Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (Stevens Pass South)


The Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (Stevens Pass South) is 22.1 miles long, very heavily-trafficked, and is primarily used by hikers, although stock users are common as well.  The trail begins at the Pacific Crest-Stevens Pass South Trailhead, and climbs steadily for about 2 miles through the ski area to the ridgeline at 5,160 feet, where there are incredible views of the canyon below and hundreds of peaks around you.  The trail then drops east to the power line clear-cut, entering the Alpine Lakes Wilderness about 3 miles from the trailhead.  At 4.3 miles from the trailhead, the trail passes Lake Susan Jane (where there are a couple small campsites), then intersects Icicle Creek Trail #1551 after another 0.5 miles, and there is a lovely view of Josephine Lake below.   A short detour down to Josephine Lake offers some clear, well-established campsites.  The PCT continues for another 3.5 miles, passing Mig Lake, to the junction with Tunnel Creek Trail #1061 at Hope Lake, where there are more clear campsites.  The trail continues to wind for 5.7 miles, through dense forest, and across some boulder slopes.  It passes Trap Lake, then climbs over Trap Pass at 5,800 feet, to a junction with spur trail #1060.1, which leads to Surprise Lake. The PCT continues for 1.3 miles, offering a view of Surprise Lake below, and the trail intersects with the end of Surprise Creek Trail #1060.  The trail turns back south past Glacier Lake, climbs around Surprise Mountain over Pieper Pass, and drops down to Deception Lakes within a span of 4.2 miles. Deception Lakes is good for fishing, and has some well-established campsites.  After 0.4 miles, the trail comes to a junction with spur trail #1059.2, which leads to Deception Creek Trail #1059. The trail climbs for 3 miles to Deception Pass, and then leaves the Skykomish Ranger District of Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and enters Cle Elum Ranger District of the Wenatchee National Forest.  The trail intersects here with three others: Deception Creek Trail #1059, Lake Clarice Trail #1066, and Deception Pass Trail #1376.  The PCT remains in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness the entire distance to Snoqualmie Pass, and wilderness regulations apply.

See Pacific Crest Trail Stevens Pass South page on Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF website

At a Glance

Current Conditions: See Current conditions information 
Permit Info: Alpine Lake Wilderness permit required.  These are self-issuing at the trailhead.
Restrictions: Wilderness Trail: Non-motorized, no bicycles. Campfires prohibited above 4000' West of the Cascade Crest and above 5000' East of the Cascade Crest, and at Lake Susan Jane, Swimming Deer Lake, Mig Lake, and Hope Lake.  Maximum group size is twelve (total number of people and stock). Use certified weed-free or commercially processed stock feed only.
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA and Skykomish, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Steven's Pass Trailhead.

General Information


The trail begins at the Pacific Crest-Stevens Pass South Trailhead, which is on the same side of US-2 as Stevens Pass Resort, about 35 miles west of Leavenworth, WA.

General Notes:

Green Trails Map - #176 Stevens Pass

USGS Map - Stevens Pass/Scenic, WA

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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