The Spectacle Lake Trail begins and ends at Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000. This is a hiker only trail that accesses the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Follow Pete Lake Trail 1323 for 6.4 miles to its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail 2000. Follow the Pacific Crest Trail as it gradually climbs through a series of rocky switchbacks, crossing Delate Creek on a large wooden bridge often coated with waterfall mist. Continue through another series of switchbacks to the junction with Spectacle Lake Trail 1306 , and follow it about .75 mile to Spectacle Lake, at which point the trail dissolves into a series of footpaths. The Spectacle Lake basin is very fragile, so please stay on these footpaths, and in established camp spots.
At a Glance
$5/vehicle/day or Recreation Pass required at Pete Lake trailhead. Day passes available at the trailhead. Discover Pass not valid on National Forest land.
||Wilderness permits are required. The self-issuing permits are free and are available at trailheads.
||Hiker only. Wilderness regulations apply within Alpine Lakes Wilderness. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File)
||Cle Elum, WA
||A valid Recreation Pass required at Pete Lake trailhead.
||Cle Elum Ranger District, (509) 852-1100
From Cle Elum take State Highway 903 north about 16 miles to the turnoff for Cooper Lake, which is Forest Road 46. Follow this to the Cooper Lake turnoff on Forest Road 4616 and then left on 4616-113 to the Pete Lake trailhead.
The trailhead has parking for numerous vehicles, loading ramp for stock, 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.