Blue Lake Trail

Mazama, Washington 98833

Blue Lake Trail

Blue Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
5,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,250 feet
Top Elevation
Okanogan National Forest, Methow Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 50 Washington Pass; USFS Wenatchee and Okanogan
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018