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Barclay Lake Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 387 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

A Recreation Pass is required for this trail.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass required Vault toilet available

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Skykomish District Tel: 360.677.2414 www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs

From Everett, E on US 2 to mile marker 41. Left (just past marker) on FSR 6024 4.6 miles to trailhead at end of road.

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Hiking

Such a nice walk in the woods to a beautiful lake and setting. Unfortunately, a dog came out of the woods and growled at me. When I confronted the owner he argued with me. So irresponsible. Hikes aren’t off leash dog parks for very good reasons. For all to enjoy nature leave your pets at home. If you must bring them, keep them on a leash and make sure they are trained.

Chuck Nordhoff
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOff trailScramble

We took the quick hike to Barclay Lake, and then scrambled our way up to Stone and the Eagle Lakes. Bushwhacking around Eagle Lake was a chore. We saw only a few people at Barclay, and zero people at Stone and Eagle. This route was a nice variation on the standard hike, but the scramble isn't for everyone. We encountered some mud and bugs, but nothing out of the ordinary. Lots of blow-downs on the gnarly scramble section!

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Brittany Herzog Photography
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Be prepared for a bumpy 4 mile drive up to the trailhead. Other then that I 100% recommend this hike to everyone! so much to see along the way to the lake. Lots of camping and areas to hang out. Also there’s so switchbacks for miles!! Definitely a PLUS!

Katie Bernal
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Bumpy 4 mile road up to the trailhead, but no too bad. It was a lovely trail, though lots of mud towards the lake. The lake was beautiful, and there weren't too many people compared to other trails in the area.

Miranda Roland
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HikingMuddyRocky

This trail definitely got muddy and a bit rocky at times, but otherwise was really easy! This is a great trail for dogs and kids, just make sure your dogs are friendly as I probably saw ~20 dogs there and back. There's some alternating shade and sunlight and plenty of pretty views. There are a couple of awkward moments just because when I went there were a fair amount of campers right alongside the trail.

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Katy B
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HikingMuddy

Very nice dog and family friendly hike to beautiful lake. Parking lot is small and was jam full, trails are also pretty crowded. Get here early if you like more isolation.

Courtney Klein
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HikingMuddy
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Dave Bringedahl
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Brandee Rae
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great trail - shaded majority of the way. It’s muddy/rocky with lots of roots. I’d recommend wearing boots to support your ankles. I only saw one group on the way in and 8 groups on my way out.... arrive early to beat crowds!

Lauren Skelly
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Walking

Pretty easy. Kinda creepy! Good for all ages. But so many potholes on the road up! Literally 20 minutes of potholes! And on top of that it’s a one lane road for two ways! Basically one road both sides share. But besides that really good trail!

Logan Johnson
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HikingMuddyRocky

A nice, fairly easy hike with very little steep sections and a great payoff in the form of amazing views of neighboring mountains towering above the valley. Did this one after work on a sunny Monday afternoon. Trailhead was completely full upon 4 pm arrival, with a dozen cars parked down the road. Road was in decent shape. A few potholes but I’ve seen much worse than that. Trail is fairly muddy in spots. But overall not terrible. Beautiful large trees in the forest during the first mile, and a cool bridge over Barclay Creek. The lake doesn’t disappoint, and the views of Baring are nothing short of breathtaking. Great easy hike with beautiful views and some nice camping spots along the lake!

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Mariana S
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HikingMuddy

I can totally understand why so many families come with small children and dogs - this is a very, very easy hike that leads you to a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Great spots to camp, and truly a super easy hike with great rewards. It was muddy when I hiked.

Nicole Donohue
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Hiking

My friends and I hiked Barclay this afternoon. The trail is in good shape considering the rain we’ve had recently. Most of the trail is muddy but it’s not that big of a deal. The deeper spots were about 2 inches. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and you’ll be just fine. There was low clouds while we were there so sadly no views of the magnificent Mt Barring. Happy Hiking. Don’t forget your 10 essentials!

Cheyenne Craft
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HikingMuddy
hikeandphoto TF
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Hiking

Arrived at 7:30am, arrived at the end around 9:30. Plenty of campers packing up and we passed a large group of fathers/sons that had clearly camped the night before on the way up. This was my second visit, beautiful hike but didn't get to see Mt Baring due to clouds. Was back down by 11:30am, passed 17 groups without masks, 1 had partial coverage and only 1 group where everyone had masks. Trail is in decent shape, tight in some spots, occasionally had spots to step off-trail for social distancing but please bring/wear your masks just for when you pass folks.

WKJhikes Jones
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HikingMuddy

Easy, beautiful hike. started at 8 AM on a Friday, parking lot had 20+ cars. Lots of campers, made it hard to find a place to enjoy the lake. We passed many hikers on the way back, everyone was courteous and maintained distance.

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Jim M.
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Hiking

Report for Thursday, 6/25/20. Got to trailhead around 9:45. Parking lot full and about 6 cars parked along side of road. About 50% of people wearing masks. Trail in fine shape. Very pretty hike. Returned to cars around noon with provably 20-25 cars parked along road. I’d hate to see this trail on a weekend.

Dave Potter
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HikingMuddyOver grown

It was a little overgrown at spots, but in general it was spectacular! We hit the trailhead at 9 am but by the time we were on the way back it felt very crowded. Several large groups with mixed mask use. As always, the earlier the better!

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