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1 day ago

I did this trail on the way to Tuck and Robin Lakes. Very easy access to the trail which means tons of hikers. Everybody is nice that I met but the bathrooms are closed here at the trailhead so plan for that.

The trail has many small stream crossings so waterproof boots would help a lot. I counted three large camp sites at this area (trailside) and I'm sure they're more if you managed to make it to the other side of Hyas Lake.

Beautiful place and if you are looking to get out with minimal effort, this is the place to go.
Just take your time and look at the wild paintbrush in bloom through the meadows

Happy Hiking y'all.


16 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.

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:)

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.

1 month ago

Great minimal elevation backpack trip! Skeeters were a bit much till you get past the marsh area, but were fine at the lake. Site was large, clean and has a wilderness toilet near by.

This was an easy and fun hike. The lake is so beautiful! I would give it 5 Stars except the bathrooms are boarded up at the trailhead and there's tons of people. lots of great camping spots and spectacular views!

1 month ago

Perfect hike for capable young kids. My buddy and I took our kids (Ages: 9, 7, 6, & 5) over the weekend up the Deception Pass trail to Hyas Lake or an over night camp experience. Achievable for all ages with a little help for the youngest. A fair number of creek crossings. Suggest waterproof boots. Minor bugs, but recommend repellent. The lake was swollen with snowmelt run off. Fortunate to find a camp spot. Would recommend early arrival to stake a claim. Definitely coming back as there is more to explore.

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.

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.

9 months ago

Easy hike, no mosquitoes, some snow on the ground.. worth the 45 min drive to get to the trailhead going 20mph . Peaceful hike!

10 months ago

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

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.

11 months ago

Quick and easy walk to the lake. Gorgeous views and the water is incredible if you decide to go for a swim.

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.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Short and flat. Quick hike, less than 60 min to reach the lake. Beautiful spot and able to swim. Pretty buggy.

Long drive (45 min once on logging road) so if I were to do it again I would go deeper and backpack, or trail run.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

hike in friday, lots of mosquito s at higher elevations. no fires allowed at lake. great view

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.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Be sure to visit Sprite Lake

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.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Nice Hike. Steeper than I expected.

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 08, 2017

Snow everywhere! The road is washed out about three miles from the trailhead and there is water over the road.

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.

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!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A great easy hike to a beautiful peaceful lake with gorgeous views. Some small creeks to cross I recommend going all the way around the lake.

Friday, July 08, 2016

The trail doesn't look like it gets a lot of use, the first mile was pretty overgrown while the upper section follows a dry rocky creek bed up to the pass. From the pass there are great views of The Cradle to the east and Mt Daniel to the west and several exploring options to the north and south

Sunday, October 18, 2015

We hiked in the middle of October & the colours were incredible. We went all the way into Gallagher Lake & it was round trip a 5 hour hike. Lots of cars in the parking lot, but barely saw anyone on the trail. Lots of creeks for the dogs to drink. Cant wait to do it again in the Spring.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

My wife and I did this as day hike. It was a beautiful fall day, cool in the morning (upper 40s) and into the 70s in the afternoon. The fall colors among the undergrowth were amazing, and Spectacle Lake is great, well worth it.

Note: We found a pair of prescription eyeglasses by the waterfall. Anybody missing them call me at (425) 443 2385.

The road to the trail is paved until the last few miles which is the usual potholed gravel, but passable in our little hatchback.
The trailhead is at Cooper Lake, and from there the path goes past Pete Lake, across the river (easy to cross in September with low flows), joins up with the PCT, and then there's a 1/2 mile spur to the lake.
We clocked it as 18 miles round trip. The path is pretty flat for most of the way. The last mile or two are fairly steady switchbacks with about 1500 feet net elevation gain, but few rocky or rooty patches. So overall, it's a relatively easy path, just long for a day hike. We left the trailhead at 8am, and with time spent at the lake didn't get back until 8pm, about an hour after dark.
Most of the trail is open to horses, so you'll find the usual presents along the way, but it makes for a wide and easy trail.
The first half of the trail up to Pete Lake and beyond is fairly open forest, but with no views. The second half goes along the PCT through a forest fire from a few years back and this gives great views out into the valley and the mountains beyond.
Spectacle Lake is one of the prettiest lakes I've seen the Alpine Wilderness. It has a rock isthmus you can walk along and lots of good places to camp or just take a lunch break. Highly recommended.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Nice easy trail to a beautiful calm lake. Didn't see wildlife, other than chipmunks but did see tracks and evidence if large game.

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