Strenuous Hike - Blanca Lake - HWY 2
- Blanca Lake is no free lunch. This hike's final destination is incredibly beautiful, with emerald green waters surrounded by high cliffs. Blanca Lake certainly does not disappoint in the scenery department. The hike however, is a different story, where elevation change is the name of the game. This hike will have even the fittest of hikers working up a good sweat. For some reason, I have had nightmares about this hike. I have never done it but the description alone must have done. The pictures I have seen are stunning though and this may be my tough hike for the season. If you are sure you are ready for this challenge come along. If not, stay home.
- Dogs on leash
- No children under age 16.
- Please read all the information listed and linked to below.
- Blanca Lake (#1052)
- Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
- Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
- Roundtrip7.5 miles
- Elevation Gain3300 ft
- Highest Point4600 ft
- Old growth
- Mountain views
- Established campsites
- User info
- Northwest Forest Pass required
- Driving Directions:
The North Fork Skykomish River Road from Index, the normal approach for this hike, sustained considerable flood damage in fall 2006. It will be years before this road is repaired. Until then, the trail can be accessed from Skykomish via Jack Pass. From Everett head east on US 2 for 49 miles to the small town of Skykomish. Continue east for 1 more mile, turning left onto Beckler River Road (Forest Road 65). The pavement ends at 6.9 miles. Continue north for another 5.8 miles, coming to a 5-way intersection (Jack Pass). Take the second left, the route signed as closed 3.2 miles ahead. Follow it downhill 2.4 miles. Just after crossing the North Fork Skykomish River is a junction and restricted access sign. Turn right onto FR 63 and drive 2.0 potholed miles, turning left into the trailhead parking area (elev. 1900 ft).
- In consideration of others, if you do not plan on attending this hike please change your status. This allows those that are on the waitlist to attend. It also means we do not wait unnecessarily at the trail head for those not showing up.
Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others. This will be the first meeting for many of the dogs, so let them get acquainted slowly as we walk. It takes time to form a pack. Not all dogs want to be greeted exuberantly, so take care and precaution. Also, dog waste needs to be buried (6 inches) or carried. Leaving along the trail to be picked up later is an eyesore for others , even in a bag,(especially with the number in our group) and is sometimes forgotten on the way out.
Please be courteous and use proper trail etiquette.
I have info in the pages section of this site (see top section on web site). Please review, good advice about what to bring and about hiking with a dog.
Also, please read the Bear Safety discussion and tips page in discussion section and pages section