Trail Name: Spectacle Lake, Park Lakes, Glacier Lake, PCT. I came across your blog while looking for information on Park Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/glacier-lake-trail We read some recent reports that mosquitoes were very bad in this area, so defended against them with Permethrin treatment on our clothing. Each of these will be treated below. Swiftcurrent Pass Trail. Foolishly we decided to take the freshly discovered alternative crossing. I didn't even have a camera at the time. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Up to this point we had complete solitude. Continue along the very difficult southwest (left) shore of Spectacle Lake, reaching a stream going into Spectacle Lake. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. stay tuned for how we spend days 2 & 3…, Your email address will not be published. Nearby, a glacier-fed stream merrily makes its way across rocks to the lake. In addition to the large, nearly 200-foot-tall glacier, the Argentinian park is home to an abundance of natural wonders, including two other large glaciers. Glacier Lake, Park Lakes & Spectacle Lake. Looking towards the far end of the lake are glacier and mountain views, with the Plain of Six Glaciers in the distance. Copious blueberries 4,000 and above. We setup the tent and explored the area for a while. We found a nice camp spot on the SE side of the lake and went for a nice swim in the swimming hole to wash off. Spectacle Lakes via Ypsilon Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 10.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. I estimated it to be around 70 degrees. This is a crowded area on weekends, so go mid-week or expect to fight for camp spots. We left Seattle at a nice leisurely 9:30 am and arrived at the Cle Elum Ranger Station around 11. I made a direct descent from Glacier to Spectacle Lake but the easier way is to take the Pacific Crest Trail (FST 2000) to the short Spectacle Lake Trail (FST 1306). The southern of the two flows from Glacier Lake through a meadowy glade and then cascades down a step in the valley in two significant steps. I would not recommend this for those with physical limitations or children and certainly not if there is any possibility of freezing weather. Permit Info: An overnight permit is required but can easily be obtained at the trail-head. The out-and-back segment from the PCT to Glacier Lake and Chikamin Lake is very challenging requiring class 2 and 3 scrambling and route finding skills. Sunny weekends can inspire hundreds to make the six-mile round-trip into the cove where icebergs thunder and calve during summer. We started at the Pete Lake trail about 10am. The defining feature near the East Entrance of Glacier National Park, the 10-mile St. Mary Lake is lined with recreational and scenic appeal. We circumvented the lake and picked up the dry creek bed before the rock rib on Spectacle’s southwest shore. We found a nice camp spot on the SE side of the lake and went for a nice swim in the swimming hole to wash off. This is a crowded area on weekends, so go mid-week or expect to fight for camp spots. Unfortunately the tree turned out to be inaccessible and the cairns stopped short to another bank, they probably marked an earlier season crossing when the main crossing was too fierce. It was a Wednesday, and so there weren't many cars in the parking lot, so the mozzies smelled us a mile away. Lots of smaller trout in the lake. Got to the Lake after about an hour and a half of hiking. Nestled at the base of Chikamin Ridge and just a short jaunt from the Pacific Crest Trail, this lake is one of the true gems of Snoqualmie Pass. We saw the first people on the whole trip at Spectacle Lake. Seattle, WA 98104. Added an unexpected 20 minutes to our crossing. After the crossing the trail weaves through a burned out section of forest and them began climbing up to Spectacle Lake. The route from Glacier to Chikamin? As you can see in the picture below the lake is almost divided by a long peninsular. Getting There: From Seattle, drive I90E to Cle Elum, then drive Hwy 903 for 18 miles. Candid Thoughts: A less challenging 1.3 mile hike one way from Logan Pass. Due to it's proximity to Seattle, you may have heard a lot about the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. There appeared to be some cairns marking the way towards a large downed tree. Spectacle Lake is truly worthy of the name - it's quite a sight to see. Overall, not a bad loop. We arrived around 4pm. After a decent upward gaunt of 0.4 miles along rocky ledges, arrive at a parkland at 4400 feet where the true beauty of the lake begins to shed it light. Then a cross country trek to Glacier lake and up Chikamin Peak. The segment from Cooper Lake, past Pete Lake to Lemah Creek lake is flat, forest walking and easy/pleasant. we did 3 days, you could do considerably more in this area. Hung the food and tucked up in bed by 8pm ready for a big day up to Glacier and Chickamin Lakes tomorrow. However, when we got to the other bank – we had to take a pretty extensive bushwhack through nasty thorny bushes before we were back at the trail. An excellent compromise, very close to home – was Spectacle Lake and beyond. Once the lake surface has frozen solid at least four to six inches thick and is safe for travel, people flock across on foot, ice skates, skis and bikes to enjoy a unique spectacle. Rae Glacier is most easily accessed by trail off to the right. Not that hungry, we eventually forced ourselves to cook our freeze dried goop and chow down a meal. The water was surprisingly warm. The out-and-back segment from