Pete & Spectacle Lakes


Backpack - Spectacle Lake

Moderate out-and-back overnight B3 backpack 17.2 miles round-trip, total elevation gain 1,500 feet) to an alpine lake truly worthy of its name. Depending on conditions, may change trail head, which could add either distance or elevation gain.Trip will stay moderate.

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  • Sat, Sep 10, 2016 — Sun, Sep 11, 2016
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft

We will meet at the Green Lake Park and Ride (6601 8th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115) at 5:30 am on Saturday, September 10. Bring your Northwest Forest Pass if you have one, and please be respectful of others on the trip and arrive on time. Make sure that your carpool preferences are up to date!

We'll spend the night on the shores of the aptly named Spectacle Lake. Read the Washington Trails Association’s full route description here. From the Pete Lake trail head, this out-and-back trip is 17.2 miles roundtrip with a total elevation gain of 1,500 feet. The highest point on the trip is 4,600 feet. If conditions are good, we may start from Lake Kachess or Mineral Creek, which would somewhat increase the intensity of the trip. Final decision will be made in the week before the trip.

Note that this trip is being offered as part of the B3 course which means that there may be an extra emphasis on planning and demonstration during the trip. It is open to everyone (i.e., you do not need to be in the B3 course to sign-up), but given its intended purpose, we will hike at a conversational pace.

Here in the Northwest, June is still relatively early in the season, and the weather can change rapidly. Please come fully prepared for cold weather no matter the temperature, and don’t forget your ten essentials! I also require a bear canister or Ursack. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions about gear. I can be reached at or 617.283.2043. 


Pete & Spectacle Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

** Note: A bear canister or Ursack is required for this trip. **

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