Pete Lake is a 11 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, nature trips, and horses and is best used from May until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,072 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

forest

lake

river

muddy

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.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 days ago

Hiked on 5/24. This was a nice hike, but there’s still a lot of snow in places, which can make it difficult to navigate, and a little tougher on the knees. Beware of falling through the snow, and there are a lot of creek crossings where you have to walk over some logs. It was about a 9 mile hike and it took us about 7 hours, including a break at the lake.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail but ran into a lot of snow on the trail. Trail is cut off at the river, which is too deep to walk across. The only way to get across the river to walk across a log which is not recommended for beginners. Also, snow is still melting leaving 2-3 ft deep holes barely visible from the surface scattered about the trail (tread carefully)! Other things: the road is not paved near the parking area and has many potholes. Some mosquitos.

hiking
muddy
off trail
snow
5 days ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
snow
washed out
8 days ago

Road is clear of snow until about 500 ft before the trailhead. Trail is still 80% covered in snow. Poles would have been nice for balance. Footpath was faint and hard to follow in parts. Lost it once. Look for orange tags tied off on branches marking the trail. On our way back down, the Memorial weekend crowds had trampled it pretty easy to follow. Mileage is more like 12 miles RT to lake. Lots of stream crossings. One serious one just before the lake, need to use a large fallen tree to cross. Be prepared to have wet shoes most of the way. 100% forest (no views) until you get to the lake.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Tried to get down to Lake and made it 4 miles before the trailhead and turned around. Still lots of snow and ice on the road. We were worried about high centering in our Subaru. Turned around there and went and did something else.

backpacking
7 months ago

We backpacked Pete Lake from Oct 22-23. We came across a forest service worker who advised us not to continue but we are hardier folks so we pressed on. The trail is overall pretty soaked. The River and streams are running pretty high. On the 22nd it was much worse than the 23rd so it’s probably not going to be a problem in a few days. We encountered sections of the trail with running and standing water. Within the first quarter mile there’s a lot but you can bushwhack around it. Most of the water spots were avoidable. Some of the stream crossings required us to get creative and explore to find a good place to cross. I would say waterproof boots are a absolute necessity to have a enjoyable hike. My girlfriend had regular height waterproof hiking boots and she got her feet wet. I was very happy I opted for my pair that goes a couple inches above the ankle. I stayed mostly dry. The stream crossing closest to Pete Lake was the most difficult. There’s a large tree down over Cooper River that makes that crossing easy. A few campsites had standing water when we first arrived but most of them dried out by the time we left and water levels went down considerably. You are allowed to have campfires at the lake which was a huge help for drying out some clothes and overall just staying warm. The views from the lake were breathtaking. The huge peaks in the distance are covered in snow which looks amazing. We loved our campsite in the main area but as a tip, if you explore along the lakeside west of the main camp area, you’ll eventually bushwhack to an amazing campsite that’s secluded and right on the lake with a better view of the mountains. Only a 2-3p tent would fit in the flat spot though. The road leading in was mostly paved and the dirt road is in good shape. No snow on road or trail. Trail is mostly flat, a couple spots go up and down but it’s short lived. We only saw 3 people in the 2 days we were out however the flooding rivers probably kept most people away.

hiking
8 months ago

Great easy hike. In awe of all the different species of fungi. We started off about 6:30am and didn't run into anyone till we were heading back to the trailhead and was thankful for full sun while at the lake! Trail has some wet/muddy areas but didn't bother me. Also, no mosquitoes this morning!

fishing
muddy
8 months ago

easy trail through the forest, it was wet and muddy. lots of great camping at the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

There were a lot of mosquitoes, so literally cover yourself in deet! Worth it for the view of Pete Lake at the end and the mountains beyond.

backpacking
9 months ago

Took our kids here for their first backpacking trip (June). Great fun and amazing views at the lake! Mosquitoes were so bad and natural bug spray was a joke. Lots of horse poop on trail. Nice spots to camp and a “toilet” around the campground which was great. Would bring bathing suits to swim next time more! Would come back with good bug spray!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked cooper lake to Snoqualmie pass with a snack stop at Pete lake. Very easy and flat. Was empty early Friday morning. Saw elk and deer in the early morning. No bugs, clear water for filtering. Great place to bring amateur backpackers or folks who pack a lot. Did not see any horses. Left trailhead at 6:30am and got to Pete lake by 8.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
bugs
muddy
9 months ago

Superrrr busy. Super. The parking lot is a bit of a zoo when busy. The trail was nicely maintained and easy for all ages, but beware of the horse poop everywhere lol. If you’re bringing a dog, make sure they do well around horses/alpacas because there were 15+ on trail the day I hiked, some of which were very afraid of my dog (who pretty much just ignores horses), it made it really difficult to pass on the trail because of how narrow it is. The lake is beautiful but again, super busy and difficult to find a spot to sit. I’m sure weekday mornings aren’t as bad as weekends tho :)

backpacking
9 months ago

This trail was perfect for me and my husbands first overnight backpacking trip! Pete lake has one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen! Bring mosquito spray!

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely hike. Easy and wonderful place for camping.

backpacking
10 months ago

This was a fun hike! Nice and flat for the most part; nothing technical. This is a great hike for kids and pets. Only negative thing I have to say are the bugs. Make sure you bring more than one can of mosquito repellent, there are tons of them. Stayed the night at a campsite on the northeast side of the lake. There are multiple campsites but they are usually taken quickly on nice weekends.

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is great for all ages, just bring plenty of bug dope. it is a popular hike, recommend going early. Watch out for the horse droppings :)

hiking
11 months ago

Perfect, easy day hike. Well maintained trail and trailhead. Lots of people but worth it! So much to see on the trail. Rewarded with a gorgeous lake at the end! Also it's good to note that it's only four miles to the lake and four miles back a total of 8 Miles, not 11 miles as stated above.

hiking
11 months ago

The lake is beautiful and less crowded! Lots of misquotes and insects. You will literally have to turn back if you do not spray insect repellent on your self. If you are overnight camping , for a less crowded campground you need to walk further down from the first campground and you will find pockets of areas with flat surfaces to set up the tent near the water ! Enjoy

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike for pre summer due to low elevation. Road in is great, only a few miles off pavement. Camping sites at the lake are well defined and maintained. Easy enough trail, even for younger kids. Happy trails!

hiking
11 months ago

This is a moderately trafficked trail with a relatively small parking lot for the amount of traffic it gets. The road to the trailhead is rough but passable for most vehicles. The gravel road is probably a 20 mile an hour trek to the lot. Don’t be surprised if you have to park along the road. The trailhead restroom is relatively new and well maintained but, as always, bringing your own toilet paper just in case. There was none today which is not uncommon. The trail itself is free of most obstacles. You will have to cross about 12 water features of varying widths but most are very easy obstacles. Pete Lake is amazingly beautiful and worth the journey which amounts to about 9.5 miles round trip with about 760 feet of elevation gain.

hiking
Sun May 26 2019

I backpacked to Pete lake yesterday 5/25/19 without any issues. The lake is very beautiful. I was going to try to push towards spectacle lake but with so much snow still there at the crossover I could keep track of the trail so I went back to Pete and set camp.

Thu May 09 2019

went 5/3/19 and couldnt access trail because road had snow and ice, see picture. Went back on Friday 31st, and trail was easy peasy, road access perfect, lake very beautiful, didnt try Spectacle lake, but then again most people we talked to in the trail didnt go up to spectacke. lots and lots of mosquitos, be ware. Fitbit recorded Pete lake at 5.5 miles instead of 4, who knows. have fun!!

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