Deception Pass Trail

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

Distance4.1mi
Elevation Gain1,495ft
Trailhead Elevation3,397ft
Top4,225ft
Elevation Min/Max3397/4225ft
Elevation Start/End3397/3397ft

Deception Pass Trail

Deception Pass Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Kittitas County, Washington. It is within Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 3,397 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,495 feet. The Tucquala Meadows Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Tuck and Robin Lakes Trail.

Deception Pass Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A loop hike connecting Deception Pass and Cathedral Pass, with several options. The Deception Pass Loop hike connects several trails in a 14.4-mile loop, a popular long day hike or a two- or three-day backpack. The hike can be made longer with side trips to the many lakes along the way, including Tuck and Robin Lakes, Marmot Lake, and Peggy’s Pond.

The Deception Pass Loop hike connects several trails in a 14.4-mile loop, a popular long day hike or a two- or three-day backpack. The hike can be made longer with side trips to the many lakes along the way, including Tuck and Robin Lakes,
Marmot Lake, and Peggy’s Pond. The loop is traditionally begun from the Deception Pass trailhead at the end of Cle Elum River Road. Register at the trailhead, then start hiking northward along the Cle Elum River bottom."

"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."

Deception Pass Trail Reviews

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2/17/2006
We did this trail, 2 adults and 3 girl scouts, beginning at Deception Pass Trailhead and ending at the Cathedral Pass Trailhead as a trip for beginning backpackers. The first day we hiked up to Deception Pass and camped in some spots just off the trail where we met up with the PCT. The hike was easy, even with some elevation gain, we made great time. There was a lovely lake there that provided a good water source as well as a nice place to relax. The second day was more of a challenge. The ford at Daniels Creek was not bad due to last year's dry winter and it being later on in the season. The climb to Cathedral Pass was tough, but beautiful. We camped that night at Squaw Lake and hiked out in the morning. There were TONS of blueberries along Deception Pass trail.
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7/29/2005
We did the loop in reverse (Tudquala Trailhead to Cathedral Rock to Deception Pass to Hyas Lake) as a 2-night backpacking trip with 8 Boy Scouts and 2 adults. Trail conditions were excellent. Our plan was to camp the first night at Pegy's Pond. We turned back about 0.5 mi toward the pond on the unmaintained trail: it was too difficult for 13-15 year-old boys with full backpacks. Instead we camped in the meadow below Cathedral Rock (intersection of Cathedral Rock trail and PCT). The river crossing the second day between Cathedral Rock and Deception Pass wasn't particularly difficult, but would have been a little challenging earlier in the season when the water-flow was higher. We camped the second night at Little Hyas Lake and hiked out the following morning.
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Trail Information

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Nearby City
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Scenic; Green Trails 176 (Stevens Pass)
Local Maps

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Nov 2018