Little Wenatchee #1525 : Conditions unknown : Heather Lake #1526 : Conditions unknown : Little Wenatchee Ridge #1543: Logged out to Poe Mtn. The trail ends at Holt road, where enhanced sidewalks can take you […] Crowded at the lake but that's Saturday for you. Mt. The first path starts in the Stevens Pass parking lot and is the longer of the two, the other departs from the Smithbrook Trailhead on Forrest Service Road 67 a few LEAVENWORTH, Wash. — Tucked under a rocky peak is a gem of a mountain lake that lives up to it’s lofty, mythical namesake: Lake Valhalla. The open meadows and surrounding mountains near Lake Valhalla's basin make for Note: mileage is 12 miles to view the lake from the top. Beautiful day! At the parking lot again no mention of Valhalla Lake. Highly recommended for beginners. Elevation Gain: 1164m. Perfect day hike or an overnight at the lake. At this intersection, take a left (south) and continue southwest for approximately two miles to Lake Valhalla. The trail ends at Beatrice. Great day-hike, well maintained trail, very manageable elevation gain, so many breathtaking views, and the lake is stunning! There are lots of creeks and stream crossings, and was increasingly wet and muddy on the way back but very passable. The hike to the lake is fairly easy and includes a stretch of hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail. Look for a sign saying Smithbrook Road. The park is located on the west shore of Slocan Lake, north of both Slocan and Castlegar, and encompasses most of the Valhalla Range of the Selkirk Mountains. For those searching for fall colors, this trail was just at the tail end. It dusted/snowed yesterday and more snow is due Friday so this trail will be even more of a mess this weekend. Head across the rocks, where a sign lets you know that you’re officially entering Valhalla Provincial Park. Probably not doable without snowshoes. Bring snowshoes! Definitely need dry boots. It was icy and muddy, so be prepared. Lake Valhalla Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. This trail is super easy- not moderate. Lake Valhalla A moderate hike or backpack from Stevens Pass or Smith Brook Road on the Pacific Crest Trail that skirts Lichtenburg Mountain to visit Lake Valhalla and/or Mount McCausland. You'll reach the Smithbrook Trailhead in about 2.8 miles. This was one Of the most beautiful trails I’ve done. This route is beautiful but probably not doable without snowshoes. Ditto all below. Valhalla Provincial Park is home to one of the best hikes in BC. Turn left and follow the Crest Trail for 2 miles to the lake. Look for rock climbers as you walk this section. Overall more stars when I pick a sunny day to hike it! The first mile of the hike is on Smithbrook Trail No. The trail to Lake Valhalla trail requires a North West Forrest Pass. At just over 6 miles in length, this out-and-back hike has a moderate climb up to the peaceful setting of Valhalla Lake. Lake was very foggy and mysterious, a different vibe than a sunny day but not a bad one. There’s probably a couple of miles of flat, paralleling the highway. From the lake, up to Mt. Lake Valhalla is in Parcels B and C. Access Lake Valhalla by Stevens Pass using a section of the PCT. You could hike to Lake Valhalla on the PCT from Stevens Pass. Muddy and slippery both on the way up and way down. Central Cascades. Trailhead: Hodor Creek Road Distance, round trip: 12km Elevation: +894m ... Up to Drinnon Lake. At the trailhead there is a warming room with a wood stove and vault toilets. State: Washington. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity. Rain coat, WATERPROOF boots, layers, and I even brought rain pants. Awesome awesome. No one was out today, almost had the trail to ourselves. The first path starts in the Stevens Pass parking lot and is the longer of the two, the other departs from the Smithbrook Trailhead on Forrest Service Road 67 a few. 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. Totally worth it! At the first U turn area, flip around so you are now headed back up toward Stevens Pass. Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. I switched from spikes when I got to the PCT. Broke trail to Lake Valhalla and got in a good workout. It was such a pillowy blanket just amazing. The 6 km trail into Gwillim Lakes is take-your-breath away beautiful, especially in the evening light. Awesome hike. If your shoes aren’t waterproof, then pack extra socks and shoes for the drive back! All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity. In large part due to the 8-12 inches of fresh snow. Very easy grade and well maintained. Muddy in places but lovely. Slocan Lake, Valhalla Provincial Park, as seen from Highway 6 2 near FS Road 6700 has been plowed so there's room to park now. This is a nice trail that takes you quickly to tree line. Good trail conditions, some wet/muddy spots but easily avoided. Note that this is the trailhead that Google Maps guides you to! Head north from the trailhead on the Pacific Crest Trail and you will reach Lake Valhalla in 5.4 miles. Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East. Parking is plenty before ski-season. Lake Valhalla from the saddle above the lake Snowshowed to Lake Valhalla on Saturday. Lake Valhalla, Trail Map, Stevens Pass Trailhead N-S, Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades, Washington Lake Valhalla - 11.5 Miles Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades Valhalla climbed as a traverse from Grand Traverse Peak (UN13,041) is a Class 2+ ridge walk with just minor scrambling through some troughs and over some rocky points. Picked a very wet and rainy day, which wasn’t so bad because there were almost no people on the trail on a Sunday. Mile 2464.8 to Mile 2470.3 Located on the Pacific Crest Trail, 5.5 miles north of Stevens Pass is Lake Valhalla. Trail is about half snow-covered starting 1/4 mile from trailhead. McCausland. Hikers and trail runners wanting a longer outing can return by continuing along the Pacific Crest Trail and exiting the trail at Stevens Road or at Stevens Pass. Glad it was a short and not too steep hike, mostly shaded. We clocked 12.2 miles so keep that in mind. Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. About two miles in you’ll encounter snow, but very slushy snow, I brought micro spikes but didn’t need them. The trailhead for Cahill/Beatrice Lakes Trail is here and crosses the creek on a bridge above a large waterfall close to the lake. Hiking. At a Glance They continued ahead of us, but were not hiking fast and, as it turned out, they missed a turn on the trail. My destination was just up the trail, to Lake Valhalla. Difficulty: Easy-moderate to Lake Valhalla, Moderate to Mount McCausland Access: Gravel road in okay shape to the trailhead, Northwest Forest Pass required Lake Valhalla is a deep blue gem with a small beach in the heart of Washington State's Central Cascades, just a stone's throw away from the popular winter ski area at Stevens Pass. Absolutely beautiful Day or Overnight hike into the heart of the Valhalla's. This path follows an old railway grade, that of the Great Northern Railway. At just over 6 miles in length, this out-and-back run has a moderate climb up to the peaceful setting of Valhalla Lake. After a night at the trailhead, we began the trail hike up to the base of Gimli. We made it to the lake but didn’t go all the way down to it, as the powder was deep and no tracks from people prior to us were visible. Great hike just cold and windy at the lake. Lake Valhalla Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. There is no parking pass required at the trailhead. 10/10 would do again. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Length: 11.6 miles Duration: ~ 6 hours; we left the trailhead at 8:45 am and returned at 3:00 pm. There are two ways to get to Lake Valhalla: (1) The Smithbrook Trailhead … Just take the Sherbrooke creek trail up, connects with the PCT. Share. 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. A vehicle was also left at New Denver, our exit. From here you will get good views of Lichtenberg Mountain in addition to Nason Ridge. Art Rosnovsky. We drove to the Gimli Trailhead. Lake was beautiful and we got awesome views at the top of Mt. Did this as a snowshoe on November 29th. We rested at the lake and had a bite, and, just as we packed to continue, the two young women arrived whom we had left at the trailhead. Lake Valhalla, Stevens Pass Trailhead N-S, Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades, Washington. Peak baggers and view baggers may want to take note that they can scramble up Mount McCausland (5,747 feet) by leaving the main trail leading to Lake Valhalla at the pass above the lake. Once you start, immediately you’re walking through streams, puddles, everything and anything wet. This 24 acre lake fills a large bowl capped by Lichtenberg Mountain (5,844') and Mount McCausland (5,747'). Micro spikes were very helpful I wouldn’t do it in its current state without. This 39km long lake provides a natural border to Valhalla Provincial Park. No regrets, I stayed toasty dry. Perfect for a snowy day! More posts by Art Rosnovsky. Be forewarned. Some sections are really narrow so social distancing will be hard. It can also be ascended directly from Deluge Lake. