Lake Valhalla

A moderate hike or backpack from Stevens Pass or Smith Brook Road on the Pacific Crest Trail that skirts Lichtenburg Mountain to visit Lake Valhalla and/or Mount McCausland. Hike round trip from both trailheads or one-way either direction.

getting there

Smith Brook Trailhead

From Stevens Pass, drive 6 miles east on US 2 to the Mill Creek exit. Make a U-turn at Mill Creek to get into the westbound lanes of the divided highway, and drive west 1.2 miles. Turn right (north) onto Smith Brook Road (Forest Road 67) and follow it 2.8 miles to the Smith Brook Trailhead (3,950 ft).

on the trail

Lake Valhalla (5,050 ft)

From the Pacific Crest Trailhead at Stevens Pass, it's 11 miles round trip and 1,500 feet of elevation gain.

Mount mcCausland (5,747 ft)

From Smith Brook Trailhead, it's 6.5 miles round trip and 1,800 feet of elevation gain.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • 5,050 ft
  • Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

Upcoming Activities

CHS Alumni Hike - Lake Valhalla

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series Alumni
Alumni-only hikes offered for graduates of Seattle CHS.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Sep 23, 2023
4 participants on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closed Sep 20
Seattle Branch
Shelly Dearmon

Seattle Nomads Hike - Lake Valhalla

Youth Youth activity: Nomads
Join us for a beautiful fall hike! We will take the route via Smith Brook
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Oct 21, 2023
7 participants 4 chaperones
Registration closes Oct 19
Seattle Branch
Dragana Lassiter
Qualified Youth Leader
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  • Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland
  • Mount McCausland

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