Mileage: 3.5 miles RT (to the lake), 7 miles RT (to summit)
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1905 ft/5560 (lake), 2700ft/6376ft (summit)
Map: Green Trails Benchmark No. 144
Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Café
As always, practice Leave No Trace. Pretty Please.
8/3/2106 We had a lovely day hike up to Lake Minotaur and Labyrinth Mountain, despite the steep climb and annoying bugs. Luckily, there was a nice cool breeze for most of the hike, except for when we were on the summit. Then the bugs set in. The wild flowers were out and the clouds were drifting in from the west but dissipating as soon as the crossed over the ridge. Although there is a trail around the west side of Minotaur, if you want to make to Labyrinth (without a major scramble) go around on the east side towards Theseus. The snow is all melted up to the summit and there are quite a few possible bootpaths up. My guess is they will all get you there eventually, depending on how much rock you want to scramble. The clouds parted enough to see Rainier and Glacier, and it was fun to look back to the west where I was last week on the PCT and Top Lake Trail, glimpsing the shimmering Heather Lake, as well.
Directions: Head east on Hwy 2 from Monroe for 58 miles to Stevens Pass, and turn north onto Road 6700 (Smithbrook). Look for where the highway divides and there is a left turn for FS 6700. Be cautious crossing the westbound lanes of Hwy 2. Once on FS 6700, follow the road 6.8 miles. Note that 5 miles into 6700 the road makes a hairpin left turn. After 6.8 miles on 6700, turn left onto Road 6704. Proceed 20 yards up the road, keeping an eye out for a sign for Minotaur trailhead that is pretty beatup. Continue 0.9 miles to end of the road.