Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Blue Lake Trail is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Randle, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,814 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

camping
30 days ago

Little late getting this review in as we spent the night up here over Labor Day before heading to Mt Adams. The trail itself is actually only 2.5 miles. All trails had it at almost 4.3 miles but that was coming from the campground. There is a road (that some mistake as a trail) that takes you up to the trail head. Like others have said, it is a pretty good gain. I took some pics but those don’t always do the gain justice. It was a peaceful hike and for most of it can hear the creek so was soothing. Came across a few day hikers, but only one other couple up camping for the night so pretty quiet in the evening. Fairly new batch of frogs as ran across a few hundred babies still congregating together in groups (like when tadpoles) so that was pretty cool. Lake was gorgeous. There were a handful of established sites for camping. Would have given it 5 stars if not for the ORV trail that interests. Not a fan of the noise and trash that comes along with motorized vehicle use. Although it did appear that someone had been up recently cleaning as there were 2 trash bags full of garbage. Overall it was a great hike and would definitely head up that way again. Hope you enjoy the pics. Oh and as far as the road issues, those are all cleared up so no worries there.

hiking
2 months ago

we did this after hiking 6 miles on goat ridge and phew were we tired! the climb is definitely not for wimps as there are no switchbacks and lots of elevation gain in a short three miles. never mind that you’re already at a little altitude to start. you’re basically slow marching, knees up! there are even steps cut in with stone in a few spots. we had to laugh as we descended because we were again surprised at the incline in some spots. nice trail, beautiful lake, amazing basalt walls. the dogs had a blast swimming and there wasn’t a sole in sight so it was quiet. be aware of the road leading to the trailhead, it’s small and barely hanging on in one spot.

hiking
3 months ago

I would recommend go now it is in perfect condition. No snow, trail groomed, thank you parks department. Lake was in great condition, look forward to the next visit, the only down draw to this hike was the incline gain with elevation. No switch backs though.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail in good condition. The lake is beautiful.

off road driving
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The trail is a bit busy with motorcycles but I'm into that so it doesn't bother me. The trail isn't closed per se but the road to it is washed out and construction crews are currently working on it and should have it passable by the fall. It is accessible by the Valley trail until then.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Drove 2 hours and the trail was closed! Maybe AllTrails could add trail status to its app

hiking
1 month ago