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Blanca Lake Hike with Transport

by Adventures In Seattle
Price Not Available
Nonrefundable No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required)

Highlights

  • Stunning Blanca Lake - prettiest lake in the Cascades

  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel or accommodations

  • Professional guide so you don't get lost!

  • Equipment, snacks, lunch, water all provided

  • Challenging hike

Highlights

  • Stunning Blanca Lake - prettiest lake in the Cascades

  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel or accommodations

  • Professional guide so you don't get lost!

  • Equipment, snacks, lunch, water all provided

  • Challenging hike

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Blanca Lake Hike with Transport

Activity Location

Blanca Lake

Skykomish 98288

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Seattle


Description

Visit one of the most striking lakes in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness. Blanca Lake is a hard, challenging hike only suitable for the most fit hikers. The trail is 11.5 miles roundtrip with 3 miles of steep elevation gain. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for those who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake.

The trail starts in cool second growth forest, but the trees are quite sizable. In the fall, the squirrels roughhouse in the trees high above your head. Occasionally they drop gigantic pinecones from high above, and while the resulting crash is startling, it is fun to watch.

The trail begins with a moderate two mile walk down the forest service road. Washouts in 2016 closed the road, making this hike an extra four miles longer than it used to be. But it's worth the extra effort. The trail is in excellent shape, and gets right down to business, starting off venturing through a close forest with very little understory, but lots of moss. As you climb, you move swiftly from one steep but well-designed switchback to another, and yet another, gaining a little under 3,000 feet in a little under 3 miles.

While this can be draining, rewards await you at the top. Huckleberry bushes line the trail, and tired hikers can stop and munch on the sweet treats their their heart's content. After three miles, the trail reaches a ridgeline with a set of switchbacks heading up a rocky face. If you look to the east, some stellar views of the mountains can be seen, and on a clear day Glacier Peak graces hikers with an up-close and personal view.

Once you've conquered the ridgeline, most of your climbing is over. The trail continues much more gently through sub-alpine flower meadows that glow with lupine when in season. Eventually, the trail drops to pretty but stagnant Virgin Lake. There is no inlet or outlet, so the water is entirely snowmelt and rainwater, and by late fall the water is more like a bog. Often, this is a breeding ground for frogs and salamanders, so keep your eyes peeled for plenty of amphibian friends.

If you can tear your eyes away from the trail, the view will take your breath away. Across the valley is the foot of Columbia Peak, and as you round the last point, beautiful Blanca Lake opens up in all her glory. The lake is framed to the north by the peaks of Monte Cristo, Columbia, and Keyes.


Inclusions

  • Guided hike to Blanca Lake

  • Transportation

  • Lunch and snacks

  • Equipment; trekking poles and backpack

  • Professional guide


Exclusions

  • Gratuity not included


Know Before You Book

  • This is a HARD hike. You must be physically fit and exercise regularly.

  • Not suitable for children.

  • Pickup time between 7 - 8 am

  • Please let us know if you have any allergies, dietary restrictions/requirements or preferences