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Lake Valhalla

Intermediate
 4.2 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful forested hike up to a peaceful mountain lake.


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6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

Out and Back

5,086' 1,550 m

High

3,992' 1,217 m

Low

1,367' 417 m

Up

1,367' 417 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

At just over 6 miles in length, this out-and-back hike has a moderate climb up to the peaceful setting of Valhalla Lake. Pack a lunch or snack to enjoy at the lake before retracing your steps back to the trailhead.

Description

This forested, moderately technical singletrack takes you through some classic PNW scenery to end at a mountain lake.

Start your moderate climb from the parking lot, hitting a number of switchbacks. After about 1 mile, you'll meet up with the PCT— take a left and continue along the PCT. The grade gets a little easier as you traverse through a variety of heavy forest and exposed portions. You'll get sneak peak views at the surrounding mountains as you make your way along.

A little over 2 miles in, you'll come across an intersection marked with a cairn—continue along the flatter path to get to the lake (turning up the hill to the right will take you to a fading trail with views of the lake and mountains). The trail will soon start to head down in elevation, and you'll start to see the lake over the edge of the trail.

Stay left (follow the signs!) to reach the lake, where several rocky outcrops make good rest points, or you can stop along the sandy beach to take in the view. When you've had your fill, turn back the way you came, or continue along the PCT.

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Robyn Pepin

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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Photos

A meadow near Lake Valhalla, covered with huckleberry bushes in full fall color
Nov 9, 2018 near Skykomish, WA
Lichtenberg Mountain
Nov 9, 2018 near Skykomish, WA
Lichtenberg Mountain and initial view of the lake
Nov 9, 2018 near Skykomish, WA
Cadence enjoying a splash in Lake Valhalla
Aug 22, 2018 near Skykomish, WA

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Oct 13, 2019
Rachel Dier
Oct 13, 2019
Shawn Dier
Went to climb Litchenburg mountain and ended up bailing due to not being able to find route.
Oct 6, 2019
Ellie Sveum
Sep 2, 2019
Joey Altchech
Aug 11, 2019
J J
Aug 9, 2019
Dan Hanus
hiking up on stevens pass...
Jul 4, 2019
Sarah Shafer
Low risk, high reward! We couldn't find the split of for Mount McCausland but the lake was gorgeous! Would love to come back and camp 7mi
Jul 18, 2018
Jesse Klug