100 Classic Hikes Washington
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Did this hike with my husband, In Laws and our Lab yesterday and we were all in awe of the stunning aqua marine lake known as Blanca Lake! It was a tough hike but definitely do able. I hike very often and all over yet this is now my second favorite hike ever! There are some steep sections, not kid friendly but dogs are fine. Along the trail you will find beautiful meadows, huge old growth trees, and two lakes. You come to Virgin Lake first which is much smaller than Blanca Lake. Keep going past Virgin Lake and you will soon find Blanca Lake. There is a trail that will take you down to the water fall and down to the actual lake. It is a sight that should be seen by all! The ground cover and shrubs in the area are beginning to turn colors as fall is approaching which made for a beautiful sight as well! Enjoy!
did this hike a little early, there was still about 6 feet of snow up at virgin lake and a little less at blanca. cold at night. hike down was a little scetchy but just head north and look for signs of the trail through the snow. crampons helped and an ice axe would have been nice. only one campsite thawed out at blanca lake otherwise set up tent on snow. mice were abundant and could hear avalanches.
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