Views of Cascades as well as great views of Lake Valhalla and Lichtenwasser Lake.

Activity: Hiking
Nearest Town: Stevens Pass
Skill Level: 2
Fitness Level: 2
Distance: About 5 miles roundtrip
Elevation: Gain: about 1000 ft

Access: Follow Highway 2 to about 0.6 mile before milepost 68 and turn onto Smithbrook Road #6700. Continue on the gravel road for another 3.1 miles to the Smithbrook trailhead on the left side of the road.

Trip Instructions: Take the Smithbrook Trail 0.9 mile until you reach the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Turn left onto the PCT and continue along this trail. 1.7 miles from the junction, you will reach a ridge with views of Lake Valhalla. In another 0.3 mile you will reach another junction (PCT continues straight, right spur heads to a horse camp, and left takes you to the lake). Take an unmaintained and overgrown trail 0.5 miles along the west shore of the lake. Pass a small campsite and cross the creek, following the south slope for 0.7 mile until you reach a gully. Climb this gully to the ridge, where you will find views of Lichtenwasser Lake. Heading toward the summit, turn left (west) on the ridge and climb another 0.2 mile to the east summit. To reach the west summit, continue another 0.2 mile.

Fees/Permits: Northwest Forest Pass required.

Additional Information: This report was compiled from the information provided by in August 2001. To read the original report, see more pictures, and look at a map of the trail, click here. Driving directions from this report are from the West side.

Leave It Better Than You Found It
. This should be every outdoor user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull some noxious weeds along your route, throw branches over unwanted spur trails, don’t ride or walk wet trails when you’re leaving ruts/footprints deeper than ¼ inch…

Disclaimer. Treat this information as recommendations, not gospel. Conditions change, and those contributing these reports are volunteers–they may make mistakes or may not know all the issues affecting a route. You are still completely responsible for your decisions, your actions, and your safety. If you can’t live with that, you are prohibited from using our information.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Related Posts

One Response

  1. Jerald Christopher Baillie Jr

    The 5.0 mileage Round Trip and 1000 elevation gain are way off.

    One Way miles from the description: 0.9 + 1.7 + 0.3 + 0.5 + 0.7 + 0.2 + 0.2 => 4.5

    Elevation at Trailhead 3800 ft. Summit is at 5844 ft. => Net is 2044 feet


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Like WenOut? Subscribe Now!

Get hand-picked trail guide posts, events, and more delivered to your inbox.