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.

Length11.4 miElevation gain1,896 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Iryna Iryna Michelman
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Veronica Tanner
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SnowshoeingSnow

Did this as a snowshoe on November 29th. Beautiful day! The first few miles were packed down so spikes would’ve been sufficient, but after that snowshoes were definitely necessary. It’s easy to get a bit turned around as multiple snowshoe “boot packs” exist in places, so I highly recommend downloading the map beforehand so you don’t end up lost. We made it to the lake but didn’t go all the way down to it, as the powder was deep and no tracks from people prior to us were visible. There are a few avy prone areas, so definitely take that into consideration as snowfall continues!

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chris luyster
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Ice cut up my pups paws!!

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alicia johsen
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Beautiful hike. Snow covered parts of it. Muddy and slippery both on the way up and way down. Note: mileage is 12 miles to view the lake from the top.

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Tommy Krawczyk
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Scott Womack
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Lots of water and snow. Definitely need dry boots. Great hike just cold and windy at the lake. But worth the work

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Peri Hicks
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Easy to follow the sign from the parking lot to trailhead. So much snow but beautiful views and weather the whole way. The grade of the trail is very manageable, just a lot of extra work to hike on the snow. Hiking boots are a must! Full time took 6.5 hours.

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Tspoon D.
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This was one Of the most beautiful trails I’ve done. In large part due to the 8-12 inches of fresh snow. It was such a pillowy blanket just amazing. There are lots of creeks and stream crossings, and was increasingly wet and muddy on the way back but very passable. Takes awhile to get down to the lake once it’s in view. Follow the trail and signs will take you to the beach. We tried to start at the smithbrook trailhead which is half the length but couldn’t clear the lumpy snow at the turn onto the trailhead. If there was no snow this would be an easy trail, but with snow made it more moderate. We clocked 12.2 miles so keep that in mind. Micro spikes were very helpful I wouldn’t do it in its current state without. As the snow melts it will be very muddy. Waterproof boots would be Ideal. Enjoy!

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Lindsey Hesseltine
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Lindsay Veazey
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HikingFloodedSnow

This trail is super easy- not moderate. Peaceful and currently very puddle-y, but not slippery. Very easy grade and well maintained. You don’t get much from the ~doubled mileage adding the PCT here (vs. that other hike, the 6 mi option to Valhalla). But this is a good option if you’re concerned about the other trailhead parking being too full. Note that this is the trailhead that Google Maps guides you to!

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Elizabeth Hanna
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nate winsberg
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nice easy hike, def rewarding

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Justin Baxter
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Jessica Rademacher
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Patrick Farman
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Good trail conditions, some wet/muddy spots but easily avoided. Crowded at the lake but that's Saturday for you. Clean up your horse shit.

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White Jewels
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Muddy in places but lovely. Beautiful lake and though the hike up to the summit was tough, it was so worth it

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Chris McConnell
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Beautiful views. Hard hike up from lake Valhalla.

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Chris McConnell
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d.h. swartz
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d.h. swartz
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Rob .
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Jo Ann Henderson
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HikingGreat!

We hike today and it was amazing. No mosquitoes or bugs maybe because it rain last night. Awesome awesome. We feel like it was a short hike because it was easy and it never even feel like a 7mile hike. Highly recommended for beginners.

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Garrett Mann
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Very good hike, longer than what it says about 10 miles round trip, gets somewhat steep towards the top, make sure to bring bug spray the mosquitoes are terrible. A couple campground at the top and an open space about 2/3’s up where you could camp.

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Art Rosnovsky
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BackpackingBugs

Perfect day hike or an overnight at the lake. Mosquitoes are vicious, though.

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Jacqueline Dawson
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HikingBugs

The parking lot is right off the highway across from Stevens Pass Resort. The mosquitoes are miserable. 4 of us camped here for 2 nights and each of us had 50+ bites. We had 2 of the deet Backwoods sprays and we used up both, I am not sure it helped at all. Every time we left our tent we were swarmed, so we moved around as much as we could to help mitigate it. The bugs lighten up a little when it cools off at night, so sitting in one place for a while is doable. The lake is a little chilly, but definitely warm enough to go into, and it feels great on all the bug bites. It is possible to walk all the way around the lake, but the trail looses it's width quite a bit once you get to the side with the cliff. It was pretty crowded when we went Friday-Sunday so bring a mask. The stars are AMAZING, we saw 8 shooting stars in 30 min. I highly recommend going up to MT McClausland. The view of ValHalla is spectacular. It is short but steep. It is a beautiful hike but I give it 3 stars for backpacking because of the mosquitoes, the lack of solitude because of the amount of hikers that travel by your campsite, and the lack of good spots to place tents.

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