Deception Creek to Deception Lakes

Skykomish, Washington 98288

Deception Creek to Deception Lakes

Deception Creek to Deception Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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 Creek to Deception Lakes Reviews

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This is a beautiful trail through the forest with gentle hills up to the junction with the Ridge Trail. Views of a waterfall approx. 3.5 miles in. Trail enjoyment dissipated by huge amounts of algae in stream waters - and polluted (although clear) waters.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Overnight backpacking trip
Best early summer through late fall
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,100 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Scenic; Green Trails 176 (Stevens Pass)
Local Maps

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Jul 2018