Pete Lake Trail #1323

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 
It’s 4 miles to Pete Lake itself, and the trail has a
gentle grade for most of it’s length, wth occasional steep stretches.Trail accesses Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day or Recreation Pass required. Day passes available at the trailhead. Discover Pass not valid on National Forest land.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required. The self-issuing permits are free and are available at trailheads.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File). Bikes must use bike route trail 1323.1, or turn around at Wilderness Boundary.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum,WA
Restroom: 2 vaults
Information Center: Cle Elum Ranger District, (509) 852-1100 

General Information

Directions:

Pete Lake Trailhead - From Cle Elum WA take WA-903 N for about 7.6 miles. Continue on Salmon La Sac Road for another 9.2 miles. Then take a left on Forest Road 46 and follow for 4.7 miles. Take a right on Forest Road 4616 and follow for about a half a mile to the turn off for Pete lake trailhead.


General Notes:
DESCRIPTION: It’s 4 miles to Pete Lake itself, and the trail has a gentle grade for most of it’s length, wth 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 at the 2.5 mile point. The trail intersects Tired Creek 1317 at 1.25 miles and then Road Tie 1323.1. The latter trail zigzags uphill
for 0.5 mile to FS Road 4616and forms part of a loop route for mountain bikes, (which are prohibited beyond the nearby 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 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 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 0.75mile to its junction with Pacific Crest Trail 2000.

Parking:
PARKING AND FACILITIES: The trailhead has parking for numerous vehicles, stock trailers, and toilets. 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.

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