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Lake Valhalla Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 1,358 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Fishing

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Skiing

Snowshoeing

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Forest

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Wild flowers

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Amaris Cazares
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HikingMuddy

Awesome hike! This hike is definitely what I consider as “moderate.” My watch clocked the whole round trip from the parking lot to the small beach by the lake at 6.6 miles. It took 2 hours and 44 minutes to get up and down, but with breaks I would say 3 hours. The road to the trailhead is very well maintained. It’s a gravel road with very few potholes. A high clearance car is not necessary for this. When we went it was slightly rainy, so the trail was somewhat muddy coming back but it wasn’t bad. Some bugs, so definitely wear bug spray and long sleeves! The switchbacks are definitely the worse part of the hike and only last about a mile, then it’s smooth sailing.

Angela Hernandez
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Beautiful tral, a good amount of switch backs right st the beginning then come to the top where you will turn left to go to lake Valhalla (while being on the PCT). The whole trail is beautiful and the reward of Lake Valhalla at the end is amazing! bring your lunch and swim clothes, dont forget your bug spray the mosquitos are relentless!

Abraham Toner
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Hiking

Great hike. There’s mini segments with a slope but for the most part it’s fairly flat. You can hardly tell you’re going up a hill. Amazing views at the top.

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daniel van buren
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Hiking

amazing

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Stephanie Bloch
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HikingGreat!

Gravel trail for 2 miles to the trailhead but manageable for all vehicles. Easy to moderate hike and a bit muddy down to the lake but plenty of areas to spread out and enjoy the view. When you get down to the open meadow stay left to head down to the lake. If you stay on the regular trail you’ll start heading up again as you can continue this trail up to Mount McCausland.

Emily O'Connell
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HikingBugs
Chloe Crull
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HikingBugs

The road to this trail head is 2 miles of gravel and definitely manageable in a small car...just take it slow. I found this trail to be very easy. Not a lot of people there on a Saturday which was nice! It was a pleasant hike overall. The bugs are pretty aggressive so bring bug spray :)

Daniel Richmond
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Amy V.
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Joseph Cox
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Hiking

Super fun and easy. Beautiful lake. We found a pocket knife on the trail. Willing to deliver it back to the owner if you can give me good description! Looking forward to next time.

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Walter Hansen
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Kelly Hoeft
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great hike. amazing view. there was still some snow (not much) and maneuverable even in tennis shoes.

Denise M
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddySnow

This trail has lots of snow still and places were a bit dicey. Had to follow footsteps in snow when trail covered. Lake was beautiful

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Chris Vanek
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HikingSnow

great some snow but easy to make it through, push onward up to mccausland peak great views

Kevin Goepp
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Adele Olsen
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went to valhalla today. lake 90% unfrozen. the trail on the other hand after the switch backs from smith brook trailhead gets a little harry at times. still under alot of snow. i had trekking poles and yaktracks and still slip sliding around. lost the trail at one point but figured it out with offline gps. saw alot of foot traffic on the way back out. i make this trek every year. and love this lake.

Raysa Machado
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Bridget B
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HikingSnow

as of 6/26 trail is completely snow covered after the switchbacks. finding the trail is very difficult in some sections, especially when rejoining the smith brook trail from the PCT on the descent

Seattle Wayne
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Allow me to start out by saying that getting to Lake Valhalla is achievable. Many recent trip reports are stating that they had to turn around- and yes, many times I felt like turning around too. More on that later. I'll start from the beginning. The road leading up to the trailhead is in fine condition. There are some potholes but being that I was driving in the ol' Dodge Ram, 4x4, I didn't need to slow down for any of them. Once off the road and onto the trail, minor snowfields are already present but are quickly melting out. So you won't have any trouble for the first mile. Once you reach Union Gap, it is another story. The snow line starts just passed Union Gap and it doesn't let up until you reach the lake. You'll need sturdy, water-proof boots to contend with the muddy switchbacks. And when I say muddy, I mean m-u-d-d-y. If you go the distance on this hike, your pants will look like you spent the day rolling around in a mud puddle. The second thing you'll need is a solid combination of trekking poles and some micro spikes or yaktrax. Whatever you prefer. I didn't dawn my spikes until I got to the lake but I certainly wore them heading back. I have a pair of very aggressive, water-proof boots that grip very well on snow and ice and do well in mud and stream crossings. So my feet survived the hike. I saw others hiking in trail runners and some off-brand hiking boots, (and those folks turned back). The last, (and most important) thing you'll need is a good sense for finding the trail, a compass, GPS, your phone with a downloadable map or all of the above. There is a section beyond Union Gap, (about a half mile from the lake) that gets kind of dicey with melting snow bridges, deep tree wells with the danger of post-holing and the ever looming threat of losing the trail. There are sections of snowfields that are challenging to navigate because the section you're walking on is very thin, and the steep slope is off to your left so there is a present danger of sliding off the snowfield. If you can self-arrest, you'll be fine. Once at the lake, it was cold. I ran into a party of three who were very well dressed for the cold, were wearing spikes and looked like they could handle themselves. So rest assure, it is doable. It'll take a little sense of adventure to get to the lake. It was a great hike and I totally recommend it even with all the snow. Or if you want to wait for all the snow to melt, well, my guess is it'll all be gone by August.

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