Blanca Lake

Gold Bar, Washington

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Set in a large cirque in the rugged Monte Cristo peaks and fed by the Columbia Glacier and icy snowfields clinging to steep, stark slopes, Blanca’s location is as dramatic as any in the Cascade mountains. But what really strikes all who toil up the steep trail to this marvel is its cobalt-blue water, its sheen and tone constantly changing, depending upon the amount and angle of sunlight coming in contact with it.
100 Classic Hikes Washington

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100 Classic Hikes Washington

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Set in a large cirque in the rugged Monte Cristo peaks and fed by the Columbia Glacier and icy snowfields clinging to steep, stark slopes, Blanca’s location is as dramatic as any in the Cascade mountains. But what really strikes all who toil up the steep trail to this marvel is its cobalt-blue water, its sheen and tone constantly changing, depending upon the amount and angle of sunlight coming in contact with it.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gold Bar
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 3,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Best July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie NF, Skykomish Ranger District, Skykomish
Local Maps: Green Trails, Monte Cristo WA No. 143
Driving Directions: Directions to Blanca Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

10/7/2012
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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!


6/10/2010
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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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