Deception Pass Loop

Roslyn, Washington

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A loop hike connecting Deception Pass and Cathedral Pass, with several options. The Deception Pass Loop hike connects several trails in a 14.4-mile loop, a popular long day hike or a two- or three-day backpack. The hike can be made longer with side trips to the many lakes along the way, including Tuck and Robin Lakes, Marmot Lake, and Peggy’s Pond. The Deception Pass Loop hike connects several trails in a 14.4-mile loop, a popular long day hike or a two- or three-day backpack. The hike can be made longer with side trips to the many lakes along the way, including Tuck and Robin Lakes, Marmot Lake, and Peggy’s Pond. The loop is traditionally begun from the Deception Pass trailhead at the end of Cle Elum River Road. Register at the trailhead, then start hiking northward along the Cle Elum River bottom.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A loop hike connecting Deception Pass and Cathedral Pass, with several options. The Deception Pass Loop hike connects several trails in a 14.4-mile loop, a popular long day hike or a two- or three-day backpack. The hike can be made longer with side trips to the many lakes along the way, including Tuck and Robin Lakes, Marmot Lake, and Peggy’s Pond.

The Deception Pass Loop hike connects several trails in a 14.4-mile loop, a popular long day hike or a two- or three-day backpack. The hike can be made longer with side trips to the many lakes along the way, including Tuck and Robin Lakes,
Marmot Lake, and Peggy’s Pond. The loop is traditionally begun from the Deception Pass trailhead at the end of Cle Elum River Road. Register at the trailhead, then start hiking northward along the Cle Elum River bottom.

©  Jeff Smoot/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Roslyn
Distance: 14.4
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best late summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,400 feet
Top Elevation: 5,600 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Daniel; Green Trails 176 (Stevens Pass)
Driving Directions: Directions to Deception Pass Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

2/17/2006
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We did this trail, 2 adults and 3 girl scouts, beginning at Deception Pass Trailhead and ending at the Cathedral Pass Trailhead as a trip for beginning backpackers. The first day we hiked up to Deception Pass and camped in some spots just off the trail where we met up with the PCT. The hike was easy, even with some elevation gain, we made great time. There was a lovely lake there that provided a good water source as well as a nice place to relax. The second day was more of a challenge. The ford at Daniels Creek was not bad due to last year's dry winter and it being later on in the season. The climb to Cathedral Pass was tough, but beautiful. We camped that night at Squaw Lake and hiked out in the morning. There were TONS of blueberries along Deception Pass trail.


7/29/2005
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We did the loop in reverse (Tudquala Trailhead to Cathedral Rock to Deception Pass to Hyas Lake) as a 2-night backpacking trip with 8 Boy Scouts and 2 adults. Trail conditions were excellent. Our plan was to camp the first night at Pegy's Pond. We turned back about 0.5 mi toward the pond on the unmaintained trail: it was too difficult for 13-15 year-old boys with full backpacks. Instead we camped in the meadow below Cathedral Rock (intersection of Cathedral Rock trail and PCT). The river crossing the second day between Cathedral Rock and Deception Pass wasn't particularly difficult, but would have been a little challenging earlier in the season when the water-flow was higher. We camped the second night at Little Hyas Lake and hiked out the following morning.



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