Pete Lake Trail

Cle Elum, Washington

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Large, woodland Pete Lake makes a popular family campsite at the end of a gentle trail through old-growth forest. Children will joyfully throw sticks and stones in three or four creeks along the way. At the lake, they can also wade and swim, because the water, while not warm, is also not ice cold. Because there is no special turnaround point, this hike is best for an overnight trip.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Large, woodland Pete Lake makes a popular family campsite at the end of a gentle trail through old-growth forest. Children will joyfully throw sticks and stones in three or four creeks along the way. At the lake, they can also wade and swim, because the water, while not warm, is also not ice cold. Because there is no special turnaround point, this hike is best for an overnight trip.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 3,000 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 208 Lake Kachess; USFS Wenatchee
Driving Directions: Directions to Pete Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/8/2004
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A great hike for the entire family. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy hike with unique scenery (old growth trees) within a couple hours of Seattle. We selected it since it was raining in other old growth forest areas around Seattle (e.g. Mount Rainier). Since it is east of the Cascades, we had better weather. Initially, the trail goes along Cooper River with nice views up and down the riverbed. It then crosses several dried-up tributaries that feed into the river. It was a very enjoyable walk with cool temperatures, dense plant life, varying ecosystems and endless numbers of old growth trees. Plus, we had never seen so many different mushrooms – white, yellow, brown, orange and purple! You pass several areas that are prime for individual and group campsites. Once you get close to Pete Lake, you turn the corner and see two enormous old growth trees. They were truly spectacular and really stood out. Great photo opportunity. Pete Lake was a perfect ending spot with a large campsite area and places to eat lunch down by the water. Spectacular views of the distant mountains leading up to the peaks of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Very peaceful and no one around. Oh, and you pass through Roslyn to get to the trailhead. It is a pretty cool tiny old town to visit for a quick beer, burger or donut!



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