Pacific Crest Trail - Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass

Skykomish, Washington

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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.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

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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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 68.4
Elevation Gain: 12,000 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best midsummer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,300 feet
Top Elevation: 6,100 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Stevens Pass, Scenic, Mount Daniel, Polallie Ridge, Chikamin Peak, Snoqualmie Pass; Green Trails 176 (Stevens Pass), 208 (Kachess Lake), 207 (Snoqualmie Pass)
Driving Directions: Directions to Pacific Crest Trail - Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass

Recent Trail Reviews

9/22/2007
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Hiked this with two friends in late September. We hiked north to south along the PCT. This was my first major multiday hike. I've hiked along the JMT, Glacier NP, Yosemite, Zion and the AT and this 70 mile A to B still ranks as one of the best. Lush forests with giant mushrooms, epic views of the range and of Rainier and Glacier Mt, huckleberry bush around every corner, and of course, pristine lakes dotting the entire journey. It is less travelled than a lot of other hikes perhaps because it is an A to B and not a nice and tidy loop hike. It is well worth the trip. Highlights being Spectacle Lake, Deep Lake and Cathedral Peak, the forest around Surprise Lake, and the giant bowl canyon near Snoqualmie.



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