Pete Lake Trail #1323

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

At a Glance

Operational Hours: June - October
Fees: $5/vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass, or Federal Interagency Recreation Pass required at 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. Bikes must use bike route trail 1323.1, or turn around at Wilderness Boundary.
Closest Towns: Roslyn, Cle Elum
Restroom: 2 vaults

General Information


Pete Lake Trailhead - From Cle Elum WA take Highway 903 N for about17 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 46 and follow for 5 miles and turn right on Forest Road 4616 and follow for1.5 miles to the  Pete Lake trailhead.

There are two trailhead for Pete Lake Trail. The horse truck/ trailer parking lot is to the left. All other users veer right into the hiker parking lot. 


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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Recreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
Difficulty Level: Easy


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:
Difficulty Level: Easy

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding: