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Pete Lake

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
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Length

9.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.

Rating

3.40 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2019
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Pete Lake is the headwater of the Cooper River, the most significant waterway of the Salmon la Sac region. The trail to the lake is one of the more popular hiking pathways on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass, with its diversity of uses and wildlife. It is enjoyable for campers, hikers, and birders. Climbers use it as a staging area for tackling Big Summit Chief and Chimney Rock.

From the parking area the trail heads northwest into the forest, at times hugging the Cooper River. Pass under towering old growth western white pine, Douglas fir, western hemlock, mountain hemlock, and Engelmann spruce—you may need to check cones to tell who’s who! The trail has a mild amount of up-and-down, some of which results from crossing eight easily-forded creeks. Pack animals walk this trail, too, so watch your steps.

The trail’s grade and direction are consistent; 4.5 miles from and 400 feet higher than your starting point, bootpaths diverge and reach out to campsites at the shore of the lake. Along the way and at the lake, you may notice hummingbirds, common mergansers, pine siskins, evening grosbeaks, fishers, and martens. Deer, bobcats, coyotes, and cougar prowl this area. Also be cautious for wildflower overload: the list includes but is not limited to oxeye daisy, lupine, paintbrush, fireweed, Columbia lily, thimbleberry, salmonberry, candyflower, Queen Anne’s lace, buttercup, heartleaf arnica, western columbine, queen’s cup, and bunchberry dogwood.

When you reach the lake, which sits in a broad basin, apply your bug spray, for the mosquitoes love this lake, too. Watch the birds, photograph the flowers, or take a swim in the shallow waters. When the weather is clear and the waters are calm, Chimney Rock to the left and Big Summit Chief to the right, both to the northwest, are reflected in the waters.

 

Pete Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4350, -121.1855 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Pete Lake (#1323)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208 map

Getting There

From Seattle, drive east on I-90 and take exit 80 (Roslyn/Salmon la Sac). Turn left (north) onto Bullfrog Road. Drive it for 2.8 miles, passing through two traffic circles. Exit the second traffic circle onto WA-903 north, driving through Roslyn and past Cle Elum Lake to a junction with FR-46. (From I-90 this is a total of 16.8 miles.)

Turn left (west) on FR-46 (signed for FR 4600) and follow 4.7 miles. Turn right on FR-4616 and continue 1 mile to the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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