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Lake Valhalla Trail via Route 2 is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.4 mi Elevation gain 1,896 ft Route type Out & Back

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Mira Vane
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Bugs

Very nice trail. Not too difficult as most of the inclination gain is gradual through the woods. Not too crowded early in the morning which is also nice. There were may be 6 people total at the lake when we got there, and we found our own spot to hang out. Lake itself while chilly was still great for a swim. Too many bugs around to just sit by the shore.

Peggy Dickinson
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Horseback ridingGreat!
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Jeffery Olson
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BackpackingBugsGreat!
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Britanee Lea Davis
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Bugs

I lost the lower section of my Black Diamond trekking pole somewhere within the first 3 miles of the trailhead. Was hoping to come across it after the hike but didn't. If someone picked it up I would be super greatful to get it back. Hike was great, lake too crowded. We first went up to Mt McCausland to sign the registry. Was steeper than I thought but glad we went. Myself, 11yo son, and dog made it. Came back down to the lake but didn't stay long as there were too many people. Lots of mosquitos and black flies. We have hiked to Valhalla before from the Smithbrook TH and preferred this route better. Was longer but way less people on the trail. My Garmin clocked us at 14.11 miles from TH to McCausland, to lake and back.

Aaron M.
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HikingBugs

A lot of mosquitoes in the first mile of the PCT so bring bug spray! Trail was surprisingly pretty flat most of the way to the lake with most elevation gain at least 3 miles in. Beautiful views and a nice beach to hang out for lunch. If you’re feeling up for it I highly recommend continuing up about a mile past the lake to the top of Mt McCausland. Truly amazing views of Valhalla and neighboring peaks on clear days there plus a box filled with trail journals that you can sign/leave a trinket in!

Daniela Zepeda
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HikingBugsGreat!
Thomas R.
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Hiking

Still seemed a little early in the season for a visit to Valhalla. The last mile was all snow and the lake is still mostly frozen. Only saw 2 other people. They were hiking the PCT north to south. They were headed all the way to Mexico. Stevens Pass Ski Area parking lot is open.

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Nathan Lake
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HikingSnow

The upper half of the PCT section between Route 2 and the Lake Valhalla remains totally snow-covered and makes finding the trail difficult without good nav skills, knowledge of the trail, or a GPS. The lower half is at least 75% snow-covered almost as soon as you leave the parking lot. Snow/ice bridges over many of the smaller seasonal creeks can be hazardous so be careful if you hear water running under the snow. On the positive side, hummingbirds are present during the first mile of the trail.

Nicole Luck
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Hiking

The road is baracaded by a massive snow dune. there is parking .2m east of 6700. Once you begin you'll be met by glistening streams and snow capped trees. It was a beautiful gentle climb up the forest service road. We didn't make it to the lake this time but enjoyed the hike. snowshoes or XC skiis needed.

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Anne Knapp
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Hiking

Because it is part of the PCT, the trail is in great shape. The lake is gorgeous. As the elevation map shows, all the elevation gain starts a few miles after you started the hike. There were several streams that provided the dogs with water on the way up. The fall colors were out and will continue to deepen in the next few weeks.

Victoria Wood
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Hiking

Kind of boring

Luciano Costa
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Hiking

Always a good time in the PCT

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Kelsey R
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HikingBugs

Would recommend for a dog friendly hike with beautiful views and a pretty lake to swim in! Trail was mostly shaded, few muddy spots, lots of flies.

Noelle Denisi
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Hiking

this was a beautiful hike! it can be easy to veer off to a different trail at one point if you aren’t paying attention to the signs. the lake was quiet and great places to sit and enjoy the view!

Spencer Oswald
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HikingBugs

Went up on Saturday with my toddler to spend the night. The trail was in good shape and only had a few muddy spots. You do have to cross two decent sized creeks but with waterproof shoes you should be fine. Although the trail was hard for me because I ended up carrying my 3 year old most of the way, under normal conditions this is a good moderately paced hike. Bugs were bad in certain sections but could have been worse.

Nicholas Stantz
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HikingBugsMuddy
Ryan Horne
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes in Washington. The hike is nice and the lake even more so.

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Bryan F.
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I made it about 3.5 miles in on the hike and the trail completely disappeared under the heavy snow. I chose to keep going about another half mile but the tree wells are crazy dangerous and I would definitely agree with the last post to wait a month if this nice weather keeps up. It was beautiful as always but cut short unless you have snowshoes and a very trusty GPS to guide you..

Michal Materna
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HikingMuddySnow

At the beginning you can hear the noise coming from the highway. We had to stop and turn back. There was too much of snow. So I would recommend wait one more month for all the snow to be melted. We'll definitely try again later this year.

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Talon Johnson
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Aaron White
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Hiking

Hiked out to the lake early before the crowd came. It's a pleasant one, with gradual incline not being too much of a problem once you clear the initial switchbacks near the trailhead. Descending to the lake is an unreal view and it's simply one of the most serene places I've ever been. Was SUPER crowded on the way out, so be warned it does get busy. Would definitely take away from the peaceful experience of having the lake mostly to yourself.

Milla Singh
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Good hike

Angel S.
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Hiking

Started at Smithbrook. Went a couple days ago and it is the perfect fall hike. Breathtaking fall foliage and diverse landscapes. Sun was out and it was warm but not hot.

Basharat Wani
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Amazing experience. Will visit again.

Neal Hershey
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Super fun, but busy hike. Parking was a mess and there was a lot of people. Beware of livestock as well (keep dogs on leash).

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