Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews

Blue Lake Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately 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
1040 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

old growth

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.

Perfect little hike, great for beginners. Blue Lake was PERFECT! will do this one again for sure!!

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3 days ago

My new favorite

4 days ago

Beautiful hike the whole way up! There were no bugs and well groomed trails.

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5 days ago

9 days ago

Beautiful, I would rate this easy. The smoke is cleared, the trail was in great condition. Even though the temperature was high the lake was to cold for me to swim but I did wade out. We even saw some Mountain Goats.

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27 days ago

Excellent hike with some great view points to the lake, and the lake was stunning. We were a group of six, ages from 8 to 70 and it was an easy hike for an 8-year-old, and was moderate for a 70-year-old.

28 days ago

Fantastic hike and the lake view at the end was incredible.

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1 month ago

went up Saturday July 15, 2017 weather was perfect and the hike was amazing.

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1 month ago

(7/13/17-Thursday) Fantastic hike. I started around 9:30am and had the trail mostly to myself. Only saw a few other hikers on the way up. On my return trip (around 1pm), it was super busy. Start early. No snow on the trail, but still plenty alongside it. Mostly shaded hike, with some breaks in the trees for stunning views along the way. Do not miss this one.

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1 month ago

hiked on 7/3/17. this was a nice hike with steady incline. there was still patches of snow on the ground, but not too bad, just be careful. you'll def get your get wet, so wear waterproof shoes. took us about 2.5 hrs to complete. blue lake was so clear and so beautiful. it was still partially frozen and snow covered and really cold. I took a dip and it felt amazing! would highly recommend this hike.

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1 month ago

Saw mountain goats some snow not too much. It was absolutely beautiful definitely would go again.

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9 months ago

Hiked Blue Lake on Saturday, October 22.

The entire trail was covered in snow. I recommend micro-spikes and trekking poles with snow baskets to help with traction and to prevent slipping. Most of the hiking trail was packed down snow and ranged from about 1.5 to 2 feet wide. I tracked a 5.3 mile roundtrip hike.

Breathtaking views all around and throughout the trail. Be sure to stop, look up and behind you to see these spectacular sights. Still some lingering golden larches out there. Enjoy!

9 months ago

10 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking. Between the yellow trees, snow and mountains I felt like I was in a winter wonderland. I could've spent all day there.
Relatively easy and short hike. Ice on the trail in quite a few spots tho.
Went yesterday, Wednesday, got to the trail about 9:30 only the 4th car. By the time I got back around 1 the parking lot was pretty full.