Hike to Blanca Lake

Washington Blanca Lake Trail

Added by Mikaela Tangeman

  • Distance: A hard 7.4 miles round trip
  • As you can see, this place is heaven on earth, bring a swimsuit and have fun
  • Duration: Day Hike

Take US Hwy 2 east from Monroe to just past the town of Skykomish. Turn left on to FR 65 and drive past the Beckler River Campground. Take FR 65 all the way to the intersection of FR 63 and the private Garland Mineral Springs Road. Take a right on FR 63 and proceed about 2 miles. The trailhead is on a small spur road to the left, up another small hill.

This lake is one of the most striking lakes in Alpine Lakes wilderness. The vibrant blue of the glacier-fed lake provides the perfect rest stop for any hikers who have braved the thirty-odd, steep switchbacks that lead to the lake. Lots of hiking through second old growth forests. The lake is framed to the north by the peaks of Monte Cristo, Columbia, and Keyes. It is remarkable.

Once you get to the top of the ridge line most of the trekking is over. The hard part is done :) Huckleberry bushes are scattered all through out the trail and BOY are they yummy.

Pack List

  • Snacks
  • Day Pack
  • Water
  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking Poles
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer

Trail Type:



7.4 Miles



Cliff Jumping
Easy Parking

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4 months ago

Incredibly Beautiful Turquoise Alpine Lake

The access road is closed indefinitely so this adds an extra 4 miles round trip to the already challenging hike. But, the hike was worth it! When you round the corner and catch a glimpse of the lake for the first time, you feel a sense of enchantment. It's beautiful and serene, highly recommend it. The hike up is very steep and steadily climbs uphill the whole way so do ensure you're in good shape before you attempt it. There was still some snowfall at the top in July which made the hike interesting :).

4 months ago

6 months ago

That water...

When you turn the corner and take in your first views of Blanca Lake, you kind of want to stop right in your tracks. In many of the hikes I'v experienced around the state, the water at Blanca has been some of the most vibrant. As this trip is becoming increasingly more popular, remember to pack in and pack out.

6 months ago

7 months ago

One of the best spots in WA...in my opinion.

My first backpack trip was here, still one of my favorites! One of the best spots in WA...in my opinion.

7 months ago

over 1 year ago

I'd recommend bringing some brews for the top :) the view is to die for.

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Crossed the log jam and did an overnight next to this beauty of a lake. SUPER CROWDED on the weekends. Go on the weekday. Trust me.

almost 2 years ago

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