Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Lake Valhalla

Updated  August 5, 2014

This is the shortcut to Lake Valhalla and on the way offers views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Daniel and more. Wildflowers are out and this hike near Stevens Pass is a great one. The longer way is accessed at Stevens Pass and roundtrip is 11 miles. However, the  shortcut is a total  of 7 miles. Also, the shortcut  gives you easy access to side trip up Mt. McCausland.
Lake Valhalla

Lake Valhalla & Lichtenberg Mountain @ Maria Lamarca Anderson
Lush meadow by lake
Frank (the dog) and Alan talking about next hike

Driving Directions: From Seattle take US Highway 2 east to Stevens Pass. Continue another 4 miles just after the highway divides. Then turn left (with great care as you have westbound traffic coming at you) onto Smithbrook (also spelled Smith Brook)  Road (FS 6700). Follow this 2.8 miles and park on left.

Trail stats: Take trail 1590  about 1.4 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail to Union Gap and turn left (south) towards the lake. When you get to the lake you have gone 3.5 miles.

Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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