trail. Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended, Meadow along trail 1590, about half way between PCT and the road, Smith Brook Road - grooming courtesy of many snowmobiles, Cross-country connection to PCT on Lake Valhalla snowshoe trip. Go. Central Cascades. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity. This is the end of the road, but not the trail. The 1.6-mile hike runs through a forest of aspen and pine before reaching the 30-foot waterfall that cascades down to Glacier Creek. 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