Paddy-Go-Easy Pass & Sprite Lake

A moderately strenuous day hike of 8 mi and 2,700 ft of elevation gain in the Salmon la Sac area. Mostly flowers and alpine grasses will give you unobstructed views one you are at the pass.

on the trail

The trail leaves the roadside meadows and heads into a stand of forest right off the bat. About 0.5 mi up the trail you'll cross a small creek and then start climbing with vigor. Within the next 0.5 mi the trail turns even steeper, leaving the last big section of forest just over 1 mi from the trailhead. Now you enter steep hillside meadows.

At 2.5 mi the trail splits. Both paths go to the pass. Take either, then come back on the other.  Go right to swing out past an old hard-rock mine (Gold? Silver? Not much of either was ever found here) and a small creek. The trails merge for the final 0.25 mi to the pass.

Paddy-Go-Easy Pass (6,100 ft) is nestled below the 400-foot red-rock cliffs of an unnamed peak. Sprite Lake lies a short distance to the south/southeast.  Follow the ridge south about 0.25 mi before descending to the lake at 6,000 ft.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • 6,100 ft
  • Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

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