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Lake Valhalla

Intermediate
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6.3 mile 10.2 kilometer out and back
84% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,367' 417 m
Descent: -1,367' -417 m
High: 5,086' 1,550 m
Low: 3,992' 1,217 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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Trail shared by Robyn Pepin

A beautiful forested run up to a peaceful mountain lake.

Robyn Pepin

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

At just over 6 miles in length, this out-and-back run has a moderate climb up to the peaceful setting of Valhalla Lake. Pack a lunch or snack to enjoy at the lake before retracing your steps back to the trailhead.

Description

This forested, moderately technical singletrack takes you through some classic PNW scenery to end at a mountain lake.

Start your moderate climb from the parking lot, hitting a number of switchbacks. After about 1 mile, you'll meet up with the PCT— take a left and continue along the PCT. The grade gets a little easier as you traverse through a variety of heavy forest and exposed portions. You'll get sneak peak views at the surrounding mountains as you make your way along.

A little over 2 miles in, you'll come across an intersection marked with a cairn—continue along the flatter path to get to the lake (turning up the hill to the right will take you to a fading trail with views of the lake and mountains). The trail will soon start to head down in elevation, and you'll start to see the lake over the edge of the trail.

Stay left (follow the signs!) to reach the lake, where several rocky outcrops make good rest points, or you can stop along the sandy beach to take in the view. When you've had your fill, turn back the way you came, or continue along the PCT.

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Photos

A meadow near Lake Valhalla, covered with huckleberry bushes in full fall color
Nov 9, 2018 near Skykomish, WA
Lichtenberg Mountain
Nov 9, 2018 near Skykomish, WA
Lichtenberg Mountain and initial view of the lake
Nov 9, 2018 near Skykomish, WA
Cadence enjoying a splash in Lake Valhalla
Aug 22, 2018 near Skykomish, WA

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