You are here: Home Find a Hike Trip Reports Escondido Lake #1320,Pete Lake #1323

Escondido Lake #1320,Pete Lake #1323

Sep 13, 2004

by HillSlug last modified Sep 10, 2008 02:54 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
Read More in our Hiking Guide
Hike: Escondido Lake
Region: Central Cascades
Trails: Escondido Lake (#1320)
Avg Rating: 2.25
Read More in our Hiking Guide
Hike: Pete Lake
Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Agency: Cle Elum Ranger District
Trails: Pete Lake (#1323)
Avg Rating: 2.78
Be Aware Of
Water on trail

I'm happy to report that the trail to Escondido Lake is in fine shape. It is quite steep in spots - after a short easy section after Pete Lake, the trail gains 800' in less than half a mile - but the trail has been built for hooves so the swithcbacks are fairly forgiving. There are several places on the way up that you may well want to pause and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall you're hiking alongside.

After sharply turning away from the nameless creek, the trail flattens out a bit, and at times it's even flat. Although the Lemah Creek and the lower section of Cooper River were much higher than they were last week, the crossing of the Cooper River just before the junction with the Waptus Pass trail is quick & easy.

When I arrived at the end of the trail, I wasn't aware that I'd arrived at the lake. There's a large meadow, but no lake. Follow the trail at the southeast end of the meadow and you'll soon be at the lake.

I imagine the meadow at Escondido Lake hosts quite a few animals at twilight. However, it's hunting season right now (I met up with about a half-dozen bow hunters; the thundersticks start arriving Wednesday, the 15th) and I imagine the large mammals have made themselves scarce. I came across elk prints the size of a Texas ruby grapefruit, but the elk itself wasn't about to show itself. I couldn't find a campsite at Escondido Lake that I liked, so I cooked my lunch and then headed back to Pete Lake. (There's a fabulous campsite at Escondido Lake that I would have used if it hadn't been right on the trail.)

I found a terrific campsite at Pete Lake. I woke up to a light rain that I watched grow more persistant as I ate breakfast. It rained the entire way back to the trailhead, so many of the normally muddy spots on the trail were down right sinkholes. (There are a few thicky mucky spots on the trail to Escondido Lake, as well.) Make sure your boots are laced on and that your gaiters are closed up!

Document Actions
  • Print this
  • Share

More hikes » Hike of the Week
Lewis River Trail (Apr 10)

Lewis River Trail

South Cascades

We're at the cusp of waterfall season! With five waterfalls in a 7-mile roundtrip, this Lewis River hike is one to keep on your April-June to-do list. If you're hiking with creaky knees or kiddos, take in the magnificent, close-in Lower Lewis River Falls. If you want a longer hike with some ups and downs, venture all the way to Taidnapum Falls, 3.5 miles in.

Get Trail News

Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking news, events, gear reviews and more.

What's Happening
Trails and Ales - Spokane 2014 Apr 22, 2014 Meet fellow hikers and raise a glass for trails!
Hiker Potluck in Vancouver May 28, 2014 Come out for an evening of great food, meet other hikers and learn what is happening on trails near you.
More »