Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking

Youth activity

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Backpacking - Pete & Spectacle Lakes

This will be a mentored backpack trip for me, Ryan Jones, as I seek to become a backpack leader for the youth program. Tom Robey will be the primary leader. This will be a great first overnight trip for families. Please be aware that we will have dog on this trip, so if this is an issue, please consider before joining.

  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

We will meet at the trailhead at 8 a.m. to do a brief check-in on the 10 essentials an ensure everybody has what they need for a safe and comfortable trip to Pete Lake. Please make sure you have a Northwest Forest Pass to park.

This will be a family oriented overnight backpack trip.  We will travel as a group, keeping our slowest hiker in mind and comfortable.  Families should be prepared to dine with own-family.  Our family is looking forward to the backpacker meal experience, so bring on the boiling water! More logistical info will be listed in the trip sheet.

Trip Sheet: Open Link

Emergency Action Plan (EAP): Open Link

Parking: Northwest Forest Pass

*To sign up for Pathfinder/Nomad combo trips, do it on this page, NOT the course page. For all other trips, sign up via the course page. If confused, refer to the registration instructions on the course page.


Pete & Spectacle Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag/Sleeping pad
  • Tent or sleeping shelter
  • Pack cover or plastic bag for water repellence
  • Wool/synthetic socks (minimum of three pairs)
  • Hiking Boots
  • Layers
  • Warm jacket
  • Warm pants
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Camp shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Bowl, Cup, Spoon
  • Water (at least two liters)
  • Headlamp/Flashlight (spare batteries)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Van Bag with change of clothes, snacks, money for on road (optional)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • 10 Essentials


  • Camera
  • Playing cards
  • Hacky sack
  • Frisbee
  • Journal and pen

If you'd like to borrow gear, please submit your request to the gear library.

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