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Results List

75 Hikes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(279 votes)
An accessible hike for seasoned veterans and neophytes alike, Wallace Falls provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on a relatively low difficulty, scenic 5.6 mile round-trip. Although well attended and often busy, the trail stands as a true showcase of the diversity and majestic beauty that the Central Cascades can offer to hikers who journey into the heart of this sublime mountain range.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 705 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.74
(43 votes)
Hike along old logging roads to a 25-foot tall waterfall on Cherry Creek just outside of Duvall. Note that access to this area is part of an agreement with nearby homeowners, and part of the trail is on private land, so please remain on the main path, observe leash laws and keep noise to a minimum as a courtesy to homeowners along trail. There are no toilets at the trailhead. Please plan ahead.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
An out and back hike through the forest with gentle hills for the first two miles or so. It eventually joins Icicle Creek at its confluence with French Creek, and the trail continues beyond.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(20 votes)
Road closed 1/13/22: Icicle Road is closed at milepost 4 due to snow removal operations. It will reopen when the snow is cleared and it is safe to open the road.
The Icicle Gorge Trail, one of the most popular trails in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, is a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of the Icicle Creek Valley. The interpretive loop trail has a gentle grade and scenic views of Icicle Creek, Icicle Gorge, and the surrounding forest that are ideal for families, trail runners, beginner hikers, bird enthusiasts, and those looking to take a nice long walk on a well-defined path.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
1/12/2022 - The parking area for this trail is temporarily closed due to avalanche and many downed trees from recent heavy snowfall.
The Wenatchee Crest near Blewett Pass is an ideal entry-level snowshoe, thanks to its modest elevation gain and panoramic views from the ridgetop. And even with such an easily accessible trailhead, the crowds are often minimal.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
In winter, and, as with all showshoeing, the right gear, it is possible to snowshoe the Miller River Road to the Dorothy Lake Trailhead.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2521 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(355 votes)
Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls compete for attention on this 7.2 mile trip. Either would be a worthy destination by themselves and combined they are a great day on the trail.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Visiting Beebe Springs is more of a leg stretcher or bird watching location than a destination hiking location. That much being said, it has bountiful wildlife, an ADA accessible trail, and broad vistas. Do note that it is closed seasonally from December 1 to March 15.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
0.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
This short leg-stretcher winds through old growth fir and ponderosa forests with amazing geology
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(69 votes)
A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene and cascades below the rugged east wall of Mount Index at the end of a trail on the west side of Bridal Veil Creek. Take time to see and enjoy a stunning view of Bridal Veil Falls and climb flights of steps paralleling the falls.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5026 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(71 votes)
Hike a re-built trail adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. The Beckler Peak trail opened in September of 2011, and with it, the Jennifer Dunn trailhead. The trail takes you through an old-growth forest to summit views of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and Evergreen Mountain. It's easy to get to and provides great rewards for your effort. The trail has a gentle grade, it is well built, and suitable for kids. Be sure to take water with you, because there is no reliable water along the trail.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2423 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(82 votes)
Barclay Lake offers something for almost everyone: a well-maintained trail that is accessible to beginners and children, stunning mountain views, mycology, camping, a serene alpine lake, and a staging area for challenging adventures in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness. Keep your camera charged, as this popular pathway in the shadow of Baring Mountain offers many photo opportunities.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.69
(75 votes)
Heybrook Lookout is a short and moderately steep hike through a fern and moss covered forest to a fun, staircase-ridden lookout with great views of the nearby mountains. If you are introducing someone to hiking, limited on time, or trying to add on another hike or activity in the area, this is the hike for you.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(12 votes)
Hidden in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near the town of Entiat is a treasure of a trail with a wide graceful waterfall and panoramic views of the Entiat River Valley. Offering a chance to explore the outdoors for all abilities, it will be easy to see why it has been designated a National Recreational Trail and draws locals and travelers from all over the state.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
15.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2690 ft.
Highest Point: 5760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
A long, rambling gateway into the eastern side of Glacier Peak Wilderness, the Entiat River Trail culminates at its namesake glacier with Mount Maude, Seven Fingered Jack and Mount Fernow towering above. Ravaged by wildfires over the years, the majority of the trail is exposed, dry and dusty. Both flora and fauna are slowly returning and the revealed panorama of bordering peaks makes for an extraordinary wilderness corridor.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 3150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(20 votes)
Everything that makes a river hike fun is here, cool bridges, waterfalls, big trees, lots of dripping moss, and mushrooms.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Hike this lovely, flat trail in the forests of the North Cascades to a quiet waterfall about 2.5 miles from Holden Village.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5495 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(33 votes)
An up and down meandering trail that leads through open forest, wildflower meadows and a side trip to some fantastic views. The road up does most of the work, so the climb is not too long, and can be easily done by most hikers.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
This is an ideal ‘multi-modal’ kid hike, featuring a two mile bike ride, followed by an easy and quite pretty half mile hike. We did the bike and hike with our kids when they were four and six, and they enjoyed it.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(6 votes)
This beautiful meadow is visible from a variety of logging roads that surround it. Visitors are asked to not walk in the meadow, as it is a protected research area and a fragile ecosystem.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2507 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
The White River gets its name from the glacial flour pouring down from the heights of the Dakobed Range via Foam, Lightning, and Thunder Creeks. The milky blue-white color is a result of suspended rock particles that have been ground down from the peaks over millennia.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(17 votes)
The short half-mile interpretive trail along Deception Falls is a great stop for a quick stretch of the legs as you drive over Stevens Pass. The highlight is the tumbling, multi-tiered waterfall and its distinctive 90 degree turn the creek makes at a stop along the way.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
16.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2525 ft.
Highest Point: 5550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(13 votes)
A stroll north on the Pacific Crest Trail to tranquil Lake Janus and neighboring Grizzly Peak offers panoramas of the Central Cascades’ finest peaks and undulating meadows blanketed with wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Traveled by sauntering day hikers, first-time backpackers and dedicated thru-hikers bound for Canada, this well-graded trail has a little something for everyone.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
This trail travels along the valley floor of the Little Wenatchee River for several miles before switchbacking up 1500 feet through intermittent slide alder and mature forest to Meander Meadows. While the trail does receive occasional brushing, the lower section can be challenging.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
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.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(6 votes)
A short, non-crowded hike to a great waterfall and historic mines.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 104 ft.
Highest Point: 1420 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
A short but scenic nature trail that begins and ends at the Troublesome Creek Campground. Hikers and campers will enjoy the walk along and over the turquoise creek, which indeed could be troublesome without the bridges spanning the shores.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 1700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
If you don’t mind descending first, then ascending later, the Sultan River Canyon trail is a nice alternative for the shoulder season when snow is still too deep in the mountains. Drop to the sparkling Sultan River, then climb back up on nicely graded switchbacks in the shade.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(50 votes)
Lake Valhalla is a gem, tucked under Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland on the PCT North of Stevens Pass. The lake is a great day hike in summer or fall and accessible by snowshoe in the winter. Wildflowers abound in early summer, berries in late summer and fall colors make vivid surroundings in autumn.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 5360 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(25 votes)
Red Top Lookout, built in 1952, restored in 1997, and still operational today, provides a fine bang for your hiking buck. A short, steep trail leads to the functioning fire lookout as well as magnificent 360 degree views of the Stuart Range, Teanaway Ridge, Chelan and Entiat Mountains, Mount Rainier, and even Mount Adams on a clear day.