Explore the most popular camping trails near Roslyn with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
4 days ago

We did this hike with a group of friends over Labor Day weekend in 2017. It was a long difficult hike with many repeating elevation gains and drops but the journey and the views along the way were well worth it. It was deep into fire season and the Jolly Mountain fire closed the roads to the southern trailhead to Jade lake. We ended up starting our trip from the northern side of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. We were fortunate in that the winds were blowing south and we didn’t hike in smoke. There were plenty of streams along the way for fresh water and about halfway to Marmot lake we picked wild huckleberries to recharge as we hiked. After spending the night on Marmot lake we hiked/climbed our way up to Jade lake. It was great to do this hike for our first backpacking trip but it was exhausting and did not come without blisters and a few missing toenails.

This one starts out easy. It's almost misleading. But once the switchbacks start, it's a definite burner. I would say this was one of the harder ones I've done. The last 1.5 mile stretch to Tuck is hard and exhausting. But once you're up it's so worth it. Beautiful views. The trail up to Robin is hard to find. Multiple groups including ours were lost trying to find it.

Tried to drive up to the trailhead this morning but the road is closed due to wildfires

backpacking
8 months ago

The trail isn't too rough for the first few miles. My husband and I went up to Tuck lake for one night, then headed out to Marmot for our second. At one point you hike fairly far down into a meadow covered with flowers and other flora. There are plenty of little streams to get water from if you need it. The hike up to Marmot is a little tough (maybe harder in our minds because we had done a difficult hike the first day of our trip). There are plenty of campsites at Marmot. There were around 8 groups camping comfortably there during our stay. We saw some prints that looked like they belonged to a large cat of sorts, so we used the buddy system if either of us needed to use the "restroom" at night. The hike to jade is pretty difficult. My phone says it was about 5.5 miles round trip, but half of it you are climbing up rocks. Follow a dirt path all the way around Marmot lake to the edge. From there, you'll start climbing rocks and following cairns on the way. The cairns do a great job of marking the path, so keep an eye out for them. Jade lake has about 3 campsites, and No Name lake has 2 or so. You can't beat the view and pictures do not do the color of the lake justice. Highly recommended!

backpacking
8 months ago

The hike up to Tuck is extremely difficult (especially with full packs). It's very steep and you gain 1100' over a mile. The view was amazing and definitely worth it though. My husband and I decided not to go on to Robin due to the fact that we were only on day 1 of a 4 day trip and didn't want to push ourselves. There were plenty of campsites right as you came on the lake; I counted 4 total, and I believe there are more around the other side of the lake. If you decided to stay at tuck, I advise climbing up part-way to Robin just for the view.

hiking
9 months ago

Be prepared for more mileage than listed. It's over 11 miles, not 8.4. There was no other signage or trail head. Directions to this one were followed exactly. Word from Forrest Service friends is that the trail was re-cut some years ago due to wash out issues closer to the river, resulting in more elevation and length. It is very up and down; based on similar trails I've done in the region, this is moderate, not easy. Managed with 60lb. ruck and 10lb. waist pack, had I known the actual distance and elevation I would have halved it.

As other reviews say; mosquitoes. And a lot. 35% Deet reapplied often, helped us through. Made it out with only three bites.

If you'll be out mid-day, be aware there are a lot of sun breaks, have sun block and watch those puppy paws on the hot sand and rocks.

Lots of wildlife, deer, elk, chipmunks, very curious squirrels, lots of elk and horse scat on the trail.

Like always folks; please leash your dogs!! Myself and my leashed dog are tired of being run up on by large, unleashed dogs.

hiking
9 months ago

I did this with two friends, expecting this to be the 8.4 miles...all three of our Fitbits logged about 11.35 miles and an extra 300ft elevation; I've heard there used to be a different trail that hugged the river more that was about four miles each way and that what we took was a newer trail that went over the ridge, however, there was no signage or trail splitting that we noticed. I don't know if this is accurate or not, but our logged distance was very different than the app data (and at the trail head) and we would not have picked it if we'd known the true (or logged) distance.

It was beautiful, though the bugs were horrible. I was greatful for my mosquito netting which helped with the horseflies too.

backpacking
9 months ago

Amazing yet grueling! Camped up at Robin lakes and I definitely suggest it over Tuck lake. Past Tuck, the trail is very hard to follow and mainly a scramble up rocks, use caution.

hiking
9 months ago

The lake is gorgeous but even with bug spray the mosquitoes are horrible!!! I sprayed myself every couple of miles and still have about 30 bites :( it is pretty but be prepared!

hiking
9 months ago

Great little hike for my wife and 2 dogs. The dogs loved it, and so did we. However, be warned: there are an insane number of mosquitoes here and unfortunately, we discovered that only as they became most active just when we had turned around about a mile beyond the lake. Not even exaggerating, we just about jogged half the way out but became too exhausted from swatting the mosquitoes while running. There's a lot, and they are more persistent than I've seen before. Don't be dumb like us and forget bug spray - based on this experience alone, we have resolved to always have a can in each of our bags, no exceptions!

backpacking
9 months ago

Super easy, really nice lake. I'd recommend to anyone even 1st timers with a 50 pound bag. Worth the stop on the way to Spectacle if you plan on doing that hike. Pretty good veiw also

backpacking
9 months ago

Actually over 35km. Really nice hike, we saw WTA working and horses. Flys were kinda bad on the trail, but the hike was really easy until the last couple miles. Switch backs were really well done with minimal fallen trees.