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Approaching Lake Valhalla from the Smithbrook trail, the grade is modest, and while there is plenty to look at, the round-trip distance is moderate. Stunning Mountain Landscapes. Trailhead The Beatrice Lake Trail starts … Beatrice Lake Trail Read More » There is limited firewood provided so you may want to bring your own. The first few miles were packed down so spikes would’ve been sufficient, but after that snowshoes were definitely necessary. Beauty all around. In good conditions, this trail is only about 60-75 minutes each way, to the base of the mountain. Trip Day Hike - Lake Valhalla. The park offers a swimming area with a sandy beach, as well as a modern playground, picnic area with grills, restrooms and softball diamonds. It’s easy to get a bit turned around as multiple snowshoe “boot packs” exist in places, so I highly recommend downloading the map beforehand so you don’t end up lost. From here, it is backdown and into the bowl where the lake … The route back to the trailhead flew by and before we knew it we were back at the car. Enjoy! You’ll find meadows to explore, mountain ridges to climb and lakes for skinny dipping. Lake Valhalla is a deep blue gem with a small beach in the heart of Washington State's Central Cascades, just a stone's throw away from the popular winter ski area at Stevens Pass. Note that the sign off Rt 2 says “Sherbrooke Creek”. At this intersection, take a left (south) and continue southwest for approximately two miles to Lake Valhalla. 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 trailhead is slightly hidden but it is located to the left of the substation. Bring traction gear and poles. Road to trail has snow but easy to drive with 4WD and hight car. To get to the trailhead, drive State Route 20 to the town of Marblemount, mile 106. Lake Valhalla (#2000) Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee Ranger District. McCausland, and back to the trailhead was 4.43 miles. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Trail Description Trail Photos Print this Trail Trip Reports. Summer of Hiking: Explore incredible views at Lake Valhalla trail. As the snow melts it will be very muddy. Hard hike up from lake Valhalla. From here you will get good views of … ... see Mt. Narrow and icy . Didn't get to the TH till noon and there will still a ton of people on the trail. The hike up to Drinnon Lake is a steady huff up through the forest and across two rock slides. Hidden Lake Lookout trailhead is 30 minutes east of the small town of Marblemount and is about 2.5 hours from Seattle, WA. There are a few avy prone areas, so definitely take that into consideration as snowfall continues! Reaching Mt. Lake Valhalla - 11.5 Miles Round-Trip Lake Valhalla (4,838') is located 5.75 miles north of Stevens Pass along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. This path follows an old railway grade, that of the Great Northern Railway. VALHALLA PROVINCIAL PARK Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy ... elevation change, 1,370 m. Trail starts on west shore of Slocan Lake at Wee Sandy Creek. See weather forecast McCausland is very steep once it splits from main trail with Valhalla. Lake Valhalla and Lichtenberg Mountain are views I never tire of, and I could do this hike again and again. Easy to follow the sign from the parking lot to trailhead. Sub Area: Valid Parking Permit: Trailhead Amenities: Description: This trailhead provides access to the Smithbrook Trail #1590 which is a short spur that connects to the Pacific Crest Trail … It can also be ascended directly from Deluge Lake. Snow covered parts of it. A little buggier than I expected based on other trip reports. Valhalla Provincial Park, British Columbia – majestic, mysterious and magical all at once, the name of this park alone inspires wonder. Note: As of November 14, 2020 users have reported that the 2.7 mile road that turns off Route 2 to the trailhead is CLOSED and completely snowy. Follow the trail and signs will take you to the beach. Mt. Lake Valhalla Hike. If there was no snow this would be an easy trail, but with snow made it more moderate. The trail follows Stevens Creek and US 2 for its first 1 and a half miles. Elevation: Cumulative gain of 1,500 feet; we started 4,040 feet, peaked 5,050 feet. We started at the SmithBrook trailhead. Valhalla climbed as a traverse from Grand Traverse Peak (UN13,041) is a Class 2+ ridge walk with just minor scrambling through some troughs and over some rocky points. Nine Photos of of Mushrooms We Saw on the Pacific Crest Trail to Lake Valhalla: