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Strenuous hike to the far side of Blanca Lake

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.

House-keeping:

* 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.



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  • Jeremy R

    Had a fabulous time with old and new friends!

    October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know why I am unable to post my photos to the site. Bummer.

    October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing with the best leader and a funny group

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent hike with excellent leader!

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drive, have room for 3, see you at the P&R (my NW pass has expired!)

    October 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Adriaan. We've met on a previous hike. I have a current NW forest pass. Maybe we can carpool :)

      October 5, 2012

  • Ana

    I will be coming by myself- My friend can't join me this time.I assume that I can carpool with someone :)

    1 · October 4, 2012

  • Lorraine L.

    I am changing my response to no, I am unable to come afterall.

    October 3, 2012

  • Stephanie

    I just changed my response to no. Unable to make it this time. Have fun!

    October 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a NW forest pass, hiking poles, and I will be breaking in a new pair of hiking boots. I would love to carpool and am happy to pitch in for gas. Any room? I'll be at the P&R.

    October 2, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh and I'll try to make a batch of my peanut butter energy bites. Someone bring some wine ;)

      October 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward !!! Thanks Jeremy!

    October 2, 2012

  • Jeremy R

    Hi Ana - it's about 10 miles round trip.
    Hi Alex - yes, if you can get yourself to the P&R, we'll all carpool from there.
    Hi Lorraine - the trail gains 2,700' from the trailhead to a ridge overlooking the lake at 4,600'. From there it drops 600' to the lake. On the far side of the lake we'll gain a couple hundred feet going up to the edge of the Columbia glacier. There will be a bit of snow at that point, but overall you can expect the trail to be dry and free of snow. Be aware that we're crossing Troublesome Creek on drift logs, so hiking poles will help keep your balance.

    September 30, 2012

  • Lorraine L.

    I would love to come. Somehow I missed the final altitude reached, and I was wondering about snow? Just to be prepared.

    September 30, 2012

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