the PCT to Glacier Lake and Chikamin Lake is very challenging requiring class 2 and 3 scrambling and route finding skills. Type of Trail: Out & Back. Turn left on Forest Road 46, crossing the river and after 3 miles turn right onto a gravel road – following signs for Cooper Lake. Trail scenery looks good too. Other than a few junction off-spurs on the way, a couple on horseback and a few hikers coming out, it was a fairly uneventful trip to Pete Lake. The third day was back out in … This 78-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail traverses beautiful country. St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail. On our way up to the Lake we ran into a Spanish PCT thru-hiker – he was almost running down the hill. The lake is surrounded by Mount Outram, Division Mountain, and Mount Erasmus. Tim was running a little heavier as he was packing in his Canon 5D for some spectacular shots. Go Hiking Trip Reports Spectacle Lake, Glacier Lake, Park Lakes. The trail hugs Cooper River, which reveals itself at various spots along the way – the river had a very pretty copper-blue tone to the riverbed that made you just want to run down the bank and jump right in. From here it was a long switchbacking hike down to the Lake. The segment from Cooper Lake, past Pete Lake to Lemah Creek lake is flat, forest walking and easy/pleasant. Permit Info: An overnight permit is required but can easily be obtained at the trail-head. After another 2 1/2 or 3 hours we arrived at our campsite at Spectacle Lake. Climbed from Spectacle to Glacier and on to the summit . No large mammals spotted. This is a crowded area on weekends, so go mid-week or expect to fight for camp spots. This creek is coming from Glacier Lake. Last week, Tim and I took a spontaneous mid-week 3-day backpacking trip in the Alpine Lakes area of the Cascades. This is a huge advantage for non-goretex light mesh style trail runners – they dry fast. The glacier can be seen over the mountains at the far end of Hidden Lake. I estimated it to be around 70 degrees. When you get to a fork in the trail go left and around the lake to get onto the peninsula; these appear to be the best camping spots. The hike starts out with a very easy 4 mi hike in to Pete Lake. The lake can be accessed via a 8.9 kilometres (5.5 miles) trail which starts near Saskatchewan River Crossing along the … He was also carrying a ULA and was curious what pack Tim had (GoLite Jam). The trail finally spurred off towards Spectacle. Mineral Creek trail turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be after reading reports from the last few years. But do you recommend 3 days on this trail? Delicious. We pulled out our socks and insoles (to allow shoes to dry faster on other side) and waded in with our shoes on. Another 30 minutes or so and we were at the Pete Lake trail head, close to the shore of Cooper Lake. Counter Clockwise 20+ mile loop starting at the Pete Lake TH (near Cooper Lake, FR 46) in the Wenatchee NF. We saw the first people on the whole trip at Spectacle Lake. He noticed my ULA pack and stopped to chat. Your email address will not be published. To reach Glacier Lake from Highway 80 west of Donner Summit, take the Highway 20 exit and follow it west 4 miles until you come to the turnoff to Bowman Lake. I headed down through Parks Lakes Basin and Mineral Creek to the road 4600 TH and stayed the night at the creek (~24 miles). https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/spectacle-lake There are three general trail approaches to the immediate vicinity of Spectacle Buttes: A) The Entiat River Trail to the Ice Lakes Trail, B) The Entiat River Trail to the Cool Creek Trail, and C) from Leroy Creek Basin to Ice Lakes by way of the divide south of Mt. We ate lunch on the shore of Pete Lake – I munched down my usual Day One , PB&J and fresh apple with a little beef jerky. The water was surprisingly warm. Encountered some noseeums at lower elevations but overall no bugs. Date of Trip: August 24-26th, 2011. My very first "real" summit. The same thing happened with fireworks, but a thousand years ago. The third and final day was very rainy and consisted of a 6-mile or so forest roadwalk back to the Pete Lake TH, hence no footage of third day (~30 miles total...if my count is correct). I finally made it to Glacier Lake and Spectacle Lake with the primary intent on rafting and fishing over three days. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Photo Credits: The crappy ones are from my iphone, the awesome ones are Tim's. Trail Name: Spectacle Lake, Park Lakes, Glacier Lake, PCT. The trail from Spectacle point down toward Glacier Lake is the most difficult/dangerous portion of this trip. Up to this point we had complete solitude. We kept going past the lake and crossed the river at the Spectacle short cut. This three day backpack in October 2007 took us to Spectacle Lake the first day. Date of Trip: August 24-26th, 2011. Saw only about 10 hikers total over the two days and a few hunters. The lake may provide opportunities for boating, fishing, or swimming but access will depend on specific rules. The trail is … It was beautiful the whole time we were up there. Difficulty: Hard. A road around Elbow Lake and along the scenic lake shoreline veers off the left. The trail was dry and so was the foliage. