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Blue Lake Trail is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Trout Lake, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,181 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
Sat Jun 29 2019

Was going to backpack to Blue Lake from the Thomas Lake TH. Mosquitoes were there to greet me. Instead, just day hiked there. When I arrived, the mosquitoes swarmed, and I headed back to the car. There were very few patches of snow back off the trail. The trail is in good shape. There were about 15 cars at the TH; so, very popular. About two miles from the TH the road washed out, but my Prius V made it through. No problem.

hiking
Mon Aug 06 2018

The mosquitoes and the biting flies were the bane of my existence on this hike up to Blue Lake. It was incredibly beautiful but even covered in DEET I was swatting flies and mosquitoes for three hours straight. I could hardly enjoy myself.

Sat May 12 2018

a hard hike but so worth it.

Fri Aug 25 2017

Mosquitoes are horrid right now! Even covered in deet didn't slow them down. Such a bummer, had to leave trail soon after b/c we were covered.

Sat Jul 22 2017

short hike. Could get off the beaten path quiet easily.

backpacking
Tue Jul 19 2016

I expected warmer weather for July. 49 degrees at 11 am with fog so thick, you could not see any of the lakes along the hike. Once the incredibly strong winds died down the mosquitoes swarmed in. I think everyone out there packed up and left at the same time. Other than that, everything was beautiful.

hiking
Wed Aug 12 2015

Not sure if this the same trail for Blue lake but I start at Crest Camp Trailhead (Latitude: 45.90928 Longitude: -121.80252) which is of FR 60 in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The hike follows the PCT (trail # 2000) all the way up to Blue Lake. Though the trail is straight forward there is a slight turn off to the right just beyond the cutoff for the Indian Racetrack (trail # 171A). The trail that goes straight is the southern meeting of the abandoned Cascade Crest Trail. Continuing on the PCT you will come to series of switchback as you traverse up the slopes of Berry Mountain. This is the major climb of this hike though you do descend after the saddle between Berry Mountain and Gifford Peak to reach Blue Lake. This is good hike with great views of Mount Adams, Red Mountain, Mount Hood, and St Helens and at the end stunning blue lake with Gifford Peak as a back drop. My GPS had the total distance as 16.7 with elevation gain 2,290 ft with highest point reached 5,010 feet.

hiking
Wed Sep 04 2013

Mellow grade through lowland forest into blueberry littered subalpine then cut past the PCT to stumble upon this beautiful lake with waters clear as gin. Great for swimming and overnight camping. There are several trails that lead to the lake we happened to take this route in as an extended day hike. Blueberries were plentiful and the subalpine meadows gorgeous with multiple open flats for frolicking in the sun. The lake tends to be relatively secluded during the week but can pick up as goodly number of groups on the weekend, particularly the holiday weekends. Regardless, the waters and terrain are well worth it and the lake big enough to support many visitors while maintaining some degree of solitude. Continuing past the lake will bring you to several open subalpine flats with smaller shallow ponds and copious amounts of blueberries. Plenty todo throughout the Indian Heaven Wilderness.

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