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    Pete Lake Trail

    Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington
    Elevation Gain495ft
    Trailhead Elevation2,817ft
    Elevation Min/Max2796/2922ft
    Elevation Start/End2817/2817ft

    Pete Lake Trail

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    Arundel, ME
    Trailblazer | 713 pts
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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!
    Ault Field, WA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    We chose this trail for an overnight backpacking trip after consulting our copy of "Best Hikes with Dogs in Western Washington" by Dan Nelson. We picked up the Green Trails map to amplify Nelson's narrative, a must we learned on a previous hike in the Olympics.

    The trailhead is about 25 miles in from the town of Roslyn (the set for "Northern Exposure"), and only half is paved. Also, get your Northwest Forest Pass before you go...this will save you time as you transit in. The drive is pretty, with meadows and streams lining it.

    Since we had a late start, we climbed 2.5 miles/1000' to Squaw Lake and set up camp. We had a view of Cathedral Rock, but if you walk further south/left around the lake, there is a great campsite tucked in the trees providing beautiful views of the mountain range. (We didn't discover this until the next day!)

    The trail was very dusty and dry, so bring lots of water. The next morning we left our site and hiked another 2 miles/1200' up to Cathedral Rock. It was a modest climb, and we encountered many vistas, tarns, and meadows along the way. We were trying to find Peggy's Pond, but ended up scaling Cathedral Rock as far as we could climb. It turns out that you should head down toward Deep Lake and then traverse. But from our vantage point, we had glacier views as well as Mt. Rainier in the far distance.

    This trail is open to and used by horses, but our dog had a wonderful time exploring the forest. There were lots of bees, but the only other critters we encountered were gray jays and a field mouse. Also along the shores of Squaw Lake, we picked huckleberries for our oatmeal. I highly recommend this trail for an overnight...we're looking forward to doing it again!

    Trail Information

    Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
    Nearby City
    Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Skill Level
    Additional Use
    Wild Flowers
    Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
    Local Contacts
    Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208
    Local Maps

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