Deception Creek Trail 1059


Explore lush moss-covered forest and vivid fall colors in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and access the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The first five miles gradually ascends the valley following Deception Creek where you can find established campsites at the 2-, 3- and 5-mile marks.

Reach spur trail #1059.1 in 4.8 miles connecting to Tonga Ridge Trail 1058 and spur trail #1059.2 in another 2.5 miles, which connects to Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 2000 for a route to Deception Lakes north of the junction. The remaining three miles continue south and climb through sub-alpine meadows to intersect with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail at Deception Pass.

Two trails that intersect at this point are Lake Clarice Trail 1066, leading to Lake Clarice and Marmot Lake in Skykomish Ranger District, and Deception Pass Trail 1376, leading to Little Hyas Lake and Hyas Lake in the Cle Elum Ranger District.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: An Alpine Lakes Wilderness self-issue permit is required for day and overnight use, obtained at the trailhead from May 15 to October 31.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer / Fall
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply.
  • The trail is hiker only.
  • Maximum group size is 12 people.
  • Camp in established campsites.
  • Campfires not permited above 4,000 feet.
Closest Towns: Skykomish, Washington
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Skykomish Ranger District office at 360-677-2414.

General Information


From Skykomish, WA drive US Highway 2 about 8 miles east to mile marker 56.6. Turn south onto Deception Creek Road (Forest Service Road #6088). Continue for one mile to Deception Creek Trailhead.

General Notes:

Map: Green Trails #176 (Stevens Pass)


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10.3 miles one way

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2,000 feet - 4,500 feet