Jan 03, 2015 09:57 PM. Print. Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; We arrived at RD6700 at 9:30am and … Not new to snow travel. Stuart hovers at the end of the lake but was obscured by clouds. 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. Between Index and Leavenworth. Jan 03, 2015 06:39 PM. Do you disagree with whoever edited this hike description and changed it to 13 miles? At lower elevations the snow was crusted, but soft. Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. She has also posted a TR (WTA) and you can find it here. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/lake-valhalla All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity. As others have mentioned, the first three miles are pretty simple. Photo credit: Andrew Monko 9. 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. Still some snow over the trail the last 1/3 of the hike and around the lake (as of June 20th). A little further into the switchback after the summer trailhead parking area. Bugs No bugs. From there we went cross country up valley to Lake Valhalla per Dan Nelson's description. A popular summertime destination for many hikers and backpackers, Lake Valhalla also makes a rewarding advanced snowshoe route. We took ski's instead of snowshoes and the return trip was a breeze. Share . podenski@me.com on I think the 7.5 number comes from the summer trip. East Fork of the Foss River: 8.2 miles, 700 feet net elevation gain. Are you saying the editor (who may or may not have taken my advice) is wrong? Blog; Magazine; Sign Up; Press Room; Site Search. Probably 8 sleds in total. Another group (experienced with the area) finished heading up to the PCT, not sure where they went after that. 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. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe. Barclay Lake: 2 miles, 230 feet net elevation gain. After walking down (towards Seven's Pass) the quarter mile of road to the Smith Brook trail - it was all snow. Thanks. Washington Trails Association on Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. By the way - today was super fun. 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. Going back to #1590 to get up to the PCT would indeed add some miles. Hike round trip from both trailheads or one-way either direction. Can’t guarantee either Info COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. 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. We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. It heads up and across the valley to connect with the PCT. 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. 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. Snowshoe Lake Valhalla. Hwy 2 was wet but clear. 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, … Anthony Kasner Lake Valhalla is one of the prime winter day trips in the Stevens Pass area. Then the climbing began.... not overly steep - but a tight snowshoe track. But that's not what the description says. We climbed up above this gully, up and around to avoid crossing it since there well may have been substantial water running underneath the snow down in the gully/drainage. Type of Hike Day hike. 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. Mt. The trail toward the lake was almost perfect. WTA description below. Very wet snow all around, with the wintry mix today. We had a nice sunny Fall day with fresh snow so it was the perfect day for this hike. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Lake Valhalla had snow but the trail was mostly slush. Seattle, WA 98104. https://www.alltrails.com/us/washington/leavenworth/snowshoeing This hike starts out fairly flat, and most of the first 2-3 miles is actually a very gradual downhill. Take a spur into the woods at the trailhead (which is 3 miles from the car). Melakwa Lake felt like a winter snowshoe that we forgot to wear snowshoes for. When parking I made sure to give them enough room to get in/out. See more ideas about the great outdoors, places to go, places to see. We parked on the shoulder of HWY 2 and walked the berm to the Smithbrook Rd. Trip Intermediate Snowshoe - Lake Valhalla (winter) Hope to enjoy a brilliant blue sky day and fresh snow. The only map I have is the Green Trails map. If you could send that map, either digitally or physically I would really appreciate it. 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. Join & Give; Volunteer; Take Action; Events; Donate; News . I would say snowshoes were mandatory here. I was here again today, and just re-read the attached trail description. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. My Backpack. The forest road snow was packed down and we hiked the 3 miles to the trailhead in boots. Cub Lake is a perfect choice if you want a slightly longer hike. Go. The spur we took, and that is still blazed today - is just beyond the summer trailhead. Contact Us. Today we snowshoed to Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. The pull off on the side of Hwy. I have included a photo of our track - GPS track available on request :-) 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. 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. Basic Snowshoe Add-on Add on snowshoes to your reservation. Parking on highway 2 was super easy. Super accessible, easy hike just past the summit of Stevens Pass. The route described in Snowshoe Routes Washington doesn't go on trail #1590. There was about a foot of snow on the road. 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. 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 have a marked up map with slope shading, relevant trails highlighted (1590, PCT, Smith Brook Road, cross-country path), etc. WTA’s Commitment to Stand Against Racism; Go Outside . 