Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

hiking
15 days ago

nice ,pretty much flat hike. be sure to hike to the far end of lake for more camping spots

backpacking
17 days ago

We hiked and stayed the night at Spectacle Lake 7/28 - 7/29. Overall the hike was 10 miles one way and took us 4 hours to get to the lake.

The first 4.4 miles to Pete Lake was very easy with minimal elevation gain. We encountered a lot of mosquitos on this part of the hike.

The next 1.3 miles from Pete Lake to the Lemah Creek crossing was also pretty flat. The creek was about knee deep and wasn’t that hard to cross this time of year. The alternative, if the creek can’t be forded, is a 1.9 mile detour up Lemah Meadow Trail to the PCT.

From the creek, it’s about 0.7 miles to the PCT. Once on the PCT, it’s about 2.7 miles to the Spectacle Lake trail. This is where most of the elevation gain happens. The trail switchbacks up a burnt forest to the Spectacle Lake trail. From there, it is another 0.8 miles downhill to the lake. Most of the campsites are on the peninsula, there are also some campsites on the east side of the lake.

Went with my brother 7/25-7/26. This was my first hike. The trails were beautiful, and, as many have posted, full of mosquitos. Lots of switchbacks to climb up to the lake, but the waterfall and Spectacle Lake were amazing. Lots of friendly people on the trail. We leisurely made it from the trailhead to Spectacle Lake in about six hours (where we camped for the evening), and we spent about four and a half to get back the next day.

backpacking
27 days ago

My wife and I took our first backpacking trip of the year up to Spectacle Lake. We hiked in from the parking lot to past Pete Lake to the river crossing - roughly 6 miles. We arrived at 3:30 and landed roughly 3 hours later. We hiked with 100# dog and 20-25# packs. High temps between 80-90 degrees in the day.

River seemed a little cold on arrival so we didn’t care to cross at 6:30 not knowing what lies on the other side.
Set up at a nice little camp spot right by the river though. Mosquitos pretty tough even with spray.

Woke up and encountered several crossers at the river by 9-9:30. We packed up and left to Spectacle. River wasn’t bad at just below knee height with a dog saw people of all ages (12-55) crossing fine. My dog did well as he is tall, another couple with a small 20# dog went down river a little and there dog was fine as well. Definitely recommend water shoes to change into for crossing.

We were warned that it may be too hot with a dog in the exposed area of the climb to Spectacle Lake but decided against the heed to our relief.

There is a nice pretty well covered area for the first 45 min until you become more exposed with burn out sections. By 10:30 even at 75 degrees sun exposure not bad. If anybody fared well it was the dog. New growth on the mountain leaves a 3-4’ canopy on the trail in which the dog spent most of the exposed hike in. The hike through the exposed section consists of an hour or so of switch backs but some less gradual. There are many small streams all along the hike up the mountain.. to a dogs delight or drinks or a good dousing:)

Lots of wild flowers. Greenery and beautiful back drop even with torched trees from a decade ago. There is a wonderful bridged waterfall after driving through the switch backs which is a nice place to chill. There are 3 + areas were you have small stream crossings with no bridge.. But doable for all creatures. Mosquitoes once again can become a nuisance if your not prepared. Bring a facial net as a preference as seen with many hikers (we didn’t bring any but wished we had.)

After nearing the top the canopy of trees once again shades you more. After cresting and viewing small glimpses of the lake there is a sharp drop down if you travel to the SE side of the lake. Once your down around the lake there are access trails all around. The lake mostly surrounded by rock so pick your access wisely if you want to get in.

We jumped in on the SE side with a little beach access. Water was great! A little cold but definitely swimmable after a hike on a hot day. The lake is split up into sections south east side has one smaller section in the larger side to the northwest. There is lots of rock and land in between to travel between the two sections. Beautiful back drop to the West mountains with several cascading waterfalls and snowcapped mountains. We were to the lake roughly 3 hours after breaking camp at the river. We didn’t camp there but noticed several nice camping spots on rock or grass overlooking the lake.

