Pete Lake is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roslyn, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and horses and is accessible from May until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
From I90 take exit 80 (Roslyn). Go towards Suncadia (north) on Bullfrog Road, and from the second traffic circle exit on to State Highway 903 towards Roslyn. Continue on 903 through the towns of Roslyn and Ronald, pass lake Cle Elum, and turn left on to National Forest Road #46 towards Cooper Lake. Take a right where the sign says "Pete Lake Trail 2mi.". Go 2 miles to the Pete Lake Trailhead.
Well it has been a number of years since we were there. 70's and 80's. I love the whole area up there and would say I have been there eight - ten times in those years. We mostly camped at Cooper Lake. We were in there one day and met a hunter coming down from the wilderness area who said he'd fallen asleep on a log, when he suddenly awoke to find a black bear sitting there simply watching him. On another occasion, early on in the piece, three of us had driven up to the end of the road and hiked down to Pete Lk. There was a bit of a spat between the driver and two of us. This forced us two to hike to Cooper. The mossies were horrific and the repellant was being sweated off as fast as we could apply it. The track would be better defined than in the 70's. If you hike from Cooper to Pete it is a gradual easy haul.
One of my favorites but lately trail has been difficult and not clear. Would love to backpack in and camp sometime.
Beautiful hike. Not as flat as we thought but the lake was gorgeous and super clear!
First extended day hike for the summer. Well maintained trail . Enough scenery along the way to make it worthwhile. Especially enjoyed the large rock formations, few streams, and snow covered peaks . Very few mosquitos.
Beautiful, but lots of mosquitos!
easy trail.to Pete Lake. Trails beyond there for continuation are challenging due to lots of blow downs. also requires fording a rather deep.stream so a change of shoes is a must if you will continue on.
trails maintenance crews are hard at work so this should be a short lived problem.
Great trail condition! Too many mosquitoes for my liking though!
This is a great trail that most anyone who is used to day hikes can do. The elevation gain is minimal, the trail is easy to follow, including the new detour as you get back to the lake.
Bring bug spray!!! Cooper Lake has a large marsh on the north side just down from the parking lot where BILLIONS of mosquitoes are hatched. But, to our joy the bugs go away after about a mile and a half and Pete Lake has few to no bugs at all.
The views at the lake are amazing, the facilities at the parking lot are in great condition, the trail is muddy in places but easy to pass, the final stretch of gravel road is bumpy but passable, there are several streams to cross but are easy to do so.
Go pack camping back there if you like, the site can accommodate several campers, but no facilities back there.
Great easy grade trail for first overnights of the season. Good views of Chiwaukams to the west side of the lake.
There were swarms of mosquitos out and a lot of trees down across parts of the trail that made it challenging when we went. Other than that it was beautiful and a great day hike.
It was more like an obstacle course than a hiking trail, but loved it! Was difficult with my dog as there were 30+ fallen trees, 3 large rivers/creeks and several other smaller ones to cross and 60% of the trail was snow. The lake was so beautiful and the water so clear it was definitely worth all the bruises ;) will for sure do it again someday just maybe in mid June instead of late May :)
Great beginner hike.
Short hike for big pay off - beauitful lake but right now there are LOTS of bees! We had to move campsites because there were so many bees near us. Unfortunately there was a lot of horse scat around the campsites and lake (ew if that's your water source). Hoping the next time we go the bees are at bay!
Great foray into overnight backpacking hike with kids (12 and 9). There's not much elevation and some good scenery, with Pete Lake being a nice payoff at the end. There's plenty of level places to throw your tent too. Only downside was that it was VERY buggy; lors of mosquitos.
Because of the amount of snow we had to maneuver around or go over, creeks to cross, and fallen logs to climb over it wasn't the best hike. However once we made it to the lake it was very enjoyable with breathtaking views! We didn't get to spend much time enjoying because we knew it would take while get out. Should have brought overnight gear. Took 8 hours to hike 9 miles. Should try this hike mid June to July not May. Many of the other reports said the same thing should have listened. :)