Blanca Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is within Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Area and Wild Sky Wilderness Area. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 1,966 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,560 feet. The Blanca Lake Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms.
Blanca Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Craig Romano, 100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"Enjoy a 7.5-mile hike into the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness to a unique alpine lake. Nestled in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness at the bottom of a cirque formed by Kyes, Monte Cristo, and Columbia Peaks, Lake Blanca is something of a hidden treasure. At least it was at some point. Today the Blanca Lake Trail #1052 is very popular, drawing dozens of hikers down miles of gravel forest roads every weekend.
We recommend this hike for most hikers, though some will find the elevation gain a little too taxing. Of course, as we mentioned, Lake Blanca attracts quite a few hikers, and you can expect quite a bit of company when you make the trek. However, this isn’t a hike to do early in the season to avoid the crowds, because the lake needs to thaw to reveal its trademark colors."
--Nathan and Jeremy Barnes, Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides).
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