Adventure Projects is hiring a web engineer to join us in Boulder, CO
Trail Run Project Logo

Blue Lake

 4.5 (8)

2.2 Miles 3.5 Kilometers


82%

Runnable

957' 292 m

Ascent

-70' -21 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

6,272' 1,912 m

High

5,385' 1,641 m

Low

Shared By Ryan W

Conditions


Bad / Closed 47 days ago
Wildfire History

Getting forecast...

With stunning views of the nearby mountains, this trail leads through a forest to a majestic sub-alpine lake

Ryan W

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake

The North Cascades Highway, which allows access to this trail, closes during the winter. Snow may obstruct the trail well after the highway re-opens.

Description

The trail to Blue Lake climbs through the forest via steep switchbacks up this sub-alpine lake. Surrounded by green forests and great rocky peaks, Blue Lake is great destination along the North Cascades Highway, and is a relatively easy route for those with less experience. The lake can sometimes be busy over the summer, so you may want to get an early start.

The trail begins running along the highway, but quickly turns away. It maintains a fair grade as it quickly climbs up to the lake. Your first view of the surrounding mountain ranges comes as you pass through a meadow a little under halfway along the trail. As you continue climbing, the trees slowly become scarce as amazing views of the mountains reveal themselves once again.

You'll likely hear the trickling of Blue Lake before it comes into view. Snow can remain on the far side of the lake well into the summer. Upon reaching the lake itself you are faced with a crossroads. The left path takes a short climb up overlooking the lake, though it descends and quickly becomes obstructed, and the right path heads to the lakeside itself. You'll have to cross a log bridge over a stream in order to get down to the lake, which may be difficult for those slightly less able. Upon crossing, most travel along the lakeside, though smaller side trails travel up into more secluded, higher areas with even better views.

You & This Trail


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 8 votes

#3996

Overall
  4.5 from 8 votes
5 Star
63%
4 Star
25%
3 Star
13%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#178

in Washington

#3,996

Overall
36 Views Last Month
248 Since Feb 29, 2016
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
25%
63%
13%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running