Protecting a Vital Gateway to the Northern Cascades

Active Projects Stevens Pass

Approximately three-quarters of a mile of the PCT currently crosses this private property without an easement, meaning hikers and equestrians technically are trespassing.

The Pacific Crest Trail at Stevens Pass is a gateway to some of the most spectacular wilderness in the North Cascades. The Stevens Pass trailhead is also an important PCT access point for millions of people in the Greater Seattle region. Just to the south lies the spectacular Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and to the north are the equally magnificent Henry M. Jackson and Glacier Peak wilderness areas.

In early 2015, the property’s private owner, who had been seeking to sell the land, stated their intention to place a fence across the trail and close the PCT to public access through the parcel. Recognizing the potentially disastrous impact of a trail closure and the threat that development of the property would pose, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, working alongside the U.S. Forest Service, secured an option agreement to purchase the property.

We are currently seeking private support to help purchase and permanently protect this important property. Once acquired the land will be transferred into the public domain.


Northern WA
PCT Section
Project Partners
U.S. Forest Service

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton