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.

backpacking
5 days 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
10 days 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
8 months ago

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

backpacking
8 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
10 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
10 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
10 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.

hiking
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 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.

backpacking
11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

backpacking
11 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice Hike. Steeper than I expected.

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

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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