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