Backpack - Spectacle Lake


Backpack - Spectacle Lake

This is a rescheduled student backpack for B3 students. Priority registration will be given to Becca and Jason's B3 students, followed by other B3 students. Please review Leader's Notes for complete leader permission details.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 28.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.5 mph

We will meet at the Pete Lake trailhead at 8am.

We will plan to hike to Spectacle Lake and set up camp. 9 miles, 3000 feet elevation gain.  This day consists of a water crossing as well as navigating over 35 downed trees in full sun due to a previous fire.

Day 2 will consist of a day hike to explore the PCT, and Park and Glacier Lakes. 9.3 miles with 3200 feet elevation gain.

Day 3 will be our decent back to the trailhead. We will again be navigating over downed trees and a water crossing.

Complete trip details in the hello hiker email.

America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Pass Required

This is a student backpack so the pace may be slower than other Mountaineers trips. Please keep that in mind when requesting permission.

This route includes fording a river as well as hiking through a burn section with no shade.  Additionally there about 35 downed trees between the river and Spectacle Lake along the trail to hike over or around. Please be sure you are comfortable with a possible cold and deep water crossing as well as traversing many large downed trees in the sun in the afternoon.


Early request will be ignored. 

In your request please tell me:

1. You understand this is a student trip and are happy to go at their pace and are flexible to whatever the group needs.

2. Your 3 most recent hikes/backpacks including the dates, miles, elevation gain, and hiking pace. 

3. You are comfortable fording the river (in possibly above knee water) for and traversing the large volume of blowdowns in the afternoon sun.

You must address all points for your request to be considered.

Our group will typically maintain a 1.5-2.0 mph pace with full overnight packs. Please make sure that this is a comfortable traveling speed before requesting permission. The group will be traveling together.

Other B3 students may request leaders permission starting 9/1/2023

Mountaineers may request leaders permission starting 9/8/2023


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 Ursak with Opsak
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag/wag to deal with waste
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