Brown, White, Yellow, Purple, and Red. From Stevens Pass, drop east down the pass. PCT: WA Section K - Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass, Thunder Mountain via Tunnel Creek Trail and PCT. shoreline trail to Slocan and the main Beatrice Lake trail across the Evans Creek bridge. There are several backcountry campgrounds along the way at Emerald and Cahill Lakes until the trail finally ends at distant Beatrice Lake. Sub Area: Valid Parking Permit: Trailhead Amenities: Description: This trailhead provides access to the Smithbrook Trail #1590 which is a short spur that connects to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 within Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. Pretty Lake and storm enjoyed the beach. We hike today and it was amazing. It is a difficult, long bushwhack to access the watershed near upper Demers Lake. McCausland. We had a nice sunny Fall day with fresh snow so it was the perfect day for this hike. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up the road on your left. Overall, an awesome adventure that I would definitely recommend to others. The last piece, Parcel C, about 52 acres, with one or two homes, would be sold but likewise protected by a conservation easement. Pack a lunch or snack to enjoy at the lake before retracing your steps back to the trailhead. Waterproof boots would be Ideal. Our approximate route from the Smithbrook Trailhead to Lake Valhalla and the summit of Mt. PCT North trailhead at Stevens Pass. A couple campground at the top and an open space about 2/3’s up where you could camp. Lake Valhalla will probably be accessible as a hike for a bit longer. There’s probably a couple of miles of flat, paralleling the highway. The Smithbrook trailhead is 2.7 miles up the road on the left hand side. Lake Minotaur #1517: Conditions unknown . The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Trail was covered in snow! Summer of Hiking: Explore incredible views at Lake Valhalla trail. Time: 5 Hours (+). Lake Valhalla Lake Valhalla is a glacial lake located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest of the state of Washington. No mosquitoes or bugs maybe because it rain last night. I started at 7:30am on a Friday and there weren’t many people on the trail or at the lake. But this is a good option if you’re concerned about the other trailhead parking being too full. State: Washington. Sidetrip. It is a decent size lot. Turn south (left) at Union Gap and continue hiking until you reach the gap between Mount Lichtenberg and McCausland, where you get a first glimpse of Lake Valhalla. It’s only 2 kilometres from the trailhead to Drinnon Lake. Lake Valhalla and Lichtenberg Mountain in the mist. Trip Day Hike - Lake Valhalla. Hikers should consider leaving a mountain bike at Stevens Pass and riding back to the Smith Brook trailhead. Looking up Mt. 1590. Recent water bars across the road require the vehicle to have some high clearance to avoid issues. Hike Stats. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. 4 tent pads @ Emerald Lake; 6 tent pads @ Cahill Lake; no camping @ Beatrice Lake. It takes about … Snow but well marked. To get to the trailhead for Lake Valhalla drive from Stevens Pass on US 2 east for 6 miles and then drive west from Mill Creek for about a mile. Once at the lake, the access trail going down is VERY muddy. Very good hike, longer than what it says about 10 miles round trip, gets somewhat steep towards the top, make sure to bring bug spray the mosquitoes are terrible. After we passed Drinnan Lake, we reached Drinnan Pass, which was still buried in deep snow. Positioned adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail, the lake and its surrounding areas are popular for hiking, climbing and other recreational activities. Info COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. Beautiful hike. Mosquitoes are vicious, though. Go left, and you’re an your way to Valhalla Lake. The Beatrice Lake Trail offers steady hiking through forests and wetlands as it traces an old mining road, following a chain of lakes through Valhalla Provincial Park. Planned to do McCausland but with all that snow and no visibility at the summit decided to just hit the lake instead. Follow the exit for Smithbrooke off Hwy 2. Snowshoe Lake Valhalla. