Blue Lake (Washington Pass)


Day Hike - Blue Lake (Washington Pass)

Blue Lake (Washington Pass) (see Leaders Notes)

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  • Thu, Aug 31, 2006
  • RETIRED - Seattle Midweek Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
9 a.m. at Blue Lake TH Parking Lot
This hike is part of the Annual North Cascades Car Camp. Join us for three days of hiking in the spectacular North Cascades. Explore the unique geology of this region. We will camp two nights at Klipchuck Campground (see details below) just off the North Cascades Highway. It is suggested that participants also camp Monday night due to the travel distance and early hike start time the following day. Maple Pass, Grasshopper Pass-Tatie Peak, and Blue Lake – see hike descriptions below. Easy hikes may be led by a second leader, such as Lake Ann and Slate Peak, concurrently with more strenuous hikes. Register with clubhouse or online. If new to leader, please submit qualifications for moderate and strenuous hikes by email (preferred) or phone. Glen Strachan, 425-869-8094 or (s8/14-8/24) NC Aug. 31, Thu. – Blue Lake (E/M) (GT Washington Pass #50), NWFP, 4.5 mi., 1,100’ gain. Slow to moderate pace. Observe the cliffs of Liberty Bell and Early Winters Spires from a rock-rimmed mountain lake. Meet at Klipchuck CG at 8:30 a.m. or Blue Lake trailhead at 9:00 a.m. (s8/14-8/24) Additional Notes: Day hikers are welcome on these hikes; however, signup priority may be given to those staying overnight in area and going on multiple hikes. Klipchuck CG is located about 12 miles east of Washington Pass just of Highway 20 in Okanogan National Forest. Klipchuck CG site occupancy is on a first come, first serve basis and costs $8 per site per night. There are 46 campsites at Klipchuck CG and 27 campsites at nearby Lone Fir CG. Two standard vehicles or one RV can occupy each campsite and owners can split the fee. As of 8/3/06, Klipchuck CG was full only one night this year and that was on a Friday night. 8/20/06 – CHANGED TO COLONIAL CREEK CG DUE TO THE POTENTIAL FOR SMOKE AT KLIPCHUCK CG FROM THE TRIPOD COMPLEX FIRE NEAR WINTHROP. COLONIAL CREEK CG IS LOCATED 9.7 MILES EAST OF NEWHALEM OFF HIGHWAY 20 BETWEEN MILEPOSTS 130 AND 131. COLONIAL CREEK CG SITE OCCUPANCY IS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS AND COSTS $12 PER SITE PER NIGHT ($6.00 WITH GOLDEN AGE CARD). THE NPS HAS ENSURED US THAT THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF SITES AVAILABLE ON WEEKDAYS.

Blue Lake (Washington Pass)

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