The first mile of the hike is on Smithbrook Trail No. 1590. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. Both routes offer similar elevation gain; the Smithbrook route starts at 3800 feet, just 200 feet lower than the Stevens Pass route. 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. The quicker route is via the Smithbrook trailhead. We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. The trail continues along the rail bed for another 500 yards or so, where the train was backed in to clear the switchback, before proceeding up and over the pass. About 3.5 miles past Stevens Pass, turn left on Forest Service Road 6700 (be careful crossing westbound traffic on US 2!). You'll reach the Smithbrook Trailhead in about 2.8 miles. Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. Lake Valhalla Loop via Pacific Crest Trail. 3. Wenatchee Pass via Pacific Crest Trail. Amenities: parking; Hiking Trails (5) 1. Hike by WTA Correspondents: From Leavenworth, WA, take US-2 West for 31 miles. Trail was in good shape, though there is plenty of water and mud from the melting snow. A recent reworking of the trail starts off with gentle switchbacks. Lake Valhalla; Felt pretty lucky to eek a sunny fall hike here in late October. 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. Suitable Activities: Day Hiking; Seasons: June, July, August, September, October Be cautious when crossing the west bound lanes of Hwy 2 onto 6700. This tree was too big to cut with a crosscut saw so it was cleared using blasting. Veterans' Day visit to a gorgeous lake. Free, self-registration is required at the Smithbrook Trailhead (access for Valhalla (s) and Janus (n) and beyond). Trailhead elevation 3,800 ft Lake Valhalla elevation 4,830 ft Michael 5 years, 5 months ago from Lake Valhalla. Mount mcCausland (5,747 ft) From Smith Brook Trailhead, it's 6.5 miles round trip and 1,800 feet of elevation gain. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up the road on your left. Jim Speaker 4 years, 4 months ago Track (7/31/16, 11:38:58AM) mweagle 5 years, 2 months ago Lake Valhalla Route. The highway will become divided. DIFFICULT 13.7 mi. The first mile of the trail is along an old rail bed, used before tunnels were dug to route the railway under Stevens Pass. Just before reaching the gap, a boot trail follows the ridge up to an old lookout site at Mount McCausland. Heading up to Lake Valhalla. Opportunity to hike on the famous Pacific Crest Trail. The Smithbrook trailhead is 2.7 miles up the road on the left hand side. We started at the SmithBrook trailhead. This route is 10 miles roundtrip and offers 1000 feet of elevation gain.WTA Pro Tip: Thru-hike the trails to Lake Valhalla using a key swap! Valhalla is a popular destination in winter as well, though the access point and the route are very different; see our Hiking Guide entry for Lake Valhalla Snowshoe for further details on this route. It climbs steadily on variously moderate and steep switchbacks to Union Gap and the PCT junction (1.3 miles : 4,610'). Lake Valhalla: 6.0 miles : 2979 ft : 5,040 ft : 3,900 ft : Country: United States. To access the Smithbrook trailhead, remain on Hwy 2 through Stevens Pass. In August and September, you will frequently meet PCT thru-hikers as they head north to Stehekin and the end of their journey at the Canadian Border. I'd just had some skin cancer removed from my face and the need for wound care cancelled out doing a backpack. The trailhead is 2.5 miles up Road 6700. Total distance: 7 miles roundtrip. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. 3.5 miles east of the pass, 100 yards after the highway divides there is a well-marked left turn for Forest Service Road 6700. Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License. Moderate hike with relatively smooth trail. Lake Valhalla is located 2.2 miles south of … Photo by z7. If you look carefully, you can see where the railroad switchbacked up from Yodelin. Pacific Northwest. Access Lake Valhalla. Washington. It takes about two hours to drive from Seattle to the trailhead. As the rail bed section of the trail ends, head away from the noise of Highway 2 and into a series of meadows. 100 yards after the highway divides there is a private Country Club offering members a wealth activities... About Smithbrook Trailhead—a hiking attraction recommended by 2 people on komoot—and browse 2 photos & 1 insider tips meadows. 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