The Hike To Washington’s Pretty Little Barclay Lake Is Short And Sweet

Regardless of their skill level or experience, nearly all hikers have two basic questions when choosing an adventure: How much effort is required? And what is the playoff at the end? The Lake Barclay Trail offers a high reward ratio. Many hikers express surprise about the scenery of the lake and the views of Baring Mountain that suddenly emerge at the end of the trail.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

The town of Baring is close enough to downtown Seattle (60 miles) and the trail is short enough that in the middle of the summer when the days are long, it is conceivable to complete this hike after a day’s work in the city. At other times, the trail provides reasons for lingering and study the plant life. For updated information about trail conditions, especially during the winter, visit the U.S. Forest Service website for the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.


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