A segment of the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass, through the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Very few hikers cover the entire 2,000-mile length of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Mexico to Canada. Of those who do, most do the trail in sections, hiking a few hundred miles one summer and so on until they have completed all or most of the trail. Likewise, few hikers cover the entire Washington section of the PCT in one go; more often they hike it in sections, from major highway to major highway, 60 miles here, 100 miles there.
One of the most popular sections of the PCT traverses the Alpine Lakes Wilderness between Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes. This 68-mile hike takes between four and seven days for most hikers. A majority of hikers do this hike from north to south, starting at Stevens Pass and hiking to Snoqualmie Pass, to avoid an extra 1,000 feet of elevation gained when hiking south to north. Some follow the PCT faithfully, never straying far from this “superhighway” of Washington trails. However, there are many side trails and route variations leading to lakes, scenic meadows, and other points of interest all along the way.
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