Have you ever stood on the southern edge of Blanca Lake and thought to yourself “Look at that beautiful waterfall on the far shore! What beauty! What joy! What bliss! What rocky majesty! Oh, how I wish I could go there!” This hike is for you.
To my knowledge, Blanca Lake’s beauty is only rivaled in the Cascades by Snow Lake at Snoqualmie Pass. Fed by the Columbia Glacier, the silt-filled water of Blanca Lake has a spectacular turquoise green color. Rocky cliffs tower 1,500’ above the lake’s eastern rim.
You’re invited to join the vivacious and well-known outdoorswoman Diana Yuen and me on a day hike to the far side of Blanca Lake. It’s strenuous, long, and really pretty. We’ll stop for dinner on the return trip.
By the numbers: 9 hours :: 10 miles :: 3,500’ of elevation gain.
* No pets on this trip.
* Hiking poles are recommended, but optional. They come in handy for crossing Troublesome Creek and for saving your knees when hiking downhill.
* If you have a NW Forest Pass, bring it.