Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 55 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.

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9 days ago

Was an amazing hike! Started at 10am and finished right at 1pm. Also took a dip in the lake, quiet chilly but totally worth it!

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13 days ago

Not too difficult of a hike with an beautiful lake at the top. Took about 45-50 min to get to top, less on the way down. Take your time at the top relaxing and swimming in the lake.

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28 days ago

Stunningly beautiful!

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

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1 month ago

My new favorite

1 month ago

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

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1 month 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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1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

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