Mount McCausland Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.3 miElevation gain1,758 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Starting at the Smithbrook trailhead, you arrive at a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at 1.1 miles. 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.

No permit is required at the parking lot. No toilet at the trailhead.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District 600 Sherbourne Leavenworth, WA 98826 (509) 548-2550

From Seattle Take SR-522 north to Monroe and take US-2 east. Four miles after Stevens pass, the highway divides. Look for signs for FR 6700, and a few hundred yards after the highway divided, take a left turn onto FR 6700 (Smithbrook Road). Drive 2.8 miles on FR 6700 to reach the parking lot.

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Benjamin Oclaray
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12/27/2020. Just writing this to say that the trail is closed. Up by Steven's Pass they were doing avalanche control. Headed back to Index for a hike there.

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Kate W
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Gorgeous!! Such a beautiful day to go to Mount McCausland. The forest road leading to the trailhead was clear. Easy parking today. Hiked with our 3 boys (ages 8-14) and our lab. All did great. Needed spikes about 1.5 miles in. Snowy/icy and so cold. The sun helped at times and definitely made a muddy mess of the trail in places. But this hike is worth it. The ascent to the summit is super steep and a combo of snow/slush/ice. Spikes and poles are necessary (at least for us). The views from the top are beautiful!

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Lindsey Hesseltine
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The road was clear and in pretty good shape yet. The trail itself was pretty clear and albeit a little icy from compacted snow. I would recommended microspikes for safety. it was a beautiful day for a nice hike up to the lake. That last half mile up to McCausland is a stair stepper but worth it for a view of the lake below and to the North Cascades as well if you don't mind a tight scramble at the very end of the trail.

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Karyn S.
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Thursday, 10/15 The trail starts out very muddy with patches of snow, and then about a mile in, is completely snow covered. To get to Mount McClausland, you need to veer RIGHT from the trail up the side, which is unmarked and isn’t really a trail. It’s across from a wide field to your left. If you see the lake, you’ve gone too far. The snow is already pretty deep, very steep and slippery. *No toilet at trailhead *Tips: bring micro spikes and gators for sure!

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Lynne Holiga
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Great trail with great views at the top! Hiked on Tuesday and lots of wild blueberries!

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Joseph Long
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Chris P
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10/06/2020: Beautiful day for a hike. There was only one other person at the peak and only one other person at Lake Valhalla because I left the trailhead just after sunrise. I did encounter big crowds headed up while I was going down so I really appreciate the solitude I had. Smith Brook Trail and the PCT are in great shape with easy inclines. The trail between PCT and Mt. McCausland was a different story. Very steep and hard to follow, making for a fun challenge. Beautiful fall color and great views from the top.

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Marnie Silbergeld
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Gorgeous fall day!

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Jessie Cooper
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Awesome! Steep at the top. Easy to access trail head.

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Brenna Gammell
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Brandon Wilson
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Jenae Irwin
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Mike McGuire
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Valhalla is a cruiser once you hit the PCT.

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Ward Brown
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Jennifer Simpson
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Kat Netzler
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All Trails kept quitting. Also I picked berries the whole time so timing was pointless.

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Steven Yee
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All socked in with limited views but still a great hike

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Kayla Ondracek
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Jamie Tradlener
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The trail was nice, we got there before 9 and didn't have trouble parking but it was very packed when we came out at 1:00. The last half mile maybe more is a scramble or very steep & once at the top the trail isn't very well marked to get around to the peak. Very worth the hike to the top! Next time I think we'll go to the lake and spend the day.

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Denise M
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Easy trail until the turnoff up the Mt trail. Great views. Poles help quite a bit.

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Katie Cleveland
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Started off chilly. The plants still wet from the morning dew. Not too many cars at the trail head. It was foggy too. More at the top of the mountain than the bottom. Couldn’t see much on the way up. Went all the way to the top. Signed the books. Fed the birds. Enjoyed our time at the top. On the way down we picked blueberries. Ran into a few more people on the trail. Not too heavily trafficked. Went to the lake and recreated pictures from last winter. By 2pm-3pm the fog finally started to burn off and the views were amazing!!!

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Kaleena Martin
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