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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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Results List

119 Hikes
Heybrook Ridge

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 775 ft.
Highest Point: 1327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(57 votes)
The Leovy Trail, a testament to community land conservation, is a moderate ascent through second-growth Cascade rainforest to the summit of Heybrook Ridge. At the top, take in stunning views of Mount Index, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Skykomish Valley.
 
 
Evergreen Mountain Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1425 ft.
Highest Point: 5587.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(21 votes)
A short but stiff climb through an old burn, old growth forest, and alpine meadows to a restored fire lookout standing sentinel over the western flanks of the Wild Sky Wilderness.
 
 
Wellington Ghost Town

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
Follow a gentle path along the eastern portion of the Iron Goat Trail near Stevens Pass, once the original path of the Great Northern Railway. Visit the townsite of Wellington (later named Tye) known for the first Cascade Tunnel and as the site of one of the worst natural disasters in US history.
 
 
Lake Dorothy - Lake Bear - Lake Deer

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(39 votes)
Road Washout: The Miller River Road is washed out 4 miles from the trailhead, meaning visitors will need to add an 8-mile road walk to the mileage listed above
Day-hikers and backpackers alike visit Lake Dorothy, a very large and beautiful lake less than two miles from the trailhead. Once there, they either rest and play for the day, or continue on to Bear and Deer Lakes, a pair of very pretty smaller lakes deeper in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The very ambitious press on to remote Snoqualmie Lake. Lake Dorothy can be crowded on summer weekends, but the other lakes see fewer visitors.
 
 
Crescent Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 18 ft.
Highest Point: 86.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(2 votes)
An oxbow lake near the Snoqualmie River provides bird habitat and a little bit of wandering.
 
 
Spada Lake - Culmback Dam

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Culmback Dam and Spada Lake provide lovely retreat off Highway 2, just east of Sultan and up the Sultan Basin Road. Spada Lake is a source of drinking water, so in-water activities are prohibited, but there are hiking trails that circle the lake and nearby just waiting for your exploration.
 
 
Phelps Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Phelps Creek Trail offers relatively easy access to the remote Glacier Peak Wilderness, particularly Spider Meadows and the larch-ridden Carne Mountain.
 
 
Troublesome Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Highest Point: 5433.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Troublesome Mountain is a modest peak scramble that can be reached via the Index-Galena Road.
 
 
Index Town Wall

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(11 votes)
 
This unofficial trail is short, steep and extremely eroded. Because it's not officially built or managed hikers are encouraged to find other locations to explore in the area.
 
 
Wallace Falls State Park - Greg Ball Trail to Wallace Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(18 votes)
The Greg Ball Trail is a trail envisioned by and honoring one of the greatest trail advocates this state has ever had. Ball was a former board member and director of the WTA. In 1993 he launched the organization’s volunteer trail maintenance program which has since grown into the largest state-based program of its kind. He designed this trail to Wallace Lake and it was finished in his memory by volunteers from WTA and through support from the Spring Trail Trust.
 
 
Deception Pass

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
28.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Accessible from Highway 2, I-90, or the iconic Pacific Crest Trail, Deception Pass is a gateway to alpine lakes, stunning mountain views or, if you're a thru-hiker, Mexico or Canada.
 
 
Skyline Lake Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(16 votes)
Dramatic mounds of snow, a frozen lake and sweeping views into the Alpine Lakes and Glacier Peak Wildernesses await snowshoers at Skyline Lake. Easily accessed from the Stevens Pass ski area, this steep and rewarding ridge walk is a classic on a sunny day.
 
 
Miller River Road Snowshoe

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 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.
 
 
Boulder Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2140 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Boulder Lake has been rendered inaccessible by a trail washout just past the junction with the Greider Lakes Trail.
 
 
Pass Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Pass Creek is an easy access point to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and provides opportunities for longer loop hikes open to stock when conditions permit.
 
 
Pear Lake via Meadow Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
16.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3375 ft.
Highest Point: 5225.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
A rambling trail that provides easy access from the Beckler River Road near Skykomish to the Pacific Crest Trail and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness through the Meadow Creek Valley to sweet little Pear Lake for an overnight.
 
 
Lake Elizabeth

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 69 ft.
Highest Point: 2890.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
This is a short, mostly level trail around a small tranquil lake that has the potential to be a great family hike. However, in its current condition it is best for adventurous adults and older kids.
 
 
Grace Lakes

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
Take a short hike up to these lakes in the Stevens Pass Ski Area.
 
 
Fortune Ponds

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
Not traveled by the masses, the Meadow Creek trail provides plenty of solitude as you gently climb through old burn and old growth to heather slopes, blueberry patches, and snow-fed lakes near the Cascade Crest.
 
 
Fisher Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1580 ft.
Highest Point: 5171.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(10 votes)
This is a large lake hidden just south of Tonga Ridge in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Reached by a brushy, boot-beaten fisherman's path, it is less visited than many lakes in the area, but the route is marked on the map, and if you are willing to put up with a bit of inconvenience, this makes a nice day hike or overnight.
 
 
West Cady Ridge to Benchmark Mountain

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
14.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 5816.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
Climb through rich, old growth forest to miles of some of the finest ridge walking available in Washington, where alpine meadows and jaw-dropping views abound.
 
 
Trout Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
This is a hike up an old mining/logging road that follows beautiful Trout Creek up to the old Sundown Mine.
 
 
Tunnel Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Hike a steep trail to some high alpine lakes south of Highway 2.
 
 
Trap Pass

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Hike the Tunnel Creek Trail to a junction with the PCT that leads to Trap Pass, a small gap on the ridge of Thunder Mountain.
 
 
Easter Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
11.66 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 5326.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A summit scramble in the Central Cascades. Gear and expertise required.
 
 
Gunnshy Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Gain: 4295 ft.
Highest Point: 6218.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 
 
Kelley Creek via Martin Creek Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 3472.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
Start off with a bit of railroad history, then follow a trail into the Wild Sky Wilderness. Parallel Martin Creek on a bench above the waterway, winding upward through the forest to meet Kelley Creek and the old Kelley Creek trail. WTA helped construct the connector, designed to increase the connectivity of the trail system of the Iron Goat.
 
 
Red Mountain via Money Creek Road

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Highest Point: 5576.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
A scramble that requires climbing gear and route-finding experience.
 
 
Quartz Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Hike through shady forest, accompanied by the sound of Quartz Creek, little waterfalls, wildflowers and interesting things to see (and eat) on this trail.
 
 
Olney Falls

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
There is no public access to Olney Falls. Please refrain from visiting this area.