Lake Valhalla

Mill Creek, Washington

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According to Norse mythology, Valhalla is the beautiful home of heroes slain in battle. Fortunately for snowshoers, this Valhalla is no myth, and visiting it doesn’t require mortal combat. Lake Valhalla is a wondrous basin nestled alongside the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) just north of Stevens Pass. Tucked between Mount McCausland and Lichtenberg Mountain, the lake appears remote and isolated.
Snowshoe Routes: Washington

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Snowshoe Routes: Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

According to Norse mythology, Valhalla is the beautiful home of heroes
slain in battle. Fortunately for snowshoers, this Valhalla is no myth, and
visiting it doesn’t require mortal combat. Lake Valhalla is a wondrous basin
nestled alongside the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) just north of Stevens Pass.
Tucked between Mount McCausland and Lichtenberg Mountain, the lake
appears remote and isolated.

© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Mill Creek
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: December through early March
Local Contacts: Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails: Benchmark Mountain No. 144
Topo Map: Lake Valhalla Topographic Map
Guide Book: Snowshoe Routes: Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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1/1/2007

We only hiked the road portion, but it was an excellent day. The trail was well traveled on the lower portions, but by the time we reached the swithcbacks heading up to the end of the road, the tracks were all but covered. We met two skiers going the other way. They must have been 2 hours ahead of us, but the snow was falling so heavily that it looked like nobody had been on the trail for at least a day. Very quiet and peacful (No snowmobiles!). Around 3 hours round trip to the end of the road at a leisurely pace. I'll definitely go back and complete the trail.

11/27/2006

Went snowshoeing on Thanksgiving Day. It was snowing heavily and a bit cool, but it was a great day out. The trail was well described and the route was easy to follow. Even the plow drivers on the pass were in a festive spirit. They plowed out behind my truck so they didn't wall me in with a 3 foot high wall of snow.

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