Pear Lake Backcountry Campsite is a single site on the northeast side of Pear Lake, a crystalline lake at the base of 13,176-foot Copeland Mountain on the south side of Wild Basin. The site, sitting in an open forest of subalpine firs, is popular so make a reservation well in advance of your visit. Pear Lake, named for its shape, is reached by hiking 6.6 miles on Finch Lake Trail, passing Finch Lake Campsite. Allow five to seven hours to backpack to the lake from Finch Lake Trailhead. The trail gains 2,110 feet from the trailhead to the 10,580-foot site. There is no privy at the campsite so bring wag bags for human waste. Water is available from Pear Creek below the lake. Treat or boil water before use. The campsite isn’t free of snow until early July.
Recommended season(s): July to September.
—Stewart M. Green