The Cathedral Pass Trail begins at Forest Service Road 4330 and ends at Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000. Trail accesses the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. This is a major access route to abundant backpacking destinations in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
SETTING: River valley, old-growth forest, lake, meadows, ridgetop.
The trail climbs a series of switchbacks through old growth forest to Squaw lake, through subalpine meadows, along ponds, and finally to great views at Cathedral Pass. The trail meets the Trail Creek Trail #1322 at the two mile point, and the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 in a little more than four miles. Continue uphill on the PCT 1/4 mile to Cathedral Pass.
At a Glance
$5/Vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass required at trailhead.
||Self-issue Alpine Lakes Wilderness Permit required for travel in ALW and available at Trailhead.
||summer - fall
||Mountain bike and motorized use prohibited. All other Alpine Lakes Wilderness regulations apply. Read bulletin board.
||$5/Vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass required at trailhead.
Facilities include parking, toilet, and a few campsites.
From Cle Elum and/or Roslyn, take state highway 903 north to Salmon La Sac and then take a right on Fish Lake Road 4330. Follow the road up-valley to its end. The Cathedral Pass trailhead is to the left.