Pacific Crest Trail

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, Washington

Elevation Gain17,288ft
Trailhead Elevation4,432ft
Elevation Min/Max3190/5992ft
Elevation Start/End4432/4434ft

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail is a hiking and horse trail in King County and Kittitas County, Washington. It is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. It is 21.2 miles long and begins at 4,432 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 43.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 17,288 feet. This trail connects with the following: Bumblebee Pass Trail, Ridge Lake Camp Trail, Alaska Mountain Trail, Spectacle Lake Trail and Lemah Medow Trail.

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Jeff Smoot
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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."

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Trail Information

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Stevens Pass, Scenic, Mount Daniel, Polallie Ridge, Chikamin Peak, Snoqualmie Pass; Green Trails 176 (Stevens Pass), 208 (Kachess Lake), 207 (Snoqualmie Pass)
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