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. As we hiked though this section Tim has a Zen moment: he noticed that the hard-worn trail we were on had very aggressive growth at the sides. Spectacle Lake is fed by two major streams, each originating in the smaller lakes situated in the rocky terrain just east of the Cascade Crest. Share. Mineral Creek, Pete Lake, Spectacle Lake, Glacier Lake, Park Lakes, https://www.instagram.com/p/BKf_HJpBBMY/?taken-by=kentkangley. Why you should go: Hunt for a couple of lovely waterfalls set amid … Spectacle Lake Resort in Tonasket Washington is a campground or RV park with immediate access to a lake. Day 2: The next morning I went up to Chikamin Lake for lunch and an immediate change of weather conditions as it clouded up during lunch; rain was coming! 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Washington Trails Association 2 thoughts on “ Trip Report: Spectacle Lake, Glacier & Park Lakes – Day 2 ” John October 14, 2011 at 10:56 am. Distance: 30-ish miles. On the other side, I re-applied Hydropel to my feet to prevent blisters and put the dry socks on and insoles back in, within ten minutes of hiking the shoes were dried out again. Spectacle Lake, Glacier & Park Lakes – Day 2. Checking the scale before we left, my pack was coming in at just under 19lbs with water and 3-days of food. While only 1/2 mile in length, this trail is mighty steep, gaining access to the outlet of Spectacle Lake. Binoculars and a map will give you the best view. From Spectacle Lake (in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness), there is a nominal trail around the south side of the lake. As soon as we got out, a couple came right up to introduce themselves. Maude. Day one took me past Pete Lake, over Lemah creek (...rock hop only now) and along the PCT South to Spectacle Lake for Lunch (~11 miles). Important: Access to Rae Glacier is via trail to the right which soon accesses trail past the bear bins and food storage tower for scenic trail along the lake shore south towards Rae Glacier. Sperry Glacier from Hidden Lake Overlook. Parking at … Pete Lake trail head is here, people parking on the left, horse parking on the right. The St. Mary Visitor Center is located near the far end of the lake and entrance station, where visitors can find information about the park and pick up the free Going-to-the-Sun Road shuttle. The stream was over knee deep in spots, and flowing fast, but fairly easy to cross with poles. Glacier Lake But wait, there's more to do in close proximity to Glacier Lake. The temperature was pleasant and the bugs were minimal. Trip Report By. Snoqualmie Region. Sixty seconds later and he was on his way, cruising rapidly downhill clocking the miles before bedtime. Required fields are marked *, Trip Report: Spectacle Lake, Glacier & Park Lakes – Day 1. A sign at the trailhead warned us that the PCT bridge had washed out and the only option was to ford the creek. The section from Park Lakes Basin along Mineral Creek is brutal. Mountain Skills: None Spectacle Lake was actually my last destination on this trip, but it is generally the easiest to get to. However, we had to bush-whack most of the way because the trail was either overgrown or impassible. The trail (or wound), allowed there to be more light which allowed for more intense growth to heal itself. Distance: 15.9 miles. Distance: 30-ish miles. Take this paved road 5.5 miles to the turnoff to the Grouse Ridge Campground and Lookout. Spectacle Lake spur trail awaits your arrival at mile 9.5. Trip Report. Wildfire, Half Jesus, and I took the time to swim in Glacier Lake and the Deception Lakes as we passed through this glorious wilderness. If you are looking for a campground or RV park with a lake this one fits the mold. Trail Name: Spectacle Lake, Park Lakes, Glacier Lake, PCT. There are several options to access Spectacle Lake. 600 feet of elevation gain; Mostly on a boardwalk with stairs. Many of the epic trips we wanted to do were still suffering from high-elevation snows which would mean we couldn't do the mileage we wanted in our allotted time. The glacier lake formed by accident 80 years ago. Trail Conditions Obstacles on trail: Bridge out. We wanted to check-in on trail conditions and also needed to buy another NW Forest Pass (after leaving mine on the kitchen counter!). Type of Hike Multi-night backpack. Due to an unusually high snowpack this year, we struggled to find the perfect spot for our 3-days. Permit Info: An overnight permit is required but can easily be obtained at the trail-head. Rather than just jump right in, we scouted the bank for a drier option. Stay the night at Pacific Crest Trail Trailcamp 2420.9 - Delate Creek, and if you get bored of Glacier Lake you could also explore close by Spectacle Lake. There is no easy way to get to Glacier Lake. However, we didn’t pick up the cairn a short ways up the creek bed that marked the exit point to pick up the path to Glacier Lake. (~16 miles). Hi Brett, Great trip reports and photos. The trail is in terrible disrepair with lots of overgrowth, uneven surfaces and lots of minor blowdowns; it's a tough five miles; even going down. Some WTA reports suggested there was a tree down near the bridge that was crossable, but we decided to just do the ford anyway. This is spectacular off-trail scenery meant to be treasured by those who can figure it out for themselves. It is super steep and slick. The trees quickly regained their foliage and the trail opened up to pretty meadow views and crossed a foot bridge by a large waterfall. Nice read. Then in the afternoon I continued on the PCT to the Glacier Lake trail and spent the night at Glacier (total ~14 miles). From here it was a long switchbacking hike down to the Lake. Trip Report: Spectacle Lake, Glacier & Park Lakes – Day 2, How to Pack Ultralight for the West Coast Trail in under 10lbs. 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