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Hope and Mig Lakes

Central Cascades


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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5.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

This hike has deep forest, pretty mountain lakes, fall color, and plenty of good trail to walk on without watching your feet all the time.

The trail initially spends a brief time in the forest, then it crosses through an old clearcut, then heads back to forest, back to clearcut, and finally forest for the rest of the climb to Hope Lake. The first part of the climb is in a deep valley. It is followed by a moderate ascent through forest, and finally a steeper climb (1.3 miles, 1,000-foot elevation gain) to Hope Lake. In fall, vine maple will brighten this climb.

At Hope Lake, you’ll find places to enjoy a break, or to totally relax if this is your destination. Color is provided by blueberry bushes, but the berries will be gone fast, nibbled away by savvy fall crowds. To go to Mig Lake, a pretty lake in a flat, open setting, go left around Hope Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail for about 0.9 miles.

WTA Pro Tip: Turn right at Hope Lake and follow the PCT for 3.5 miles to Trap Lake. The trail to Trap Lake takes the PCT up over a pass at 5,300 feet and then down a bit before starting a long, gentle climb towards Trap Lake. The trail is open with outstanding views. Fall color is provided by the ever-present blueberry bushes and the reward is a wonderful view of Trap Lake.


Hope and Mig Lakes

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.7128, -121.1073 Open map in new window


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

Tunnel Creek (#1061), Pacific Crest (#2000)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Central Cascades (Romano & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

Getting There

From Skykomish, head east on US-2 for 12 miles. Just as you round the crest of a deep curve in US-2 over Tunnel Creek, turn right onto Forest Road 6095. Continue for 1.2 miles to the trailhead.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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