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Blue Lake

Mount Baker Area, Washington

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  • Blue Lake trail register.- Blue Lake
  • Blueberries along the Blue Lake Trail.- Blue Lake
  • Mountain ash.- Blue Lake
  • First glimpse of Blue Lake from the trail.- Blue Lake
  • Peninsula on Blue Lake.- Blue Lake
  • Peninsula on Blue Lake.- Blue Lake
  • Peninsula on Blue Lake.- Blue Lake
  • An elevated campsite near the peninsula.- Blue Lake
  • Looking down on Blue Lake from the elevated campsite.- Blue Lake
  • Ripples and reflections in Blue Lake.- Blue Lake
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Fishing and backcountry camping.
Cons: 
Bugs in the summer.
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Region:
Mount Baker Area, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,900.00 ft (1,188.72 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Set neatly in a talus-strewn cirque, this little blue lake is about as pretty as they come. A nice place to relax after hiking nearby Dock Butte, Blue Lake is also a  popular spot for families as it offers trout fishing and backcountry camping.

Short and sweet, Blue Lake Trail leads just 0.75 miles out to the peaceful sub-alpine lake. Begin by walking 0.25 miles along Blue Lake Trail and head left at the junction. After another half mile you'll descend to the lake shore at 4,000 feet. Watch for berries along the way, as the trail is loaded with them in late summer. Head south along Blue Lake's eastern shore to reach a tiny, picturesque peninsula. Listen for pikas sounding off in the distance, take a dip in the icy waters, and grab a campsite if you can find one. Nearby, an elevated backcountry camping area is the best around for waking up to lakeside views.

Note: If you plan on fishing, a valid Washington State fishing license is required.

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