Mount McCausland Trail

HARD 23 reviews

Mount McCausland Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,814 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

scramble

Starting at the Smithbrook trailhead, you arrive at a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at 1.1 mile with 600 feet elevation gain. 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.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful and rewarding trail! The trees were just starting to change color and I think in the next few weeks the colors will be even better. I added on the Valhalla lake trail at the end which was a really nice and easy addition.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful fall-like day in the Cascades. Easy hike until the last half mile up the peak; but rewarded with a 360 view of the Cascades. Hiking poles certainly helped towards the end. Should see peak fall colors in the next couple weeks.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, I did this hike combined with Lake Valhalla (see review there).

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing view! Will do again. The bugs were in full force!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this 7/1/18. First off, this hike is more like 6.5 -7.0 miles, not 5.5. The beginning of the trail is definitely eroding away from heavy rain and as a result there were several fallen trees in which a lot of them obscured the trail. Due to the lack of trail signs my friend and I were mislead quite a few times and were forced to somewhat trail-blaze while keeping an eye on the “All Trails” map (which isn’t always the most accurate). Once you get to the first boulder area, keep going to the left (don’t go up towards the boulders). Eventually you’ll come to a fork in the trail and you’ll take a left on the PCT. There was definitely quite a bit of snow going up to the top. I would say trekking poles and ice spikes aren’t necessary, but I would highly, highly suggest having either one of them if you want to make it to the top. My friend and I are avid hikers so we weren’t worried about being the only ones on the trail the entire time, but if you’re new to hiking, I wouldn’t recommend this trail purely because it’s not a heavily trafficked hike, which means there won’t be any immediate help in case of emergency . Hope this helps! :)

hiking
11 months ago

There is no sign to designate the split in the trail for Valhalla lake and McCausland but if you follow the directions on the website you'll have no issues! Awesome to see all the color changes this weekend!

hiking
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Great day hike that is semi challenging toward the top. I recommend going to the top of the mountain and then taking a visit to Lake Valhalla below before you head back.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Gorgeous 360 view from the top and awesome detour to Lake Valhalla on the way back! Would rate it as moderate. Grand results for a shorter hike!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Awesome

hiking
Friday, August 21, 2015

Saturday 8-15-2015: My wife and I joined our hiking group to hike to Mount McCausland. The weather was cloudy and cool. The trail up to the mountain was very steep. Due to cloudy weather we had limited views.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

backpacking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

recorded Mount McCausland

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Monday, October 26, 2015

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Sunday, August 16, 2015