Blanca Lake


Day Hike - Blanca Lake

Lets hike to one of the top lakes in the Cascades, beautiful green Blanca Lake

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft

Ash Way P&R, exit 164 off of I-5. The meeting time will be coordinated with registered hikers the week of the hike.

This is a strenuous hike to a very beautiful lake. This is on many people’s list of one of their favorite hikes. Everyone talks about the green color of the water, which is fed by the Columbia Glacier. The lake is surrounded by rugged peaks, making a perfect setting for a high mountain lake. This is a difficult hike, due to the steepness of the trail. We will climb 2700 feet in the first 3 miles, and then descend 600 feet in a little less than a mile to the lake. We will hike this at a moderate pace, staying together. Please be confident that you can do this hike. This is WTA’s description of the hike.


Blanca 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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