Blue Lake Trail
Blue Lake Trail leads you 7.7 km through a deep canyon to Blue Lake. This hike displays interesting hints of the area’s glacial past, with a 76 m wall of basalt left by a volcanic eruption within a glacier defining the route. This hike is rated as moderate, with a few steep sections and some exposure. Expect light traffic.
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Route Description for Blue Lake Trail
Blue Lake Trail is a fascinating hike, with rock stairs, exposed slopes, and cliffs to navigate. It takes you through a deep gorge formed by the movement of glaciers many, many years ago. The most interesting remnant of this past is a 76 m wall of columnar basalt formed by a volcanic eruption within a glacier. This hike is foot traffic only, so you won’t need to share it with bikers.
The hike begins from the trailhead, climbing along the canyon above the river before dropping down to cross it twice. Hiking along the water, enjoy a bit of a break before the climbing begins, heading up the canyon wall with rock steps to help you out.
The second half of the canyon is a bit easier, and before you know it, you’ll be at Blue Lake. Catch your breath here before retracing your steps back to the trailhead.
Getting to the Blue Lake Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Blue Lake Trail is at the end of Forest Road 2300-171.
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