Begin at Pacific Crest - Snoqualmie North Trailhead and follow the Pacific Crest Trail 2000 north into Alpine Lake Wilderness and reach a junction at 2.5 miles. Take the left fork (Commonwealth Basin Trail 1033). On the west side of Commonwealth Creek, the trail rises steeply, switch backing up a ridge. It levels out at Red Pond and then begins another series of switchbacks. About 0.5 mile above Red Pond the trail ends at Red Pass.

This is an excellent spot for a lofty lunch. Views are good in all directions - especially towards the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and Thompson Peak.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness Permits are required for day use and overnight trips in Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Permits are free and available on a self-issue basis at trailheads.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. The trail is closed to motorized vehicles, stock and bicycles. Dogs must be on a leash.
Closest Towns: North Bend, Washington
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Pacific Crest - Snoqualmie North Trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office at 425-888-1421.

General Information


Access from the Pacific Crest - Snoqualmie North Trailhead

From North Bend travel east on I-90 to exit #52. Turn north. Take the first immediate right into the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 parking lot. A stock loading lot is located to the left. The road continues straight to the general hiking access and parking lot.



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Day Hiking

Fire InformationUse established rings for campfires. No fires above 4000 feet.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult
Areas & Activities



  Area/Length : 
2.6 miiles

  Elevation : 
3000 feet - 5300 feet