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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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1 day ago

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1 day ago

Beautiful lake! Worth the hike up. People were considerate and were wearing masks. Couple trees were down on the trail, but nothing that can’t be crossed. Last half mile has some snow patches. Poles helped there.

hiking
3 days ago

Fun and beautiful trail for the kiddos with an amazing view of a stunning lake. Love the hike. Bring insect repellent. Happy hiking!

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3 days ago

Even a blind person would give this 5 stars! Kidding aside, great views of Blue Lake and the mountains surrounding it. The lake ice was melted on the sides where you could see the rocks and trees in the bottom of the lake. Saw 2 mountain goats on the way back. There are some down trees on the trail but it wasn't too bad to get around them. There's snow on the way there and at the loop near the lake. The snow in the loop was harder to navigate because of how much there was and the cover up of trail so had to use the app to find it.

Very pleasant, mellow hike to a gorgeous alpine lake. Managed without micro spikes, but put them on to make the decent through 3-4 snowy/icy patches easier. Lake is partially still frozen but I suspect that will soon change.

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blowdown
snow
5 days ago

The trail had spots of snow close to the top. Only one blow down that took a little bit to get around. Great hike with amazing views along the way. Picked up trash that was laying on the ground at the top. Filled half a bag. Wish people would pickup after themselves.

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7 days ago

The lake is still mostly frozen but so beautiful especially with the mountains! There are some fallen trees along the way and the last 1/2 mile to the lake has some fairly icy/snowy spots, but I made it in my everyday running shoes.

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7 days ago

It looks like this trail is in the National Forest and dogs are allowed, true?

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7 days ago

6/28/20 lower part muddy, upper part snow. Gorgeous views. Lake still mostly frozen

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8 days ago

Went hiking 6/25 snow on the last half of the hike but worth it to see the lake. mostly frozen over but enough was thawed to see the beautiful blue lake around the edges.

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snow
10 days ago

My fiancée and I hiked this on 6/25/20. The last half mile was snowy, but enough has melted away that getting to the lake is doable without crampons or poles. Just follow the footprints in the snow and enjoy this beautiful hike.

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scramble
snow
10 days ago

My fiancée and I hiked this on 6/25/20. The last half mile was snowy, but enough has melted away that getting to the lake is doable without crampons or poles. Just follow the footprints in the snow and enjoy this beautiful hike.

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snow
13 days ago

Should have checked more comments before going! The trail is all covered with snow! We felt pretty good about tracking on and the lake was beautiful though mostly frozen over. On our way down though, we could not find the trail at ALL and got lost. We just had to head down the mountain slipping and sliding until we ran into highway 20. Definitely wait for more snow to melt. Very beautiful views and a close at hand mountain goat meeting!

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snow
17 days ago

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21 days ago

Went for a casual hike without checking alltrails first and I regret it! Trail is covered with snow from the start, with only a few parts fully melted on some of the switchbacks. Didn't make it to the lake, though there were some good views on the way. Afraid of getting turned around after the footprints I was following diverged and turned back. I am sure it is worthwhile with the right equipment and a good map/gps...

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25 days ago

Did this hike in October and loved it! Full of larch trees and a light snow dusting. Went on a weekend so there was a good amount of people on the trail. Started around 12 and the lot had a few spots open.

28 days ago

Don't go yet! The trail is covered of snow from beginning to the end. We cut through and followed some ski trails but couldn't make it completely. It will need a few more weeks for the snow on the trail to clear..

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icy
1 month ago

fun hike. bring your ice skates

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