Blanca Lake

A strenuous 7.5 mile hike with 3,300 ft in elevation gain - 2,700 ft climb to ridge top, and 600 ft descent to Blanca Lake. You will hike by Virgin Lake before arriving at the cobalt-blue Blanca Lake with a front-row view of Columbia Peak, the receding Columbia Glacier, and Kyes Peak.

getting there

Take Highway 2 East towards Stevens Pass. Shortly after Skykomish, turn left on Beckler Road and drive north. Beckler Road turns into Forest Road 65 and about 1/2 way up the road pavement turns to gravel. Continue on Forest Road 65 until you hit Forest Road 63, where you turn right. After approximately 2.3 miles you'll hit the trailhead.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft
  • 4,600 ft
  • USGS Blanca Lake
  • USGS Monte Cristo

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