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Lake Valhalla Snowshoe

Central Cascades


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
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13.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.


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A popular summertime destination for many hikers and backpackers, Lake Valhalla also makes a rewarding advanced snowshoe route.

Begin by heading up Forest Road 6700, first through a patchwork of second-growth forest and clearcut meadows, then switchbacking up the ridge until you reach the end of the road at 4000 feet.

Traverse the hillside toward the head of Smith Brook Valley, crossing the Pacific Crest Trail, and into the Nason Creek valley, where you'll look down at beautiful Lake Valhalla below.

Continue around the lake basin at 4800 feet, and drop to the shore. Breezes sweep across the ruffled lake water from Stevens Pass, while Jove Peak, Lichtenberg Mountain, Valhalla Mountain, Nason Ridge, and Skyline Ridge soar above you.


Lake Valhalla Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.7847, -121.0343 Open map in new window


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

Lake Valhalla (#2000)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Snowshoe Routes: Washington (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails: Benchmark Mountain No. 144

Getting There

From Monroe, drive east on US Highway 2 to the summit of Stevens Pass and continue another 6 miles east to the Mill Creek exit. Make a U-turn at Mill Creek to turn onto westbound US 2. Continue for 1.4 miles; park in a narrow pullout before Smith Brook Road (Forest Road 6700).

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