Pete & Spectacle Lakes


Backpack - Spectacle Lake

Midweek overnight backpack to spectacular Spectacle Lake via the lesser traveled Mineral Creek Trail. Campsite is below Chikamin Ridge with grand views of the Four Brothers and Chikamin Peak. This is a quieter destination than the more popular and accessible Pete Lake to the east.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,182 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,331 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

July 8th Thursday: Group will convene in Roslyn before 8 AM at Basecamp Books and Bites at 110 W Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn (left-hand turn from S 1st Street/WA-903). Parking in front of shop. If you want coffee and goodie, they currently open at 7 AM, but please be prepared to  depart for trail head  at  8 AM. 

We will drive about 45 minutes from Roslyn to the trail head of Mineral Creek Trail No 1331, NF-4600.  When we arrive, you should be packed and ready to go except booting up and clothing adjustments.

I expect that the trail will be relatively snow-free. Our route to Spectacle Lake has a maximum elevation of 5300'. If snow patches exist en route, then you should be comfortable with boots/microspikes and a full pack. The campsites at about 4000' should be snow-free. Worst case scenario, we will stop at Parks Lake Basin to camp and pray the mosquitoes are kind to us.

Requires river crossing a couple times across mineral creek, so use log crossing or water shoes/boots. First 1.5 miles of trail may be overgrown as the Forest Service has not cleared the trail as of 5/31/2021. Bushwacking may be required before the trail opens up.

Please DO NOT request leadership permission until registration opens on June 7th.
Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

Northwest Forest Pass required 


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 and pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or ursack (no hanging food in dry sacks)
  • Cooking gear
  • Blue bag to deal with waste (pack it out)
  • Microspikes and treking poles MAY be needed. Leader will assess closer to trip date
  • Water shoes (optional)
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