Barclay Lake Trail

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Barclay Lake Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Baring, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
387 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

wild flowers

A Recreation Pass required for this trail.

13 days ago

Beautiful hike! Passed a few people on the trail going in (they were going out) No one was at the Lake. Very peaceful. & No bugs!

14 days ago

Great hike!!!

hiking
27 days ago

A simple little walk up a drainage to a lovely lake with plenty of beach area. The berries were ripe along the way. I assume the mountain views are beautiful, but they were all smoked in when we got there. This is a great beginners hike, or suitable for a quick day hike, but it tends to be really crowded, so don't go if you're looking for solitude.

1 month ago

Beautiful!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike for beginners and kids. Awesome overnighter as well. lots of camp spots with rock fire rings. Plenty of lake area to play in and the scenery is awesome.

1 month ago

Very easy trail. It had little elevation, but it was still a nice walk/hike. The lake is absolutely beautiful. Would do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike! Not too difficult but enough uphill/roots/rocks to present a bit of a challenge (keep in mind, I moved here from one of those flat states in the middle, so you’re mileage may vary). It was a bit hazy today, due to wildfire smoke, but still a pretty spot! Hung out by the lake for a bit and only saw a few other people. Got to the trailhead about 10 and only four other cars in lot...lots more when I left at 1 (especially for a Monday, I thought).

Last four miles of the drive to the trailhead are on a gravel road...the road isn’t in bad shape but not fun if you already have to pee!

hiking
1 month ago

took two 4 year olds. harder than anticipated but still not difficult. the lake is beautiful and totally worth it. took about 3 hours round trip with about an hour break in the middle for lunch

Easy trail, pretty views around the lake. Lots of camping spots, would be a nice place to backpack. Lots of children and families.

2 months ago

Even on an overcast day this was a great (easy) hike with a good payoff. The views of Baring Mountain and the lake were lovely.

Parking was full and there were lots-of other hikers, however we still found a solitary spot by the lake to rest, observe, and have a snack.

Hiked with 4 and 6 year olds who did this with ease!

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike with friends. It was nice to see young family backpacking in for the night

hiking
2 months ago

Great, easy, family-friendly hike with a beautiful payoff (Barclay Lake and stunning views of the Baring Mountain peak).

Tips:
Arrive early on nice days/weekends as there is limited parking
If you do arrive later in the day, be prepared to park down the hill and hoof it up the trail head (this might be the most strenuous part of the hike!)
There is a toilet at the trail head here, with another toilet about 3/4 of the way through the hike.

2 months ago

great for kids

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect for beginners!

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy hike, the lake is gorgeous at sunset. Went on a first date here in formal clothes and got lots of strange looks lol

3 months ago

Easy, lake, great view on the way

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail and easy hike for all ages. It was packed and parking was a slight issue but otherwise a great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike even in the rain! Trail was wet and had standing water, but was not terrible. Trail is in great condition and the campsites are clean. We will be back to backpack this summer!

3 months ago

It was a short and easy hike. Took me less than an hour to reach the lake. I had a dog with me and it was definitely a dog friendly trail, I’ve seen people hiking with their kids too. I arrived just before 8am and a few cars were already there, mostly for campers who are already camping at lake. Came back down little after 11am, parking lot was crowded and cars were parked along roads. Not sure if that was normal or because it was national trails day, free-fee day. It is a good trail for people who haven’t hiked for long time or people who are interested in primitive camping, there are several campsites w fire pits around the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great trail to do with kids! My almost 4 year old was able to hike this almost entirely on her own. Views weren’t super rewarding, but this was still an enjoyable little hike.

4 months ago

This is a lovely & easy hike. I got caught in the rain for most of the hike & that just made it all the better. Very low traffic so the woods are yours to enjoy. The lake is beautiful-when I was there, there was a light layer of fog across the top.

4 months ago

This was our second time hiking Barclay Lake, it really is wonderful little hike. The trail had some snow and slush but nothing a sturdy pair of running shoes couldn't handle. Potholes in the FS road were no big deal as long as you pay attention.

hiking
5 months ago

Snow has melted enough to get to the trailhead and through to Barclay Lake. Service road has dozens of potholes so do use caution if driving a lower vehicle. Trail was clear and takes you alongside the river, crossing a small bridge and then to the Lake. Stunning view straight up from the base of the mountains. The lake was still mostly covered by snow and ice, but it’s a tranquil spot. We even heard some of the snow pack cracking and falling down from the mountainside. Great hike for solitude and exploration.

hiking
7 months ago

Went here specifically for the snow and there was lots way before the trail head!! We didn't even make it to the trail head due to high levels of snow and fallen tree a mile from the trail head. But we got out and played in the snow for a little bit after getting unstuck and turning around. Hopefully it's better in a couple weeks :)

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike through old forest on the well maintained trail. Gorgeous view of the lake and mountains. On the weekends it might be too busy and no parking right at the start of the trail. Cheers!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy,great view of the mountain at the end of the road

hiking
7 months ago

Really enjoyable little trip through the woods. Service road up is in pretty good shape and the trail itself is a little muddy, a little slushy and a little crunchy.
Was hoping that the clouds would clear out so I could see Barring better, but I guess I’ll just have to go back.
There was a downed campsite at the far end of the trail that threw me off especially because I was by myself. Looks like it could have been collapsed under snow for a day or so. Strange because there were two cars in the parking lot but I saw no one the entire way up.Reported it to the ranger station when I got down.
Other than that, really nice easy trail with manageable snow.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. There was some snow on the last part of the road. The trail had some snow and ice - the bridge was particularly slippery!

Easy stroll with beautiful mountain views. The road up was fine today. There was about a 1/2 mile of snow/ice on the road. The trail is a mix of dry dirt, snow and ice. Micro Spikes were helpful but not an absolute necessity if you don't have them. Small lake, MT Baring is the center piece.

hiking
8 months ago

Mushroom hunting. Spectacular view of Mt. Baring.

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