Blue Lake Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Stehekin, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until November.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 958 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

rocky

snow

no dogs

A moderately easy and extremely beautiful hike through sub-alpine forest to a iridescent blue lake with water as clear as gin. Sit and watch the native cutthroat trout feed as you sit atop one of many boulders that line the lake's banks. As so many trails like it along the North Cascades Highway, Blue Lake is brimming with majesty. Dense old growth forest butts against new growth of the last century. These trees line your path for the majority of the walk, occasionally opening just enough to reveal prominent landmarks like Liberty Bell and Winter Spires from unique angles. Once at the end of the trail you are welcomed by a sub-alpine lake feeding a creek all powered by glacier and run-off water. Stop and take a drink. It's good clean water and you'll want it by the time you reach the end of the trail here. As you pass the creek's head, you'll notice the remnants of a sunken old beaver dam and water logged branches six or seven inches below the surface before it bottlenecks in to the creek. Look closer and you'll see dozens of wild native Cutthroat in the 6-9" range darting for food, trapped between the logs upstream and the long bumpy ride down stream to who knows where. The lake has a trail along its bank on one side.

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5 days ago

fun hike. bring your ice skates

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14 days ago

18 days ago

sin duda alguna uno de los mejores senderos por los que he andado, con una gran recompensa al final de la montaña

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Pretty sure dogs were allowed though. The sign said so at the time, just keep them on a leash.

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2 months ago

Incredible!

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snow
5 months ago

22 degrees when arrived at trailhead. A couple feet of snow on the ground but trail had been well used and easy to follow. took us 1.5 hrs to reach the lake. It was completely snow covered and serene. We were the only ones there for a while. This one is a high level easy not really moderate even in snow. KEEP HIKING!

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snow
6 months ago

The road to the trailhead is clear of snow (as of 11/13). I'd rate the trail as easy. It was mostly covered in snow/ice and I recommend using micro-spikes (and by the lake, there's deep snow). You'll get alpine wonderland sights of mountains, a frozen lake covered in snow, and you'll be glad you did this :) Will definitely come back in the Summer! Absolutely stunning!

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snow
6 months ago

Easy hike but for the ice. Shoes with traction recommended. So fun to see ice skaters at the frozen lake!

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6 months ago

Trail was easily accessible. So glad we brought spikes as there was ice and snow. The lake was frozen and snow on the trail. Amazing views!!!!

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snow
6 months ago

Great trail especially if you’ve only got a limited time. I did this hike on Monday morning and I’d say 90% of the trail is icy/snow covered. Don’t let that keep you away though; I did the hike with no spikes or poles and made it to the lake within 45 minutes (including stopping for photos). Get there early and beat the crowd. Side note: the lake was iced over except for a few corners.

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snow
7 months ago

Beautiful day October 27th 2019. Ice, snow and cold. Nice hike with gorgeous snowy mountains and golden larches.

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Started around 10:45am and finished around 1pm. Overall good hike— well worth the lake views! Ice and snow at top—microspikes would help, although I did the hike without. Muddy start!

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7 months ago

I started this trail around 3pm on Saturday Oct 12, 1019 and the parking lot was about half full. The weather was about 50 degrees so cold enough to need some light jackets but not too cold that you need a winter jacket given you’ll be getting a decent workout. The trail was a little muddy and slightly snowy at top but nothing you’d need spikes for (unless it snows, always check the weather report). The views at the lookout are amazing!! If you go a little further down the “Lake” view (there are signs) you can get a better panoramic of the entire lake and mountains with all the larches.

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Beautiful hike. You may need snow tracks or spikes as there is a fair amount of snow on the trail. The lake is spectacular.

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7 months ago

This is a beautiful hike in north cascades area! The drive to trailhead itself is so beautiful. This dog friendly hike is a great fir beginners. You may need spikes as snow had accumulated on most of the trail. Now coming to the highlight of this hike - Larches!!! Larch season has sprung and this trail has abundance of beautiful vistas with the golden tree!! Finally at the lake, the blue color is beautiful and totally worth going through the low temperatures! Overall this hike took us 3.5 hours RT. We spent a lot of time taking pictures. Restroom is decent- get your sanitizer.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

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