Stiletto Lake via Twisp Pass Trail

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Very Hard
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28.3 km
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1,247 m
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Stiletto Lake via Twisp Pass Trail is a long, difficult hike that feels quite remote. If you’re seeking a real adventure, this 28.3 km lightly trafficked hike could be the one. The trail is rugged and not well-maintained, and you’ll need to keep an eye on your GPS as you go. If you make it to Stiletto Lake, you could enjoy having the whole place to yourself.

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Route Description for Stiletto Lake via Twisp Pass Trail

To not beat around the bush, you’ll be beating through the bush on the hike to Stiletto Lake via Twisp Pass Trail. This trail isn’t well-maintained and it’s quite overgrown. You’ll deal with blowdown and unaided creek crossings as well. The reward is getting to savor a quiet, uninterrupted trail and the solitude of the lake.

Keep an eye on your GPS for this route and turn back if any of the crossings seem unsafe.

Begin from the PCT trailhead, dropping south to hike through the valley. Just before the T-intersection of McAlester, take the trail on your left for Twisp Pass. You’ll be dealing with steady elevation gain while battling through the aforementioned conditions, but just keep going.

Pass small Dagger Lake underneath Twisp Mountain before winding past a smaller unnamed lake en route to Stiletto Lake, which has stellar views. From here, you’ll need to retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Stiletto Lake via Twisp Pass Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Stiletto Lake via Twisp Pass Trail is at the PCT Trailhead off North Cascades Highway near Bridge Creek.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Stiletto Lake

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  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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