Deception Pass Trail #1376

The Deception Pass Trail begins at Tuquala Meadows on Forest Service Road 4330 and climbs north to join the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 within Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

From the trailhead, trail follows a gentle uphill grade through meadows, forest, and across several creeks 1.8 miles to Hyas Lake. The trail continues along the eastern lakeshore and maintains a gentle grade for 1.6 miles until, past Upper Hyas Lake, it begins climbing up the mountainside. Near the 4-mile point is the junction with the Robin Lakes Trail 1376.1. After a 0.5 mile of switchbacks, the trail continues climbing through an area of swamps, small meadows, and trees for about a mile up to its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at Deception Pass. Water is available at spots along the trail for most of its length.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: June - October
Fees: $5/vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass, or Federal Interagency Recreation Pass required.
Permit Info: Wilderness Permit required for entry into Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Self-issue at trailhead bulletin board.
Open Season: Summer - Fall
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum, Roslyn

General Information


From Cle Elum, WA take Highway 903 north for 19 miles to Salmon La Sac then veer right on Forest Road 4330 for about 11 miles to the trailhead. The Tucquala Meadows Trailhead is at the end of the road.


Facilities include parking and a toilet.


Day Hiking

Options exist from a short 2.5 mile dayhike to Hyas Lake, to the ambitious loop through Deception Pass and Cathedral Pass and back to the trailhead, to many places in between.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult


This is a major access route to abundant backpacking destinations in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Horse Riding


A day ride to Deception Pass is moderate length and challenge with good graded and maintained trail. 

Opportunities for horsepacking exist in several directions.  hyas Lake is short but camps exist.  Remember no grazing or tethering stock within 200 feet of lake.  Camps are also found at Deception Lakes and Cliff Tree basin. Camp in existing well used horsecamps.  Overnight hitching directly to trees is prohibited.  Use highline, pickets, or electric fencing.  Pack processed (pellets) feed.  

Campfires prohibited above 4000 feet west of Deception Pass.

Best Season: summer
Difficulty Level: Moderate