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Deception Creek Cutoff

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West
47.6526, -121.1900 Map & Directions
0.6 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
480 feet
Highest Point
3,646 feet
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  • Established campsites
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This short connector trail goes to Deception and Fisher creeks, which lead to Deception Lakes, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and Deception Pass. The trailhead also provides alternative access to other area highlights such as Tonga Ridge and Fisher Lake. Continue reading

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Hiking Deception Creek Cutoff

The trail steadily descends from the road into the forest, and within 15 minutes you enter the Alpine Wilderness. The narrow trail winds through brush with plenty of tree canopy above. Take a minute to pause and appreciate the memorial hung on a tree for Faye Ogilvie of the Alpine Lakes Protection Society from the mid 20th century.

You'll hear Fisher Creek on the right as you descend, and at a little over a half of a mile from the trailhead you'll reach the intersection with Deception Creek Trail. This intersection of Fisher and Deception creeks is also the location of a small campground. Signs bolted to a tree can help you orient with Hwy 2 to the north and Deception Pass to the south.

If you stay the night, follow leave no trace principles and use the established campsites. As you're now in the Alpine Wilderness, for both day and overnight use, make sure to follow the US Forest Service wilderness regulations.

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Hike Description Written by
Aaron Czechowski, WTA Correspondent

Deception Creek Cutoff

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.6526, -121.1900 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Skykomish, go east on Highway 2. You'll soon pass the Skykomish Ranger station on the left, then continue for 0.5 mile, and turn right onto the Foss River Road, Forest Road (FR) 68. The road is paved for a while, then transitions to dirt/gravel. About 2.5 miles from the highway, you'll cross under a railroad trestle. One mile later, take the left fork for FR 6830. (The right fork continues on FR 68 to the Necklace Valley trailhead.)

FR 6830 winds up through the trees away from the Foss River towards Tonga Ridge. While it has its share of potholes, it's currently well maintained. Less than seven miles, continue straight on FR 6830 (don't turn onto FR 310 towards the Tonga Ridge trailhead). Get comfortable and stay on FR 6830 for another 18 miles as it winds around Mt. Sawyer.

The trailhead has a forest service signboard labeled "Deception Ck.C.O." Park to the side without blocking the road. The road ends several hundred feet past the trailhead, with slight room to turn around. (Some maps show the road continuing, but the bridge is out past the embankment at the end of the road.) You can also access Tonga Ridge Trail (1058) across the road.

Use the forest service kiosk near the trailhead to issue your party a free wilderness permit, for both day and multi-day trips.

There are no other services at this trailhead.

You're most likely to be able to access this trailhead during the summer and fall months, otherwise it will be snowed in.

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Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

Deception Creek Cutoff Trail (#1059.1)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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