Steven's Pass

Highway 2 (aka the Steven's Pass Highway) offers quite a few hiking options between the I-5 corridor in Everett and the ski area at Steven's Pass.

These hikes have been sorted in a mostly East to West direction.

Click on the trail name (in blue font) to read the related trip report and to enjoy the photos from each adventure.

Skyline Lake and Ridge

Located directly across from the ski area at Steven's Pass, the route to Skyline lake offers expansive views in short order. Beyond the lake exists a high point and a boulder field for those feeling more ambitious. Winter is the prime season to visit this destination.
Skyline Lake (Trip #174, February 11, 2012)
Skyline Ridge - a moonlight snowshoe adventure (Trip #135, February 19, 2011)
Skyline Lake (Trip #80, January 17, 2009)
Skyline Lake (Trip #35, January 27, 2007)
Skyline Lake - Avalanche Awareness Training (Trip #34, January 13, 2007)

Iron Goat Trail
The Iron Goat Trail follows the original railroad route across the Cascade Mountains. This trail is full of interesting history and sights, including collapsed snow sheds, huge tunnels and also the location of the most deadly avalanche disaster in American history. It truly is a great place for a visit... in the summer. By all means, this is a destination that hikers and non-hikers really should pay a visit to sometime. It's unbelievable.
Iron Goat Trail to Wellington (Trip #96, August 8, 2009)
Iron Goat Trail from Scenic to the Windy Point Tunnel (Trip #53, August 12, 2007)
Iron Goat Trail westward from Windy Point Tunnel to the Cortea Crossover and Twin Tunnels (Trip #160, November 13, 2011)

Beckler Peak
Enjoy a beautiful trail outside Skykomish, with Silver Firs and top notch views of local peaks.
Quarks Silver Fir Trail (Trip #124, September 21, 2010)

Tonga Ridge / Saywer Mountain
Enjoy the expansive views of almost all the iconic Highway 2 peaks from the Tonga Ridge / Saywer Mountain trail (Trip #154, August 13, 2011)

Heybrook Lookout
A short little jaunt to a Fire Lookout just above Hwy 2. They don't let you poke around inside, but you can climb most of the stairs and enjoy the valley views anyway.
Heybrook Lookout (Trip #31, January 6, 2007)

Index Town Wall
Rock climbing buffs are probably very familiar with the world famous Index Town Wall.  As a hiker, it's not discussed much, but rumor has it there is a trail to the top.  I spent a lot of time hiking on the wrong side of the wall and then didn't have enough time left to follow the proper trail very far.  Need to return in 2013!
Index Town Wall - Intro (Trip #180, May 12, 2012)

Lake Serene Trails
One of the most frequently visited destinations along the Hwy 2 corridor, Lake Serene is stunningly beautiful (but seldom serene due to its popularity). Plenty of bonuses along this hike if you know what to look for.
Lake Serene, Bridal Veil Falls and Serene Mine (Trip #73, July 12, 2008)
Lake Serene (Trip #48, June 30, 2007)
Bridal Veil Falls (Trip #32, January 6, 2007)

Wallace Falls
Located just outside the little town of Gold Bar, the Wallace Falls State Park offers easy camping with many miles of trails following the Wallace River up to Wallace Lake, and beyond. Just ignore the buzz of the power lines... and the fact they completely ruin any chance of photos with favorite peaks. Did I mention the awesome waterfalls?
Wallace Falls (Trip #134, February 19, 2011)
Wallace Falls (Trip #33, January 6, 2007)

Many other popular trails exist along the Hwy 2 corridor, including Mount Persis, Mount Baring, Mount Index, Martin Creek, Deception Creek, Surprise Creek and others.

What are your favorites?

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