CHS 2 Hike - Surprise Mountain

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Surprise Mountain

Starting near Stevens Pass, we'll hike along Surprise Creek to Glacier & Surprise Lakes, then join the Pacific Crest Trail to Surprise Gap and the summit of Surprise Mountain with far-reaching views. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph).

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,330 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

We'll meet at the Surprise Lake Trailhead at 7:30 am (47.7065, -121.1500) and start hiking at 7:45.  You'll need a Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass.

Surprise Mountain is a 6,330-foot mountain summit located above the southern end of Glacier Lake and Surprise Lake.

See some pics: Surprise Creek Trail #1060.
Read some recent trip reports: WTA Surprise Mountain.


Surprise Lake & Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
Trip Reports