Blue Lake

Monte Cristo Peak, Washington

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This amazing loop follows two long ridges exploding with wildfl owers and teeming with jaw-dropping views, all centered on a deep blue lake set in a deep rocky cirque where summer comes late—if at all. Huge chunks of ice languidly bob on Blue Lake’s alluring azure waters, sometimes well into September. But on nearby Pilot Ridge, blossoms take fl ight just after snowmelt and paint the hillside in dazzling colors while Blue is still white.

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"This amazing loop follows two long ridges exploding with wildfl owers and teeming with jaw-dropping views, all centered on a deep blue lake set in a deep rocky cirque where summer comes late—if at all. Huge chunks of ice languidly bob on Blue Lake’s alluring azure waters, sometimes well into September. But on nearby Pilot Ridge, blossoms take fl ight just after snowmelt and paint the hillside in dazzling colors while Blue is still white."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monte Cristo Peak
Distance: 27.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Jul–Oct
Local Maps: Green Trails Sloan Peak, WA–No. 111
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Lake

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May 2018