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. 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. There were also tracks leading up to the saddle; micro-spikes were useful there. Time made us turn around about 1 mile up the 1590 trail. Rate this Adventure 11.6 miles 1500 ft gain ... this hike will be just within reach of completion while it is daylight. Once we got to the trail, however, snowshoes were needed. Snowshoe Package Choices: * Prices good December through April excluding holidays. So, no particular reason. We parked on the shoulder of HWY 2 … 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. We did encounter a steep gully/drainage along the PCT about 1/4 mile before reaching the lake. Let me know if there is anything I can trade for the help. Unfortunately I've already deleted the GPS tracks from that trip and today we only made it to the 1590 trailhead so that is no help either. 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. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/rachel-lake-trail--4 2 near FS Road 6700 has been plowed so there's room to park now. Lake Kelcema Snowshoe Hike Info. We hiked up the 3 or so miles to the trailhead. Six of us headed up to Stevens Pass with the intention of driving to Smithbrook Trailhead to snowshoe to Lake Valhalla. The snow on the forest service road was compacted, so there was no need for snowshoes. Snow Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended. Yeah - I've done my fair share of 'wilderness navigation'. 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. " cwcoleman 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. Then the 1590 trail is 1.5 miles to the PCT, and then 1.8 to the lake. Paulc Hiked Jan 24, 2019. Lake Valhalla; Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; We set out on Saturday from the pull out on Highway 2 for FR 6700. That is 6.5 miles - 1 way. Our mileage was 5.7 miles in to Lake Valhalla from the start of the hike on Highway 2 (11.4 miles roundtrip). Trail Conditions Minor obstacles posing few problems. Melakwa Lake was our first really snowy hike of this season. I have included a photo of our track - GPS track available on request :-) Road Road impassable/closed. Put our snowshoes … Jan 28, 2014 - Explore Jamie Dobbs's board "Snowshoe Trails" on Pinterest. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. It was cold, icy and beautiful. Climb slightly while snowshoeing across the valley wall to get near the 4600-foot level in the next mile. Lake Valhalla will probably be accessible as a hike for a bit longer. Great road in, well maintained trail and great scenery the second half of the hike. Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion. More than just books: Gear, Apparel & More Shop Owing to it's easy access, moderate avy risk (under most conditions) and multiple destinations for snowshoers and scramblers alike, the consensus was to drive east to Smith Brook Road and see what struck our fancy once we got going. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. 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. 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. Lake Elizabeth: 11 miles, 1,700 feet net elevation gain. Only sort of needed snowshoes here because of the snowmobile traffic. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; Mount McCausland; Had no trouble parking at 9:30, just one other car in the Smith Brook turnout. 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. on From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). 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. Mountaineers Books. There were already tracks this way (and another group leading the way) - so it was easy to find. podenski@me.com For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. Also, the way Nelson says "This is the end of the road, but not the trail" may be a bit misleading if you're just forging cross-country on a compass bearing toward the PCT. 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. Surprise Lake: 8 … Snow was falling up the 1590 trail, but mostly all rain down on Smith Brook Road. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/smithbrook-trail We didn't make it to the PCT junction. Jan 03, 2015 10:21 PM, Washington Trails Association 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. on Leave the road at the apex of that switchback, and traverse the open hillside above Smith Brook. Dec 30, 2014 09:34 PM, Yes, I would love to see this trail on a map. Lake Valhalla is one of my favorite snow hikes. Seattle, WA 98104. We also enjoyed the very cool layering of snow on some boulders along the side of Smith Brook Road (see photo). View from the trail to Lake Valhalla by Anthony Kasner. Eventually, we rounded the corner to reveal Lake Ingalls. Snowshowed to Lake Valhalla on Saturday. Check WTA for trip reports or call the ranger’s station . -Chris, cwcoleman Posted by: ... Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. It is barely noticeable. Up on the PCT, as we were breaking trail, the PCT was scarcely visible however we easily followed it using GPS and compass bearings. 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. ... Snowshoe and Camp at Skyline Lake. .5 miles from the PCT. 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. About 1 foot of compact snow, with a frost layer a few inches down. Instead of following the Smith Brook Trail, we navigated cross country up valley toward Lake Valhalla. