Hope & Mig lakes

A 4.6 mile round trip 1,550 ft of elevation gain. The trail goes up along Tunnel Creek through old trees to two small lakes. From the lakes, head back or head southwest on the Pacific Crest Trail and out Surprise Creek for 12-mile one-way day hike with a 3-mile car shuttle.

getting there

Drive US 2 to 12 miles east of Skykomish and just east of Tunnel Creek and the hairpin turn (4 miles west of Stevens Pass) and turn right (south) onto Forest Road 6095. If traveling west, drive past the barrier at Tunnel Creek and turn around to head west on US 2. Drive Forest Road 6095 for 1.2 miles, bear left at a junction, and continue 0.1 mile to the trailhead (3,100 ft).

on the trail

hope & mig lakes

4.6 miles round trip with 1,550 feet of elevation gain, 4,650 ft high point

These are Hope and Mig ponds, actually-but what these two little lakes lack in surface area they make up for in setting. Especially if it's flowers or berries you seek. Hopefully there will still be some blueberries left. An easy to moderate hike

tunnel creek to surprise creek

12 miles one-way, 3,100 feet of elevation gain, 5,800 ft high point

This route begins at the Tunnel Creek trailhead and junctions with the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) at Hope Lake. Head south on the PCT, over Trap Pass, then on to Surprise Lake and out via Surprise Creek. Pretty alpine scenery and several scenic lakes make this is an excellent option for a one-way traverse day hike as the two trailheads are only about 3 miles apart.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 4.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,550 ft
  • 4,650 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

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