Head south on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail from Stevens Pass by climbing steadily through the ski area to the ridgeline at 5,160 feet and then dropping east to the power line clear-cut. At 4.3 miles from the trailhead arrive at Lake Susan Jane, the first of many lakes. The trail intersects Icicle Creek Trail 1551 in about half a mile, with a view of Josephine Lake below. Go past Mig Lake in 3.5 miles to the intersection of Tunnel Creek Trail 1061 at Hope Lake. Continue 5.7 miles past Trap Lake, cross over Trap Pass at 5,800 feet to a junction with spur trail 1060.1 to Surprise Lake.
Continue 1.3 miles for a view of Surprise Lake below and the trail intersects with the end of Surprise Creek Trail 1060. Head back south past Glacier Lake, climb around Surprise Mountain over Pieper Pass and drop down to Deception Lakes within a span of 4.2 miles. Deception Lakes is your best bet for good fishing. In another 0.4 miles, come to the junction with spur trail 1059.2 that leads to Deception Creek Trail 1059.
After a final three miles to Deception Pass, the PCT leaves the Skykomish Ranger District of Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and enters Cle Elum Ranger District of the Wenatchee National Forest. The trail intersects here with three others: the end of Deception Creek 1059, Lake Clarice Trail 1066, and Deception Pass Trail 1376. The PCT remains in Alpine Lakes Wilderness the entire distance to Snoqualmie Pass and wilderness regulations apply.
At a Glance
||Alpine Lakes Wilderness self-issue permit is required for day and overnight use, obtained at the trailheads from May 15 to October 31.
||Summer / Fall
||The Pacific Crest Tail enters multiple wilderness areas where wilderness regulations apply.
The trail is closed to motorized vehicles and bicycles.
Maximum group size is 12, people and stock combined.
Camp in established campsites.
||A valid Recreation Pass required at Pacific Crest - Stevens North Trailhead.
||Check current conditions or call Skykomish Ranger District office at 360-677-2414.
Drive US Highway 2 to the summit of Stevens Pass, at milepost 65. Turn south into Stevens Pass resort’s parking area (Lot A), head uphill and make an immediate left on the next parking level (you will pass a public toilet at the entrance of this lot). The trailhead is a short distance down, on the right side of the lot.
Contact the ranger station for current trail conditions for stock.
Skykomish Ranger District
Snoqualmie Ranger District
Green Trails #176