PCT: Surprise Creek to Stevens Pass
This hike could be done in conjunction with Hike D-1 with potential car camping. It could also be done as a solo hike as well.
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Begin at 2200’ at the Surprise Creek TH. Climb to 4840’ to the PCT. Follow a series of ups and downs ranging from 240’ to 960’ in vertical difference, before descending 900’ to Stevens Pass. Total Gain – 5390’ including access trail to PCT.
HIKE – You’ll head up the Surprise Creek Trail approximately 4.0 miles, reaching Surprise Lake and the junction of Trail 1060.1 Take a left and head up about 0.6 miles. You have reached the PCT. Continuing north on the PCT, you’ll go 4.0 miles to Hope Lake. During the next 3.5 miles you’ll pass several smaller lakes/ponds reaching Josephine Lake. Your final 4.5 miles will put you at the Stevens Pass PCT Trailhead.
Best Flowers July through September. This hike is listed as Hike #22 on page 113 in Wildflower Hikes – Washington.
GETTING THERE – From Brickyard Park & Ride, it is estimated that it will take 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to Stevens Pass with approximately 30 minutes needed for car staging.
Take Hwy 2 East to Stevens Pass. Approximately 5.9 miles west of Stevens Pass, just past the Iron Goat Interpretative Center, on the right side, is unsigned FR 840. At this point take minimum number of cars to Stevens Pass (the finish). Continue east 5.9 miles to the PCT TH at Stevens Pass Summit Area. Leave cars and go back 5.9 miles to FR 840 and meet up with the rest of the group. Go on FR 840 to the old railroad community of Scenic. Cross the railroad tracks and go approximately 0.3 miles to the Trailhead.
This is a gorgeous hike with alpine lakes and mountain views. It is listed as a best wildflower hike and in September the berries should be ripe. The goal of this PCT Series weekend is to day hike both north and south on the PCT from Stevens Pass. Leader will ask for permission to camp at Dinsmore’s Hiker Haven with PCT through and section hikers on Saturday night. This is the more strenuous hike of the two, if you sign up for both we will have a nice leg stretcher on Sunday to Lake Valhalla. N... More
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