Deception Creek to Deception Lakes

Skykomish, Washington

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A long, mostly lonesome hike up Deception Creek to Deception Lakes. Deception Creek flows northward from Deception Pass, cascading some 10 miles down a quiet wilderness valley into the Tye River just west of Stevens Pass. Deception Creek is probably best known by one of its waterfalls, Deception Falls, which splashes down a rocky gorge directly beside U.S. Highway 2.The falls is one of the scenic highlights of this creek, but hikers who follow the trail up Deception Creek aren’t the kind who come looking for pretty scenery. This is a quiet, moderately strenuous forest hike up a seldom-traveled trail, a hike for hiking’s sake, not at all for casual hikers. The first 4.5 miles of Deception Creek Trail are among the least traveled in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This part of the trail has a reputation for isolation and difficulty, which is sometimes well founded.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A long, mostly lonesome hike up Deception Creek to Deception Lakes. Deception Creek flows northward from Deception Pass, cascading some 10 miles down a quiet wilderness valley into the Tye River just west of Stevens Pass. Deception Creek is probably best known by one of its waterfalls, Deception Falls, which splashes down a rocky gorge directly beside U.S. Highway 2.The falls is one of the scenic highlights of this creek, but hikers who follow the trail up Deception Creek aren’t the kind who come looking for pretty scenery.

This is a quiet, moderately strenuous forest hike up a seldom-traveled trail, a hike for hiking’s sake, not at all for casual hikers. The first 4.5 miles of Deception Creek Trail are among the least traveled in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This part of the trail has a reputation for isolation and difficulty, which is sometimes well founded.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 3,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best early summer through late fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,100 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Scenic; Green Trails 176 (Stevens Pass)
Driving Directions: Directions to Deception Creek to Deception Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2009
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This is a beautiful trail through the forest with gentle hills up to the junction with the Ridge Trail. Views of a waterfall approx. 3.5 miles in. Trail enjoyment dissipated by huge amounts of algae in stream waters - and polluted (although clear) waters.



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