Blue Lake Trail

Mazama, Washington

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Many lakes have been named Blue, but to date this is the only one reached by a designated National Recreation Trail, a formal recognition of its outstanding beauty that does not, unfortunately, preserve it from logging or motorcycles. An abandoned old miner’s cabin at the lake makes a good playhouse, and campsites are plentiful near the shoreline. Before leaving the car, gaze up at Liberty Bell Mountain. Its bell shape seems to change as the trail ascends, and it becomes more like a turreted castle. Climbers headed to Early Winter Spires share this trail before turning left for their high camp in meadows below the cliffs. Trail No. 314 is in good shape and modestly steep. At first, highway sounds follow hikers, but at ½ mile they fade out as the path switchbacks from forest to flower-covered avalanche slope.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Many lakes have been named Blue, but to date this is the only one reached by a designated National Recreation Trail, a formal recognition of its outstanding beauty that does not, unfortunately, preserve it from logging or motorcycles. An abandoned old miner’s cabin at the lake makes a good playhouse, and campsites are plentiful near the shoreline.

Before leaving the car, gaze up at Liberty Bell Mountain. Its bell shape seems to change as the trail ascends, and it becomes more like a turreted castle. Climbers headed to Early Winter Spires share this trail before turning left for their high camp in meadows below the cliffs. Trail No. 314 is in good shape and modestly steep. At first, highway sounds follow hikers, but at ½ mile they fade out as the path switchbacks from forest to flower-covered avalanche slope.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mazama
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,050 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Mid-July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,250 feet
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest, Methow Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 50 Washington Pass; USFS Wenatchee and Okanogan
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Lake Trail

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