It’s 4 miles to Pete Lake, and the trail has a gentle grade for most of its length, with occasional steep stretches. For the first 2.5 miles, it heads up the valley floor through old-growth forest, sometimes crossing small creeks. Mountain bikes are prohibited beyond the wilderness boundary at the 2.5 mile point. The trail intersects Tired Creek Trail 1317
at 1.25 miles and then Pete Lake Tie Trail 1323.1
. The latter trail zigzags uphill for 0.5 mile to Forest Road 4616 and forms part of a loop route for mountain bikes, (which are prohibited beyond the nearby Alpine Lakes Wilderness
boundary on 1323). The main trail continues up valley past the wilderness boundary and in 2 miles comes to Pete Lake and the junction with Waptus Pass Trail 1329
. The trail goes around the north shore of the lake and heads uphill through bluffs and forest for 1.3 miles to a junction with Lemah Meadow Trail 1323.2
, which takes off to the right (north) and uphill for about 1 mile to Lemah Meadows and a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail 2000.6. The main trail heads south, crossing Lemah Creek ford, and winds uphill through forest and small hills for 0.75 mile to its junction with Pacific Crest Trail 2000
The trailhead has toilets, and parking for numerous vehicles and stock trailers. Camping sites are available nearby on Cooper Lake at OWHI walk-in campground or Cayuse Horse Camp at Salmon La Sac. There is no water at the trailhead.