Eagle Lake

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Trail Distance: 8.6 miles
Time Estimate: 4 hrs 10 mins
Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
Leash Rule: Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: $5 - $30
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Eagle Lake Trail sits between Townsend and Merchant Peaks in the Wild Sky Wilderness. There are 2 approaches to the trail: one from Skykomish along Forest Road 6514 that will require a heavy duty, high clearance vehicle to navigate the last 2 miles of the road leading to the trailhead, and another that takes advantage of an easy preliminary trail approachable with any vehicle. 


While Barclay Lake Trail, which leads to the Eagle Lake Trail, is a pleasant and oft-travelled route with well-marked trail signs and a relatively clear surface, the leg that leads to Eagle Lake is difficult to find once you get past the trailhead marker. While on the Barclay Lake Trail, you are surrounded by trillium and ferns as you ascend only 200 feet along Barclay Creek, and dense forest of douglas Fir, cedar and hemlock. 

Eagle Lake Trail is hardly marked and is only detectable by stone cairns left by previous hikers, though those hikers willing to meet the challenges of Eagle Lake are few. Once you have found the trail and made your way through the dense forest and unmanicured undergrowth, you'll discover you need to climb several thousand feet almost straight up over a slope littered with fallen boulders and smaller rocks until you reach the lake. Steep and relentless,  and sometimes muddy and wet, the Eagle Lake Trail rewards intrepid hikers and their fearless Fidos with a magnificent view of the lake, a rustic old trapper's cabin and lakeside tent camping sites, with the rocky Merchant Peak soaring above. 

If you continue climbing a short way more, you'll soon drop down into Paradise Meadows, which lives up to its name, being filled with wildflowers, babbling streams and butterflies. It's here you'll find wild lilies, marsh marigolds, heather, and mountain laurel, along with white and pink shooting stars and elephant's head plants. The meadow is like the icing on a particularly delicious cake.

If you and your pooch are in for a truly challenging and invigorating hike, Eagle Lake is the trail for you!

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Muddy, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, Lake, Mountains
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

This trail has muddy, slippery sections, especially after a rainfall, as well as a boulder field to traverse. Wear good quality, sturdy hiking boots and bring rain gear to ward off getting soaked by the shrubs and other undergrowth you'll pass after rain.

Address
National Forest Road 6024
Baring, WA 98251
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Address
National Forest Road 6024
Baring, WA 98251
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
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