Pete & Spectacle Lakes


Backpack - Pete Lake

This is a one night mentor lead backpack trip to Pete Lake, essentially a continuation of the Cooper River Trail near Snoqualmie Pass. This is an early season trip with possible snow and water crossing challenges. The trail begins in deep old- growth forest, with close views of the river during the early stretch. At the lake, there will be beautiful views of the surrounding ridges. Depending on snow conditions, there may be an optional day hike.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 450 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Due to the popularity of the trail and it being relatively easy, it can get quite crowded. We will require an early start in order to secure a campsite. Please meet at the Pete Lake Trailhead by 9AM, with packs on and ready to go. We will depart promptly at 9:15AM.

  • A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking
  • The trail is fairly wide and is shared with horses. Don’t be surprised if you run into a few.
  • This early season trip will likely involve some snow on the trail and may have some snow patches in the camping area. Additionally, several of the creek crossings on the trail may be flooding with snow melt and may require fording. Participants are required to bring trekking poles for likely snow travel and bring water shoes for any potential creek fords. (Microspikes are optional; bug repellent and gators are recommended). The leader will bring a shovel to clear any snow that could obstruct any campsites. Please do not sign up for this trip, unless you are confident and comfortable with all of the above. 
  • Please see the attached gaia track to Pete Lake:

Pete & Spectacle Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Trekking poles
  • Water shoes
  • Microspikes
  • Gators
  • Bug repellent
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