Mount McCausland Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Starting at the Smithbrook trailhead, you arrive at a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at 1.1 mile with 600 feet elevation gain. Turn left (southbound) on the PCT on a relatively flat section. 2.6 miles from the trailhead youll find a turn-off for Mt. McCausland on your right. The trail is unmarked. If you see Lake Valhalla on your left, you have gone too far. The trail to Mount McCausland start out gentle but the middle section is very steep. You gain 650 feet in about half a mile. There is a summit register in a steel box at a rock outcropping. You need to scramble to reach there.
Saturday 8-15-2015: My wife and I joined our hiking group to hike to Mount McCausland. The weather was cloudy and cool. The trail up to the mountain was very steep. Due to cloudy weather we had limited views.