Blanca Lake

Gold Bar, Washington 98251

Blanca Lake

Blanca Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Blanca Lake Reviews

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Blanca Lake is unreal! It is one of my favorite hikes in the Pacific Northwest and I go every time I get the chance. Be prepared for a very strenuous hike -- I would recommend bringing trekking poles and obviously a lot of water. Dogs in good shape do well on this trip but it is probably a bit much for kids. Word to the wise: June is a little early to hike this trail because snow is still on the ground. It is much easier to navigate later in July and August. The blue-green waters of Blanca Lake are magical! Awesome hike.
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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Trail Information

Gold Bar
Nearby City
3,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Best July through October
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie NF, Skykomish Ranger District, Skykomish
Local Contacts
Green Trails, Monte Cristo WA No. 143
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018