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The Barclay Lake adventure might be considered in two parts. The most remarkable half of the adventure is reaching the lake and seeing Barclay Mountain rise from the shore and tower menacingly above. The sheer mountain face provides such an amazing view that it wouldn't be hard to spend an entire day just looking toward it's impressive peak, watching small avalanches fall off of its sheer mountain face.

The other half of the adventure, however, is just getting to the trailhead. Depending on the time of year, you may or may not be required to hike up the fairly steep Forest Service road that winds for miles up the mountain to the summer trailhead. If the snow allows for it, you'll make it to the top after navigating some potholes and a steep, twisting drive up. If the road is still blocked by the snow, you may be in luck. Because the trail is only 2 miles on an even grade with spectacular viewpoints, this can be a busy hike in the summer months. A snowy road almost guarantees that you'll have this Washington Wonder all to yourself. 

Recommended Gear

Before you head out on your next Mount Hood adventure, make sure you have the right gear! 

Here's a list of our go-to snowshoeing essentials to get you started:

Snowshoes: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe

Cushioned, Made in USA, Ultralight, 98.8 oz

Men's • $299.95 • MSR | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Women's • $299.95 • MSR | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Jacket/Shell: Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket

Waterproof, Adjustable Drawcord Hem, Pit Zips, GORE-TEX

Men's • $431-475 • Arc'teryx | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $475 • Arc'teryx | Amazon | Backcountry

Pack: Mammut Nirvana Pro Pack 

35L, Carry-On Size, Hip Belt, Ice Axe / Pole Loops, Hydration Compatible

Standard Fit • $189.95-199.95 • Mammut | Amazon | Backcountry

Small Fit • $199.95 • Mammut | Amazon

Insulating Layer: Moosejaw Dequindre Down Jacket

Water-resistant, Insulated, Adjustable Drawcord Hem

Men's and Women's • $179

Poles: Black Diamond Traverse Pole 

Aluminum, Adjustable with Lever Lock System, 21 oz.

$79.95 • Black Diamond | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Gloves: The North Face GORE-TEX Gloves

Waterproof, Adjustable, Insulated, GORE-TEX

Men's • $99.95-181.63 • The North Face | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $99.95-100.00 • The North Face | Backcountry

Boots: Vasque Snowblime UltraDry Boot

Waterproof, Cushioned, Insulated

Men's • $149.99 • Vasque | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $149.99 • Vasque | Amazon | Backcountry

Gaiters: Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiter 

Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight, Abrasion-resistant

Men's • $41.32-65 • Outdoor Research | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Women's • $49.95-65 • Outdoor Research | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass

Pros

Awesome mountain view. Level grade. Big lake. Multiple scenic points.

Cons

Road may not be plowed. Can be a crowded spot.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

2,260.00 ft (688.85 m)

Net Elevation Gain

230.00 ft (70.10 m)

Address

NF-6024
Gold Bar, WA 98251
United States

Features

Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Groomed trail

No

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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