Had an epic day hiking Mt. McCausland w/my sista & Joe today! She came for the weekend from Texas & we had to show her the beauty of the PNW. This wasn't even at the top of the summit & the view of Lake Valhalla was still so gorgeous! We did end up getting to the summit after this & it was hard but so worth it! The last half mile is super steep all the way up to the top, dusty, slippery, & brutal on the quads...but the view was so stunning from up top of the mountains, evergreens, & tiny Dow Lake on the other side. We had the summit to ourselves & enjoyed lunch up there for awhile. There is a box bolted down on the rock up top w/notes from hikers & letters to loved ones who have passed.
The only downside is the wildfire smoke from the Canada fires obstructed the view quite a bit. You could normally see so much from up above on a clear sunny day like today but the haze blocked the view's potential. Still was gorgeous though! By the time we descended the mountain I was a bit too tired to go check out the sandy shores of Lake Valhalla & a decent sized group of people were down there already as most people come to the lake vs the summit because it's an easier hike. So we skipped it this time around but we'll come back early again & take the easier Lake Valhalla trail instead to spend a couple hours down there!
All in all it was such a fun day in nature & we got so many great photos on the gopro & our phones! Be prepared for some hiking spam on this place the next few weeks because aside from the summit views and the lakes, there was a ton to explore on this trail. We got to explore a mini cave & rock area on the way up. It was so much fun & highly recommend this hike! 7 mile roundtrip by Stevens Pass! No pass needed. First 3 miles are easy enough, last steep half mile to the summit is definitely tough.