Wander through a pine and larch forest up to two alpine lakes located in a valley below Stevens Peak!

To get to the trailhead, drive east on I-90 to Lookout Pass. Turn right into the pass parking lot and continue on the railroad grade dirt road for approximately 6 miles. You will pass several trailheads, but continue on until you reach a fork in the road and a sign for the Stevens Lakes trailhead. Parking and a restroom is on the right side of the road and Stevens Lakes trailhead is on the left.

Before hiking, we made coffee at the trailhead at a nice picnic table area surrounded by golden larch trees!

This hike gains elevation quickly through a larch forest at an 8% grade. In the fall, the trail is dusted with a soft cover of larch needles. Once through the forest, the trail opens up to a valley where switchbacks lead you past a waterfall up a rocky hillside.

At the top of the waterfall, go another 1/2 mile to Lower Stevens Lake. Continue along the narrow shoreline trail up to Upper Stevens Lake at the base of Stevens Peak.

Backpack in for the night or make a day trip out of it! Excellent hike with the views of two alpine lakes!

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Pack List

  • Osprey Mira 26 Hydration Pack
  • Lowa boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Extra clothing layers (waterproof shell, fleece)
  • Backpacking stove & fuel
  • Coffee & percolator
  • Map
  • Headlamp
  • First aid
  • Waterproof matches
  • Extra food
  • Water filter
  • Camera!
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1780 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Lake
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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We enjoyed this hike up to Steven Lake. There is a little hidden waterfall off to your right as you ascend up. We enjoyed the change of scenery a long the way! The lake was stunning just like other alpine likes are. The Peak in the distance is gorgeous. Hope to be back there when it is warmer!


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