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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.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 387 feet 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

A Recreation Pass required for this trail.

hiking
12 hours ago

Such a good time. Came at 11:30 on a Sunday. Full parking lot but easily parked just on the side road right at the trail head. Trail well maintained. Beautiful surroundings all the way to the lake. Some roots and rocks on the trail but other than that it is quite easy with minimal gain. Sitting at the lake will be good for your soul and the view of the mountain is unreal. My 3 year old daughter and 6 year old son had no issues hiking the entire way round trip, very family friendly. Highly recommend!!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
snow
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

The hike was an easy 2 miles in and 2 miles out with little elevation gain. The trail ends at the lake with a mountain looming over it. The scenery of the forest and of the mountain were spectacular. The only down side was that the only wild life we saw wore a MAGA hat.

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muddy
snow
4 days ago

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muddy
rocky
7 days ago

I rolled in around noon on a Sunday and didn’t have any trouble getting a parking spot. the four miles of forest road are in great shape and I made it up easily in my dodge grand caravan. there are some spots with potholes and large rocks, but I just went slow and everything was chill. the trail is muddy in spots but is a nice easy trail with gentle up and downs. the leaves are changing, temps are great, and there are a ton of cool mushrooms. the lake definitely had signs of heavy traffic and abuse from the summer, so I think the shoulder season is the time to camp here if you don’t want to deal with massive crowds.

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

easy..ish. Not easy like city trails. Rocks, roots, and mud provide a bit of a challenge. Not crowded at all on an overcast Saturday morning. Beautiful camping next to the lake.

hiking
muddy
rocky
22 days ago

A nice peaceful trail. Didn't see too many people out there today. Loved the view, and the hundreds species of mushrooms along the trail. We did find a nice chunk of Bears Head Tooth mushroom out there. The trail is muddy and ick in areas, however it is super easy.

hiking
23 days ago

Just purchased a couple of backpacking backpacks for our young(ish) kids 7 & 5, and this short trail was a perfect spot to test them out. The terrain is easy, mostly flat, some rocks and roots, but nothing too crazy, even in the rain. There are a few camping spots along the lake, and every one we checked out was nicer than the one before. But we settled on one with a pretty nice "private" beach (I think most of them had nice lake access). It even had a nice box toilet just up the hill, which with a couple of kids, in the middle of the night, in the rain... is almost indispensable. We had a great time, and will go again when we need a quick camping fix with not much time for a longer hike.

hiking
24 days ago

I've hiked this a few different times but never left a review!! Love this trail, very tranquil. Great for most skill levels, dogs and kids. The lake is beautiful at the end. Parking with bathroom at trailhead

recorded Barclay Lake Trail

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off trail
washed out
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

High humidity, breezeless, lush foliage, and moss-covered trees give this hike an elfin like feel. Gently undulating trail does have the some rocks and roots to traverse, making this the light side of a moderate trail. Early September, the stream was dry and virtually unnoticeable throughout the hike. Lake is very low, but the pay off is the vista of the massive cliffs on the other side of the lake, which are spectacular.

hiking
1 month ago

First things first, easy trail my bleep, bleep, bleepity bleep. People calling this easy haven't been on actual easy trails in the area, this is NOT comparable to trails like Old Sauk which is definitely easy. This is on par with Boulder River trail, definitely moderate. There are A LOT of rocks and A LOT of roots, you cannot just idly walk and enjoy scenery or you will eat the dirt. WTA was out this day, despite the WTA site saying the work party was Friday - no matter, they are always friendly and give way. They were working the mid to latter portions of the trail. The payoff makes the hike worth it, the views are STUNNING. The lake is very low, and I'm super bummed I didn't bring swimming shorts, next time! Very shaded walk, with a few sun breaks. Bugs aren't bad, privy at the trailhead, pay box on site if you don't have the proper pass, road is in a FS road, plan accordingly and watch for pot holes. It is definitely 4.4 miles round trip, elevation gain feels significantly higher than 387 feet, my FitBit says 48 floors for the hike, which it calculates as 10 feet at one time, 480 does seem more on par for the elevation, and it's not gradual, where it increases it's bursts of increase.

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike with a rewarding lake and mountain view at the end. Note that it's only accessible by a service drive with a gravel road.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

The perfect trail for anyone looking for a gentle, easy and not too busy time outside. The lake is lovely and the views as you arrive to it are great.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice hike. GPS took us here for the Heybrook Ridge hike. We were totally confused.... But it was still a great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Fishing was great, we caught lots of beautiful trout and had no problem casting since the level of the lake was pretty low. Trail was in great shape and an easy two mile walk each way. The river is dry and you can walk in the river bed and the lake has a very low water level as well. The day was overcast but the mountain still peaked out in the afternoon and it was absolutely incredible. Highly recommend, for all ages.

hiking
1 month ago

The lake was way down and the creek was dry. The trail was well maintained but lots of big roots so poles are a must! The Araceli/pothole drive to the trailhead was really NARROW AND CHALLENGING...

hiking
2 months ago

It rained the day before, and light showers when I hiked. Not that muddy, and very easy hike. It is only 4.4 miles round trip, NOT 8 miles like the other poster said. The lake at the end was really pretty, and perfect spot for camping. With 387ft elevation, it gives you enough ups and downs to keep you interested, but nothing too hard.

recorded Barclay Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Easy stroll to a quiet lake setting. May come back to camp someday.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

This trail should be marked Medium at least. The path is challenging with lots of large rocks. It is 8 miles round trip. It was gorgeous, but challenging with 3 kids.

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