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
Map
  • Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
Activities

Upcoming Activities

CHS 1 Hike - Lake Valhalla

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Hike from Stevens Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail that skirts Lichtenburg Mountain to visit
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
No Prerequisites
4 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jul 21
Seattle Branch

Backpack - Lake Valhalla

Backpacking Trip
Leisurely family-oriented overnight to Lake Valhalla. We'll camp next to the lake for plenty of
Difficulty: Moderate
Thu, Jul 28, 2022 - Fri, Jul 29, 2022
No Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Jul 15
Foothills Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Starting at Stevens Pass we will take the PCT to Lake Valhalla and then up
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jul 30, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Jul 28
Seattle Branch

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

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series
Lake Valhalla provides a wonderful backdrop for our last Go Hike of the season! We
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Sep 17, 2022
No Prerequisites
10 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Aug 12; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
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  • Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland
  • Mount McCausland
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