Beautiful views though, and some of the cleanest water I've EVER seen. I got stung twice for the first time in 8 years. Definitely would do again soon.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail follows mineral creek up a beautiful basin surrounded by tall, rocky mountains. There are a few stream crossings that weren't too challenging but some downed trees and debris made it a little challenging to pick a good route across. Once we got past the second crossing, the brush because very thick and overgrown. Though the trail is easy enough to follow, be prepared to hike through some dense foliage and brambles including salmon berries and thimble berries. We did not make it all the way to Park Lake due to a late start on the hike. No snow and the creek crossings were manageable.

Nice hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike. I wanted to test my fitness for a 1 day hike and it did just that. Lots of variety. Great scenery. Awesome views. But there was more people then I hoped for.

10 months ago

Massive amount of mosquitos. More then your average backpacking experience. 2 other groups turned around because they were so bad.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great hike. It's 11 miles from the Pete lake trailhead into Spectacle Lake but not overly difficult because of minimal elevation gain compared to most of our hikes. We both had "heavy" packs on and did fine, but we are avid hikers/backpackers. A cold and swift Lemah creek water crossing and fallen trees blocking parts of the pct were the only obstacles but both doable and fun. Bugs were annoying and plentiful but expected. Go in with lots of bug spray and plan on using it frequently. Had minimal backpacking "neighbors" on our first night at the lake but they were coming in like hoards on night two. We definitely prefer less company but that's life and with a beautiful lake and amazing views... we were just happy to be outside enjoying the perfectly hot temps and blue skies.

It's a long hike and tends to be too popular for our taste but if you love high mountain lakes, do it.

10 months ago

Nice hike but tons of mosquito's! Not sure on the actual distance, my phone GPS showed 4.6mi in and out.

6/18/17
Just did the trail in an attempt to get up on Mt. Chikamin. The slide Alder about 2 miles in does make for wet travel after/during rain and there's probably about a mile of it to negotiate.(rain pants are a must!) There's also a 2 creek crossings to negotiate. The first being 1/4 mile from the parking lot.( there's a downed log to walk) The second, about mile 2, was thigh high and swift, but short.(use caution) All in all it's a great hike, but we only made it to Park Lakes. There's still a lot of snow up there and locating the trail is difficult.

backpacking
11 months ago

This was a fairly easy hike, on the way back it took us 1:40m. We hiked on 6/16/17 and there is still snow on some parts of the trail but easy to walk over it. Also be ready for some challenges at the creeks you will some many of them that range in difficulty. So there is a good chance you will get your shoes wet. The lake is very nice and clear waters, the view is amazing and the birds will sing all day long which was very cool.
If you want privacy, come early and walk further to the backside of the lake. We camped right at the beginning with the view of the mountains and everyone kept walking thru our spot to see the view, that was very annoying. Other than that great trip

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike with big trees, creeks, birds, deer and flowers along the way. Still moderate snow but able to stay on trail without a map or GPS. Water is flowing so used fallen trees to cross the creeks. The lake is beautiful and an awesome place to camp for the night. Not crowded at all.

11 months ago

All good and ready to go.

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

June 11,2016
Rated easy I would say moderate due to the numerous of trees down. Which added to the level of difficulty having to stop and crawl over the massive trees . Lots of mosquitos so take your bug spray.. when you reach the lake there's an area to camp out .. will do this hike again hopefully the trees have been cleared out

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Great hike, awesome mountain views of Lemah, Chikamins, and three queens. Camping on the peninsula offers plentiful access to water and amazing views.

camping
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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.

hiking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Beautiful hike. Not as flat as we thought but the lake was gorgeous and super clear!

on Spectacle Lake

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wow-amazing hike!!! My one and only complaint was that we did not camp up at Spectacle (we camped at Pete's Lake) because there were (and I quote) "100 people camping and partying up there!"
The lakes were beautiful! The hike was a butt-kicker! The river was tough to cross...slippery rocks and fast moving water. All worth it!!

backpacking
Friday, August 19, 2016

The trail is overgrown. Bring rain gear so as not to get your clothes soaked. Waterproof pants are necessary if you don't want the water to seep into your boots getting your socks soggy. This is a much different type of hiking for Washington. Watch your footing as you make your way through all the brush. This is definitely a challenge of a trail. There are loads and loads of wild raspberries though!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beautiful, but lots of mosquitos!

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