Day Hike - Barclay Lake


Day Hike - Barclay Lake

Join the Tacoma Singles Activities Committee for a refreshing dip and relaxing float in Barclay Lake, nestled at the foot of magnificent Baring Peak in the Central Cascades. This will be an easy hike along a well-maintained trail, 4.4 miles round-trip with only 400 feet of elevation gain. Wear a swimsuit and bring your inflatable pool floats! Up to 3 leashed dogs allowed with leader's permission. Singles are encouraged to participate (LGBTQIA+ & POC-friendly), but any and all are welcome.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,423 ft
  • Pace: 2-2.5

We'll meet at 11:30am at the Monroe Safeway at 19651 US-2, Monroe, WA 98272.  Google maps link to meetup location:  

From there, we'll consolidate cars and caravan about an hour to the trailhead, where a privy is available.  Drivers will need to display a NW Forest Pass.

There will be an optional post-hike meal stop for those who'd like to hang out more and grab a bite and/or drink (possibly in Monroe at the Route 2 Taproom, which is right next to the meetup point and allows dogs!).


*If you're not interested in swimming, that's no problem, as long as you're content to hang out at the lake for 1-2 hours.  Feel free to bring a hammock!

The plan: 

Arrive at the trailhead around 12:30pm

Find parking at the trailhead (it will likely be crowded)

Hike the 2.2 miles to the lake and find a nice beach spot to settle in, probably around 2pm

Hang out at the lake for 1-2 hours - swim, float, snack, chat, relax

Hike back the way we came and return to our meetup point

Optional post-hike meal & drinks nearby


For more info on the trail: 


Wear a swimsuit or clothes you're comfortable swimming in & bring a towel

Bring along an inflatable pool float if you have one!  Hike leader will bring a pump for inflating.


Dog owners: If you'd like to bring your dog along, please email the leader directly for permission.  Dogs must be leashed and well-behaved.  Up to 3 dogs are welcome.  If no dog spots have been reserved by 9am on Wednesday, July 11th, then those spaces will be opened to human participants.

Photo credit: Bryan Wahl from 


Barclay Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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