Mount McCausland Trail

HARD 15 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
1814 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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!

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Awesome

backpacking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 16, 2015