Pete & Spectacle Lakes


Backpack - Pete & Spectacle Lakes

***Mentored Backpack Trip*** Very chill overnight trip to Pete Lake as my mentored backpack trip so I can become a backpack leader. Come have some fun with me and the lovely Frank McCracken who is my mentor. (NOTE: We will only go to Pete Lake on this trip.)

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
Meeting Spot/Time:  8:30am at Travelers' Rest (to find put in Google:  Snoqualmie Pass Travelers' Rest);  it's off I-90, between exit 52 and 53 in Snoqualmie Pass area.  We will stop to meet and then I will orient you as to how to get to the trailhead. I will have maps for all to use to get to the trailhead from this meeting spot.  The drive to the trailhead from the rest stop is about 1 hour.  There is a parking lot once you get to the trailhead area but it may be full so expect that you may need to park on the road as many do.
Parking Pass at Trailhead:  Northwest Forest Pass or  National Park Pass (American the Beautiful or Senior Pass)

This is my mentored backpack trip so I can become an independent backpack leader.  Frank McCracken, who is wonderful, will join us as my mentor for this trip.  This is meant to be a "very chill" fall trip to just be outdoors and enjoy some fall colors.  

PLAN FOR THE TRIP IN GENERAL.   Saturday 10/3:  Will likely get on the trail by 10:30am or so, then hike 4.5 miles to the lake, look for camping spots preferably with a fire pit so we can enjoy a fire at night if the current burn ban is lifted.  We will pitch tents and eat  lunch in no particular order.  Based upon weather, we will do an optional additional  short hike for fun after lunch mostly to just enjoy the forest all around us.  We will also have time to swim in the lake  if anyone is interested but for safety you must bring water shoes (I hope to do this!).  Dinner as a group will around 6 or 6:30pm so that we can eat, socialize, and just enjoy swapping stories! Then a fire if able and going to sleep.  Sunday 10/4:  wake up, eat breakfast, pack up, camp out.  Expect to be back to trailhead around 12 noon or so.  Then a nice early drive home.  

FOOD/WATER NEEDED:  Trail snacks, one lunch, one dinner, one breakfast.  2L water recommended to start with but the rest can come from the lake by using a water filter device.

****Phase 2 COVID-19 Trip**** 


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
  • Mask and hand sanitizer
  • Additional information per email sent to all by leader 2-3 days prior to the trip.
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