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 over Trap Pass and out Surprise Creek for 12-mile one-way day hike with a 3-mile car shuttle.

getting there

Drive US-2 13.2 miles east of Skykomish. Turn right off US-2 onto Forest Road 6095 at the big sweeping left-hand turn just before the US-2 changes to four lanes and starts the final climb to Stevens Pass. Drive Forest Road 6095 for 1.5 mile, staying left at all road junctions, to the Tunnel Creek Trailhead, Trail No. 1061, (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. Hike the Tunnel Creek Trail 1.6 miles to its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Hope Lake. Turn left and hike south 0.9 mile on the PCT to Mig  Lake.

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 joins 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.

Trap Lake

11 miles round trip, 2,600 feet of elevation gain, 5,200 ft high point

Hike the Tunnel Creek Trail 1.6 miles to its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Hope Lake. Turn right and hike north 3.4 miles to the junction with the spur trail to Trap Lake. Bear left and hike 0.3 mile to Trap Lake.

  • 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

Upcoming Activities

CHS 2 Hike - Trap Lake

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Hike the Tunnel Creek Trail to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail that leads
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, Jun 13, 2021
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration opens May 26
Seattle Branch
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  • Tunnel Creek to Surprise Creek
  • Trap Lake
  • Hope & Trap Lakes
  • Hope, Mig & Trap Lakes

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