Blue Lake

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Trail Distance: 5.3 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 958 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Blue Lake Trail in Gilbert is part of the North Cascades National Park. It's a summer time only hike, best used from April to October, though it's open any time the snow is clear. The highway that leads you to the Blue Lake Trailhead is closed in the winter! Though the view is surely gorgeous in the snow, the remote location and steep climb means it's probably best that it's not tempting you year-round. 


The Blue Lake Trail is an absolutely gorgeous 5.3 mile trek through pristine parklands. The trail takes you up and down along the mountainside near this remote lake. If you can wrangle a fishing permit, this long hike could turn into an all day event. The lake is full of trout, and the water is crisp, cold, and beautiful even in the height of summer. You can lounge by the lake or take a break higher up the trail for a view of the entire thing--and the rest of the valley besides! 

Your dog will love to join you on this trail because there's so much to smell. From deer to squirrels, birds and more, wildlife is bountiful in this park. While you don't want to meet any of these animals personally, the traces they leave behind will have your dog's nose working overtime! Keep a firm grip on the leash to make sure Spot's dreams of wolf-like glory don't have a chance to come true! The varied terrain is also great for your dog. The hard packed dirt path is easy on the paws, making it a pleasure to keep up with you! 

You'll want to wear comfortable, broken in hiking boots for a trek of this length. Bring in everything you need, because you're far from a ranger station. Both water and a snack (for you and your dog!) are essentials for a hike this long. 

Blue Lake Trail is a pawsome exploration opportunity for you and your dog! 

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Ticks are growing more and more common in Washington. Protect yourself and your dog. Tuck your pants into your socks and avoid ploughing through tall grass and brush whenever possible. Check your dog for ticks at the end of your hike!
Address
North Cascades Hwy / SR 20
Gilbert, WA 98862
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Address
North Cascades Hwy / SR 20
Gilbert, WA 98862
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset