Mount McCausland

A strenuous 8-mile round trip snowshoe near Stevens Pass with 2,700 feet of elevation gain. It is very scenic and has great views.

getting there

Drive SR 2 to the Smithbrook Road turn off and parking area, 4.2 miles east of Stevens Pass. If coming from the east, drive Stevens Pass Nordic Center and use the U-turn access for SR 2 westbound to the parking area.

snowshoe route

Travel up Smith Brook Road to the Smithbrook Trailhead (6,000 ft).  Turn off the road and head cross-country, choosing a route to the saddle above Lake Valhalla.


  • Mount McCausland (not labeled on the USGS topo map) is the 5747 foot peak located immediately north of Lake Valhalla.

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/Strenuous
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • 5,747 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

Upcoming Activities

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Mount McCausland

Backcountry Skiing Trip
Moderate backcountry ski tour, mostly tree skiing.
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, Jan 5, 2020
6 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Dec 8
Foothills Branch
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