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Trap Lake

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West
47.7185, -121.1099 Map & Directions
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,700 feet
Highest Point
5,400 feet
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Trap Lake. Photo from WTA archives.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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Hiking Trap Lake

This beautiful trail makes for an excellent overnight or longer day hike. 

Beginning at the Tunnel Creek trailhead, ascend through a valley in cool green forest on tread kept in great condition by WTA volunteers. The way is steep and never in sight of Tunnel Creek until the final quarter mile. 

At 1.6 miles, arrive at Hope Lake. Just beyond is the Pacific Crest Trail, and another half mile brings you to Mig Lake and some camps. Further north are the high alpine lakes of Swimming Deer, Susan Jane and Lake Josephine.

The trail to Trap Lakes continues on the Pacfic Crest Trail up and over a pass a 5,300 feet and then down a bit before starting a long, gentle climb to Trap Lake. The trail is open with outstanding views. Fall color provided by the ever present blueberry bush and the reward is wonderful view of Trap lake.

The hike has deep forest, pretty mountain lakes, fall color and plenty of good trail to walk on without watching your every step.

Hike Description Written by
Charles Ardary, WTA Correspondent

Trap Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.7185, -121.1099 Open in Google Maps

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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 Seattle, drive north on I-5 to Everett and take exit 194 onto Highway 2. Drive east on Highway 2. Continue past the town of Skykomish for approximately 12 miles, until the sharp hairpin turn. Immediately after the Tunnel Creek bridge, turn right onto Forest Service Road 6095 (only possible from eastbound lane).

Remain on the main road until the junction at 1.2 miles. Keep left, steeply up FSR 115 (6095), and at 1.3 miles you'll arrive at the Tunnel Creek trailhead.

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Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Green Trails Stevens Pass No 176

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