There’s Something Magical About These 11 Washington Lakes In The Summer

The countdown is on until the long, warm days of summer and Washingtonians are ready to get outside. We’re fortunate enough to have nearly 8,000 lakes in our state, many of which make great destinations for sunny days. These 11 especially are perfect for making new summer memories and are the best lakes in Washington state.

Do you have a favorite lake for summer fun? Which do you think are the best lakes in Washington?

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Lakes in Washington State

May 28, 2022

What’s the most beautiful lake in Washington?

Colchuck Lake

The most beautiful lake in Washington state is most definitely Colchuck Lake. Colchuck Lake is a glacial lake meaning that it gets is brilliant blue colors from the snow melt of the surrounding mountains. When you see it for the first time it's truly stunning to see such beautiful crystal clear blue water. To reach Colchuck Lake, is a 9 mile round-trip hike that has plenty of steep parts. However, the difficult hike is undoubtably worth the incredible view you will get of the beautiful waters of Colchuck Lake surrounded by the towering mountains and pines. If you are looking for the most beautiful lake in Washington, look no further than Colchuck Lake.

What is the most popular hike in Washington?

Lake 22 Trail

Lake 22 Trail is a 6 mile hike in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest that may be the most popular hike in Washington. With 1,500 feet of elevation gain, the hike definitely isn’t an easy stroll, but it’s far from the more difficult hikes that can be found throughout Washington. Once you reach alpine Lake 22, it will be easy to see why so many people love this hike, as there is nothing quite like the breathtaking view of Lake 22 with Mount Pilchuck towering overhead.

What is the most scenic waterfall hike in Washington?

Franklin Falls Trail

Franklin Falls Trail is the most scenic waterfall hike in Washington state. This two-mile trail will take you up to the giant 70 foot drop that is the final part of Franklin Falls and is a sight to behold. Popular throughout the year, no matter what season you visit in, you won’t be disappointed by this beautiful and scenic trail.