Blanca Lake

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Day Hike - Blanca Lake

Blanca Lake

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  • Mon, Jul 5, 2010
  • Seattle 20-30 Somethings
  • Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Strenuous
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft
8:00 AM at Houghton P&R; in Kirkland (Exit 17 on HWY 425 North)

This hike is described in "100 Classic Hikes in Washington" book. This is the weather forecast for Blanca Lake area.
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=47.935896847610366&lon;=-121.33163452148438&site;=sew&smap;=1&unit;=0≶=en&FcstType;=text This is strenuous hike with 2,700 ft in and 600 ft out elevation gain. Pace will be moderate and based on a slowest hiker. Snow level starts at 4,000 ft elevation. Highest point at ~ 4,600 ft elevation. Snow is solid and passable all the way to the lake (600 ft in 600 ft out). Waterproof boots are recommended. Here is more information about this hike:
http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/blanca-lake/hike_view?b_start:int=20&-C= Please read more about Hiking 10 Essentials and feel free to ask me if you have some questions: http://www.seattlemountaineers.org/sbten.htm We'll meet at Houghton Park & Ride in Kirkland at 8:00 am. To be more precise let's meet at northern side of south parking lot of Houghton P&R.; Here are directions:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source;=s_d&saddr;=Seattle,+WA&daddr;=Unknown+road&geocode;=FcJp1gIdWVy1-ClVM-iTLBCQVDGa1URpRmUlEA%3BFWBX1wIdkZq3-A&hl;=en&mra;=dme&mrcr;=0&mrsp;=1&sz;=17&sll;=47.666616,-122.185307&sspn;=0.005144,0.009645&ie;=UTF8&z;=17 Please be on time and let me know if you are planning to go directly to the trailhead. Since it is 4th of July weekend I expect a lot of traffic on US-2 E/Stevens Pass. Directions from Houghton Park & Ride in Kirkland to Trailhead of Blanca Lake:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source;=s_d&saddr;=Houghton+P%26R+AcRd+%26+116th+Ave+NE&daddr;=Nat+for+Dev+Rd+63&hl;=en&geocode;=%3BFRk72wIdoibF-Cl5clFaSOiaVDFZTEAJQG4KFg&mra;=ls&sll;=47.76812,-121.81987&sspn;=0.657203,1.234589&ie;=UTF8≪=47.795629,-121.740875&spn;=0.656853,1.234589&z;=10 ATTENTION: The last section it is only 1.8 miles on Nat for Dev Rd 63 instead of 3.2 miles listed in directions above but this is the most approximate that I was able to get on Google maps. TH will be on your left.
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