We left to hike back down at around 1:30.-2:00 it was warm close to 90. There are many trails around the leak so it’s easy to get lost if you don’t know which way you came in haha. Hike was warmer in the afternoon but nothing crazy. We crossed the river again and cooked food at the river. We left our tent and some stuff by the river and packed it all ip.. headed back out past Peat Lake to the Parking lot... about 6 miles. Beautiful walk and beautiful hike out as it was in. Well covered with trees not really exposed.... except more mosquitos... once again bring your face net and spray. They were super bad on the way out.... elevation and moisture make a difference but yea. The hike, the lake, the river, the camping and the scenery were all great. Highly recommend for a 2 full day trip.... we made it to the car by 9 pm but hiked 16 miles and went to the lake all in one day! I’ll be back:)

hiking
1 month ago

Did not make summit, stopped at ridge before due to friend not completely comfortable in the terrain. Still stunning views of Baker, Glacier, Stuart and Rainer. Started by hiking up to Peggy's pond and stayed the night. I came across the last part to Peggy's pond when it was getting dark, which was not ideal. It is loose, narrow in spots and route finding can be a little difficult. Peggy's pond is beautiful. Not too much snow to traverse, but we did bring our skis and did get to enjoy it off the top. Long way to carry skis, but always worth it. Worst part was the mosquitoes, they were brutal. Overall great hike, but taxing with a heavy pack.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked and stayed at spectacle like 7/9-7/10. Snow free the whole way. The hike itself is not hard if you’re in shape, but it is definitely long. My gps tracked 12.2 miles one way. Get ready to cross frigid lemah creek. You will definitely need to remove your boots/ shoes since it’s about knee deep and painfully cold (I am 6’2). The lakes are both spectacular. I brought an inner tube and floated around the whole inside section of spectacle lake. The water was the perfect temperature on a hot day. Keep your eyes peeled for wild life. We spotted a deer and what potentially could have been a cougar stalking it in the evening. All that was visible were eyes so have bear spray handy when that deep in the backcountry.

Sweet trail run!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for all ages and abilities, at the lake the trail splits off in many directions for you to either find your campsite or wander through someone else's if you just want to sit by the lake. there were a lot of people over the weekend, a few horseback riders, and many dogs off leash.

backpacking
1 month ago

This hike is actually 22 miles round trip but has some stunning views. It's 4 miles to Pete lake which is beautiful and then 7 more to Spectacle lake. There's still a lot of snow near the end of the hike but it is doable with just hiking boots. The temperatures at the lake dropped much lower than we were expecting so if you plan to camp up there, be prepared! The bridge about 2 miles from the lake is also out so you may have to go downstream a bit and wade across.

We got lost several times due to the lack of signage so make sure you have your AllTrails location on so you can direct yourself around and keep track of how far you have gone.

hiking
2 months ago

Was just here yesterday and it's a really great setting. Lots of views of the rivers, wildflowers were just starting to bloom, and no one around at all. We did run into snow at the last mile that was melting off. You need a northwest forest pass, or pay the five dollar fee. Would definitely hike again.

backpacking
10 months ago

addended: As said before, multiple cars at trailhead but in 2 days saw no-one

backpacking
10 months ago

This is a very good "breaking in" trail to get the season started. Very pleasant trail with a variety of scenery, waterfalls forest, large meadows, rocky peaks, good wildflowers. The only bummer is that when you reach the lake it is accessible by an ATV trail on the other side. I camped one night at the lake and only 1 motor cycle passed in the distance though. There's a table in a campsite there plau for more primitive sites walk half-way around the east side. The lake is more beautiful than the pix in various guide books as those pix only show the west peaks. The photo on this page shows the east peaks.

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked this trail with my wife and 4 kids. There are some beautiful views. The trail is fairly steep and not quite as easy as we were anticipating. It's definitely doable and worth it though. We had a great time.

hiking
11 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
Monday, August 14, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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
Monday, July 24, 2017

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.

backpacking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

19.5 miles by our gps. Very beautiful and awesome hike but be warned This time of year in mid July the mosquitos and gnats were horrendous, swarms even followed us up the snowfields on mount Daniel, so be prepared because every bug repellent failed except putting on more clothing. If your an average hiker/climber this is comfortably a 3 day 2 night trek. We were pushed for time and did it in 2 days but paid for it in very sore bodies. (Or packs we 50lb with heavy climbing gear though). Once you get to cathedral rock be prepared for many many trail intersections that can lead you astray from where your goal route is.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

backpacking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Nice Hike. Steeper than I expected.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

If you plug the directions into google maps, it doesn't take you quite to the trailhead - follow the sign and drive up to the right, as long as you have any kind of clearance your vehicle will be fine. Right now the snow skiffs cover the trail right after you cross a creek - continue forward, then to the right, and look for the sawed logs and you'll find the trail again. The trail is steeper than it's easy rating would imply, but well worth it for beautiful scenery!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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
Monday, June 19, 2017

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
Sunday, June 11, 2017

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.

Monday, June 05, 2017

All good and ready to go.

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