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Access Lake Valhalla by Stevens Pass using a section of the PCT. The western shoreline of the lake features eight marine beach campgrounds (one with a … A second portion, Parcel B, about 193.5 acres, which contains a picnic area, tennis courts and trails, would be transferred to a Lake Valhalla homeowner association under a conservation easement. The Valhalla and Bayfield Connector snowmobile and ATV trails traverse through this area year round. A story about a washed away road, how I couldn't find a trail, night hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, and killer-mosquitoes Art Rosnovsky. The hike is in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. Gravel road is 2wd appropriate, the last 2km of switchbacks to the trailhead have some rock debris, but no big deal.Signs for Valhalla are clear at any major fork - continue along Little Slocan FSR. Beautiful shortish and easy hike with great views. Lake Valhalla Trail via Route 2 is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. Snowy/a bit icy in the beginning and when nearing the lake, brought micro spikes but didn’t need to use them. Lake Valhalla - 11.5 Miles Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades. The trail begins in the Snoqualmie National Forest and enters North Cascades National Park. Lake Valhalla is one of my favorite snow hikes. Pack a lunch or snack to enjoy at … We feel like it was a short hike because it was easy and it never even feel like a 7mile hike. The hike up to Drinnon Lake is a steady huff up through the forest and across two rock slides. My destination was just up the trail, to Lake Valhalla. Recent snow was melting making for a slushy, slippery trail. The pull off on the side of Hwy. So much snow but beautiful views and weather the whole way. Trailhead, on highway 2. Beautiful crisp fall day. At about the 22km sign you will come across Little Slocan Lake FS Rec site - a great spot to free camp if doing Gimli or Gwillim lakes. 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. I took advantage of this to catch up on my recording. You can see an awesome lake and bag a peak with great views in one hike. A second portion, Parcel B, about 193.5 acres, which contains a picnic area, tennis courts and trails, will be transferred to a Lake Valhalla homeowner association under a conservation easement. There’s a place to park on the shoulder a quarter mile before the turn off on 2 going west. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Trailhead. Colors start about here. The trailhead has an ample parking area off Forest Service Road 67. Print. The park can be accessed by water, forest industrial roads or by trail. Lake Valhalla, Trail Map, Stevens Pass Trailhead N-S, Seattle - Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades, Washington. The hike itself is easy switchback, it was foggy and the lake look interesting. Takes awhile to get down to the lake once it’s in view. Lichtenberg, you have have reached the top of the hike. It gets quite windy at the top, which combined with rain made for a cold hike, but with good gear it’s not a problem. 2 near FS Road 6700 has been plowed so there's room to park now. Peaceful and currently very puddle-y, but not slippery. The pull off on the side of Hwy. The trail follows Stevens Creek and US 2 for its first 1 and a half miles. Lake Valhalla: 6.0 miles : 2979 ft : 5,040 ft : 3,900 ft : Country: United States. There are two ways to get to Lake Valhalla: (1) The Smithbrook Trailhead … Trail Map | Photo Gallery Lots of water and snow. Emerald Lake (Little Cahill) is a good day hike destination. Then turn right onto Smith Brook Road. Surprise Creek Trail to Surprise and Glacier Lakes, PCT: WA Section K - Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass, Thunder Mountain via Tunnel Creek Trail and PCT. Trip Report By. 26 Aug 2020 • 8 min read. Just before reaching the gap, a boot trail follows the ridge up to an old lookout site at Mount McCausland. The Beatrice Lake Trail offers steady hiking through forests and wetlands as it traces an old mining road, following a chain of lakes through Valhalla Provincial Park. Hiking boots are a must! Also look for well-spaced tent pads, a kitchen area and a couple of outhouses. Software Engineer He/him (they/them ok) 2x immigrant | Go Seahawks Opinions are my own. Full time took 6.5 hours. Little Cahill Lake is 4 km, Cahill Lake 6 km, and Beatrice 10 km from the lake on a good trail. Lake Valhalla - 11.5 miles Stevens Pass Trailhead N-S. Lake Valhalla (4,838') and Lichtenberg Mountain (5,844') Trail Photos Trail Map Print Trail Trip Reports Comments. Valhalla involves a steep trail hike of over 4 miles one way before beginning the main ascent. Everything is very icy, slippery and wet right now. Hike Stats. Nine Photos of of Mushrooms We Saw on the Pacific Crest Trail to Lake Valhalla: Brown, White, Yellow, Purple, and Red. 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