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. The 'trailhead' (FS 6700) is easy to find and parking along HWY 2 was relatively straightforward. So I don't see how 7.5 was accurate. The crossover to … 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 So there would not be an established trail for that portion between the Smith Brook road and the PCT. See more ideas about Go hiking, Snow shoes, Trail. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe ... but instead of going to the resort like the rest of the masses we headed on the PCT toward Lake Valhalla. Parked at the Highway 2 pullout past Stevens Pass and headed up FR6700. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Overall a fun snowshoe. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/lake-valhalla-trail I dont like easy and short though. There is a very noticeable Avalanche Chute right before the summer parking area - be careful here. The water was a deep blue, and the warm rocky cirque provided the most brilliant contrast. There are two ways to access the lake. I have a map I can send you on which I've marked the route if you're interested. After about 3 miles of skinning up the road, we skied across the meadow and up the drainage toward Lake Valhalla using our topo map … Hike Finder Map; Hiking Guide; Trip Reports; Hiking with Kids; Hiking by Season; Trail Smarts; Passes and Permits; Ranger Station Info; Youth Programs; Trail Work Parties; Get Involved . Trip Report By. Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. This is the end of the road, but not the trail. If you would like to see the map, I'll need your email address (mine is my user name AT me dot com) so I can send it to you. It is not clear here how I would connect to the PCT from Smith Brook Road, other than 1590. 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. 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. It’s not too long of a trail and their are really nice views along the way. Make the u-turn at the Steven's pass nordic center sign / Mill Creek and then look for the cars parked on the road. Check your maps! We landed on Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla just past Steven’s Pass. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. The camera was stored away at this point, as the trail became rockier and more of a scramble. 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. Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn. Lake Valhalla Snowshoe; 1st snowshoe trip of the season. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Your path steadily gains in elevation, while views are mostly forested. We hiked up the road about a quarter mile before catching the trail. There is a plowed clearing about a quarter mile before Smith Brook Road. I'd be quite interested if you attempt this hike and get to the lake from highway 2 in 7.5 miles. Central Cascades. The good part is that they really help groom the trail/road. After your snowshoeing adventure, come back to your cabin, light a fire and enjoy the evening at Valhalla. Get Trail News Subscribe to our free email newsletter for … According to the paragraph quote above - the PCT junction is at 3.5 miles (well before the lake) and that alone is 7 miles. Still interested in that map. Very good conditions and happy faces all over the trail. 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). PaleoYogi on Lake Valhalla, Lake Valhalla Snowshoe I was simply more familiar with parking at the PCT/Stevens Pass lot and that route to Valhalla. I swear the directions are to park on highway 2, hike 3 miles up Smith Brook Road. 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. Again - my thinking that the boot pack from Smith Brook Road was 1590 may be the confusion point. 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. 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. 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. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Others who have made the trip before were confident it was the way. 89 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Community: Joan Burton. It was hard not to notice how deep the snow still is. I'll email you. 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! $3.00/person per day. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. 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. Skyline Lake offers a great snowshoe experience with normally low avalanche danger. Lake Valhalla If you love to play in the snow and have found that skiing isn't quite your cup of tea, hitch a ride with friends to Steven's Pass Resort and peel off to tag this incredible snowshoe hike (always go with a buddy, though). There were a few groups of snowmobiles out today. 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. 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. The view of the lake was phenomenal. Our mileage was 5.7 miles in to Lake Valhalla from the start of the hike on Highway 2 (11.4 miles roundtrip). After the first good snowfall, there is an easy boot path to follow up to the PCT and ultimately down to the lake. We found good snowshoeing conditions (on Feb 14, 2015) especially above 4,500 feet. The new snow depth was approximately 8 - 10 inches on the PCT. The forecast had a high of 24°F at the lake basin, and that felt generous. 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). To the left, down and across the stream starts the climb to Lichtenwasser and up to the right lies Union Gap. Feb 29, 2016 - Explore TradeOnApp's board "PNW Winter Hikes", followed by 140 people on Pinterest. Hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the Smith Brook road ( road )... Adventure, come wta lake valhalla snowshoe to # 1590 out on Highway 2 for FR 6700 4052.... 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