Cathedral Rock-Deception Pass-Tuck & Robin Lakes

A beautiful loop trail with options for day hikes and backpacks ranging from 9 miles to 20 miles roundtrip in the heart of the alpine lakes wilderness. Trail provides access to Squaw Lake, Peggy's Pond, Deception Pass, Tuck and Robin Lakes, Hyas Lake, Marmot and Jade Lakes, and Lake Clarice.

getting there

From Exit 80 off of I-90, drive to Salmon La Sac. Turn onto Forest Road 4330, Fish Lake Road, and drive 12.5 mi to the Deception Pass Trailhead at the road end. Both the Cathedral Rock trail and Deception Pass trail leave from the same parking lot. The Deception Pass Trail leaves from the far north end of the lot while the Cathedral Rock trail is near the middle set of bathrooms on the west side. 

on the trail

Loop Trip

Hike the Cathedral Rock Trail heading north to Cathedral Pass. At 2.1 miles in you'll reach a junction for Trail Creek and Michael Lake, stay right and continue on the trail for 2.8 miles. You'll pass Squaw Lake which has a couple great camping spots and the trees become thinner and you'll see the stunning Cathedral Rock. The trail meets the Pacific Crest Trail and you have two options (1) Continue the loop by hiking north towards deception pass. (2) Head towards Peggy's pond by hiking west on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for a few minutes before taking a right and circling around cathedral rock. 

The hike north to deception pass is another 5.2 miles with a couple options for camping as you get closer to the pass. Hike south on the Deception Pass Trail. After 0.6 miles on the deception pass trail you'll reach the junction for Tuck and Robin Lakes. Tuck lake is 1.1 miles up the trail and Robin Lakes is another 1.4 miles. If you don't have time to visit those lovely little lakes continue south down the trail for another 4.4 miles to the trailhead. Passing Little Hyas Lake and Hyas Lake. 

other options

  • From Deception Pass, hike north on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) 4.3 miles to Deception Lakes.
  • From Deception Pass, hike north on the Lake Clarice Trail 2.8 miles to a junction. From here it's 0.7 mile to Marmot Lake and 0.9 mile to Lake Clarice. Follow an unmaintained path from Marmot Lake to Jade Lake.
  • From the trailhead, hike north on the Deception Pass Trail to Deception Pass and Tuck & Robin Lake.

Loop Trip Profile

Elevation Gain
Cathedral Rock Trail to PCT Junction 4.9 2200
PCT Junction to Peggy's Pond 0.7 0
PCT Junction to Deception Pass 5.2 -1100
Deception pass to Junction with Tuck and Robin Lakes 0.6 -300
Tuck and Robin Junction to Robin Lake  2.5 2000
Tuck and Robin Junction to Hyas Lake 2.4 -700
Hyas Lake to Deception Pass Trailhead 2.0 -100
TOTAL MILEAGE (no side trips)
TOTAL MILEAGE (including side trips to Peggy and Tuck & Robin Lakes)


  • Out-and-back to Peggy's Pond via Cathedral Rock Trail is  9 miles roundtrip with 2,200 ft in elevation gain. Great camping and great views of Cathedral Rock and Mount Daniel
  • Out-and-back to Tuck & Robin Lakes via Deception Pass Trail is 14 miles and 3,200 feet of elevation gain.
  • Tuck & Robin Lakes are an added 2.2 to 5 miles and up to 2,000 feet of elevation gain from the Deception Pass Trail.  There are campsites at the lakes.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,700 ft
  • 6,200 ft
  • Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

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Trip Reports

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  • Cathedral Rock-Deception Pass Loop
  • Tuck & Robin Lakes
  • Robin Lake
  • Cathedral Rock & Peggy's Pond
  • Cathedral Rock
  • Squaw Lake
  • Deception Pass & Lakes
  • Marmot & Jade Lakes
  • Marmot & Clarice Lakes
  • Marmot, Clarice & Jade Lakes

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