Pacific Crest - Stevens Pass North Trailhead

This heavily-used trailhead provides access to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (Stevens Pass N.) and Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (Stevens Pass S.). There is a daily fee per vehicle parked at the trailhead, and approved recreation passes may be accepted as payment.

From Stevens Pass heading north the Pacific Crest Trail traverses popular Henry M. Jackson and Glacier Peak Wildernesses before entering the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park, and Pasayten Wilderness. The prime attraction here is Glacier Peak, and the rugged, roller coaster, switch-backing route around it offers a memorable experience to trail users.

See Pacific Crest Trail 2000 Stevens Pass N on Mount- Baker Snoqualmia National Forest website.

Also visit the US Forest Service Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail website for more information and maps.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Visitors are asked to sign the trailhead register.
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA, Skykomish, WA
Passes: No pass required at trailhead.
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General Information


From Leavenworth, WA, head southwest on US-2 West for about 35 miles to Stevens Pass. The trail begins at the Stevens Pass Trailhead located on the north side of US-2 at Stevens Pass Ski Area. ----- (The Pacific Crest Trail from Stevens Pass to White Pass - south of Glacier Peak - is 37 miles. This section of the trail may also be accessed from Smithbrook Trail #1590, Top Lake Trail #1506, Little Wenatchee Trail #1525, Cady Creek Trail #1501, Cady Ridge Trail #1532, White River Trail #1507, and Indian Creek Trail #1502.)

General Notes:

Green Trails Map - #176 Stevens Pass/#144 Benchmark Mtn./#112 Glacier Peak

USGS Map - Stevens Pass/Labyrinth Mountain/Captain Point/Benchmark Mountain/Poe Mountain/Glacier Peak East/Glacier Peak West, WA

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Enjoyable day hikes can be made on the PCT from the Pacific Crest Trail Trailhead at Stevens Pass, the Smithbrook Trailhead, the Top Lake Trailhead, and the Little Wenatchee Trailhead.

Lake Vahalla, Lake Janus, Top Lake, and Meander Meadows are all popular destinations for day hikers.

Fees: No fee. Recreation Pass required at some trailheads.
Permit: No permit required.  Self register at trailheads.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Many tent sites are located along the trail. Please use existing sites and do not camp on vegetation or restoration sites.  No campfires at Lake Vahalla, Lake Sally Ann or White Pass.

Fees: No fee for camping. Recreation Pass required at some trailheads.
Permit: No permit required.  Self register at trailheads.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

Multiple sites suitible for horses exist along the length of the trail.

Fees: No fee for horse use. Recreation Pass reqired at some trailheads.
Permit: No permit required.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
37 miles

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  Elevation : 
4000' - 6000'