Smithbrook Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, WA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Skykomish: Drive east on U.S. Hwy. 2 toward Stevens Pass summit. Drive 5 miles east of Stevens Pass summit. Turn north onto Smithbrook Road #6700. Continue to trailhead.
I left a review for Valhalla lake but this is what we actually did. It was neat knowing that we were on the PCT after recently reading the book "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.
Smithbrook Trail has hundreds of trees blocking the early sections up to the PCT, so it is tough going right now. But the PCT is clear and beautiful.
Smithbrook trail provides a shortcut to Lake Valhalla and the Pacific Crest Trail. 3.6 miles to the lake from here vs. 6 from Stevens pass. Small elevation gain, never very steep, it's a pleasant little walk.