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5 Hikes
Glasses Lake

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4682.0 ft.
Average rating:
(0 votes)
This is a beautiful small lake tucked immediately under Grizzly Peak and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Where Heather Lake is often shared with a number of hiking and camping groups, you are pretty much assured to have lunch by yourself at Glasses. Only a half a dozen trip reports have been filed in the last decade, this is a good predictor of solitude.
Lake Valhalla

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Average rating:
(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.
117.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 26351 ft.
Highest Point: 6600.0 ft.
Average rating:
(8 votes)
By far the most difficult stretch of PCT in Washington, Section K puts hikers through a grueling 127-mile trek over harsh terrain and treacherous conditions. Yet those intrepid enough to attempt it are rewarded with a true wilderness experience in and among some of the country's most pristine and beautiful surroundings.
Indian Creek

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

11.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Average rating:
(7 votes)
Beautiful mixed forests surround you as saunter up Indian Creek towards the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Surrounded by peaks on all sides, this crucial connector to the PCT in the ultra-rugged Glacier Peak Wilderness requires keen navigation skills (and a strong sense of adventure) as years of overgrown brush make this trail difficult to follow.
Heather Lake (near Lake Wenatchee)

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 3950.0 ft.
Average rating:
(14 votes)
Heather Lake is a moderate day hike to an attractive lake just below the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), particularly good for families. There are huckleberries in season and a dive into the lake will refresh hikers in the warmth of August.