Lake Valhalla (winter)

A moderate ski or snowshoe trip of 7.5 miles and 1700 feet of gain, this route allows plenty of opportunity for route-finding.

getting there

Drive SR 2 to the Smith Brook Road turn off and parking area, 4.2 miles east of Stevens Pass (3,190 ft). If coming from the east, drive Stevens Pass Nordic Center and use the U-turn access for SR 2 westbound to the parking area.

ski & snowshoe route

Travel up the Smith Brook Road.  Turn off the road to head cross-country, choosing a route to the saddle above Lake Valhalla.  Descend to the lake if conditions and motivation are favorable.

Information for LEADERS

Many popular snowshoe and ski routes utilize Smith Brook Road parking area where this route begins. Review these other routes to be sure your trip will not conflict with others and encourage carpooling within your group.  

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • 4,800 ft
  • Land Manager: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests
    Henry M Jackson Wilderness, Skykomish Ranger District (MBSNF)
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144
  • USGS Labyrinth Mtn
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
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