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

Day Hike - Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland

Day Hiking Trip
**Preference given to 2024 Olympia Conditioning Hiking Series participants** Trip will open for registration to
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Jul 15
Olympia Branch
Mandi Maycumber
Qualified Youth Leader

CHS 1 Hike - Lake Valhalla

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Starting at Stevens Pass. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)
Difficulty: Moderate
Thu, Aug 15, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Shelly Dearmon

September Hikes: 4 to 8 miles, 750 to 2,000 feet gain - Lake Valhalla

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Course
This hike may count toward your monthly required GoHike course September hike.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Sep 7, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Aug 16; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
Pam Jorgensen
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  • Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland
  • Mount McCausland

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