All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity. We hiked up the 3 or so miles to the trailhead. For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. 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. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. Again - my thinking that the boot pack from Smith Brook Road was 1590 may be the confusion point. So I don't see how 7.5 was accurate. 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. Seattle, WA 98104. 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, … Going back to #1590 to get up to the PCT would indeed add some miles. Today we snowshoed to Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland. My Backpack. 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. 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. 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. 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. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. I'd be quite interested if you attempt this hike and get to the lake from highway 2 in 7.5 miles. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/smithbrook-trail podenski@me.com cwcoleman ... Snowshoe and Camp at Skyline Lake. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It was hard not to notice how deep the snow still is. East Fork of the Foss River: 8.2 miles, 700 feet net elevation gain. I was excited to revisit the region, as Valhalla and I have a bit of a cursed history. Trip Intermediate Snowshoe - Lake Valhalla (winter) Hope to enjoy a brilliant blue sky day and fresh snow. 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. We didn't make it to the PCT junction. About 1 foot of compact snow, with a frost layer a few inches down. 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. The forest road snow was packed down and we hiked the 3 miles to the trailhead in boots. Central Cascades. Blog; Magazine; Sign Up; Press Room; Site Search. Photo credit: Andrew Monko 9. 2 near FS Road 6700 has been plowed so there's room to park now. The crossover to … 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. Print. Are you saying the editor (who may or may not have taken my advice) is wrong? Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Check your maps! 89 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Community: Joan Burton. The forecast had a high of 24°F at the lake basin, and that felt generous. Super accessible, easy hike just past the summit of Stevens Pass. 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