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Spectacle Lake
Location Kittitas County, Washington
Basin countries United States
Surface area 77.8 acres (0.315 km2)
Surface elevation 4,265 ft (1,300 m)
Islands 0

Spectacle Lake is an alpine freshwater lake located on the northern skirt of Chikamin Peak and Lemah Mountain in Kittitas County on its western border with King County, Washington. Because of its proximity to surrounding peaks and mountains at the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the lake is a popular area for hiking, camping and fishing cutthroat trout. Other Alpine lakes are in the vicinity, including the Chikamin Lake, a short distance North, at the base of Chikamin Peak. To the South is Hibox Mountain.

Location

Spectacle Lake is located northeast of Snoqualmie Pass and The Summit at Snoqualmie. The trailhead is at Gold Creek Pond on the North shore of Keechelus Lake and South of Snoqualmie Pass on Interstate 90. It is situated within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, on land managed by Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Access

Spectacle Lake is by routes to Chikamin Ridge. The Pacific Crest Trail snakes north and south of Chikmain Ridge. Access is also reached by way of Mineral Creek Trail, or the much shorter trail that starts from the trailhead near Owhi Campground at Cooper Lake. Cooper Lake is stoked is stocked annually with several species of trout fish.

Cooper Lake leads to a relatively flat trail up to highly trafficked Pete Lake, four miles away. The trail borders the north shore of Pete Lake, approximately one mile from Pete Lake is Lemah Creek within the Lemah Meadows. The trail crosses to join the Pacific Crest Trail 2000.6, the location of the Lemah Creek fire of 2009, ending on the main Pacific Crest Trail 2000. The trails are located through several switchbacks and creek crossings, including Delate Creek over a large wooden bridge.

Climate

Spectacle Lake is located in a hemiboreal climate, part of the marine west coast climate zone of western North America.The average temperature is 2° C. The warmest month is August, with an average temperature of 16° C, and the coldest month is January, at an average of −8° C. The average rainfall is 1687 millimeters per year. The wettest month is December, with 247 millimeters of rain, and the least in July, with 33 millimeters of rain.

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