Blue Lake Trail 604


This easy, short hike to a picturesque subalpine lake is great for families. Begin in an old clear-cut and quickly enter the forest.   At 0.2 mile arrive at a junction with Dock Butte Trail 604.1. Stay left, wandering through trees and meadows 0.5 miles before dropping to Blue Lake at 4,000-feet elevation.

Blue Lake supports a population of trout.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: A Washington State fishing license is required for fishing. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required December-April at the Mt. Baker NRA Sno-Park on FS road 12.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer / Fall
Restrictions: Hiker only. Use established campsites at the lake.
Water: Water is available but should be treated for drinking.
Restroom: • Vault toilet at trailhead. Mountain toilet near lake.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Blue Lake/Dock Butte Trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District, Sedro Woolley Office at 360-856-5700, extension 515.

General Information


From the Mount Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley, follow State Route 20 east for 16 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road #11). Continue on the Baker Lake Highway for 12 miles to F.S. Road #12 and turn left. Follow Road #12 for 7 miles to Road #1230. Turn left on Road #1230. Trailhead and parking area are located in 4 miles at the end of the road.

General Notes:


  • Green Trails: Hamilton 45,Mt. Baker Wilderness Climbing 13S
  • Forest Service:  Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness
  • USGS: Baker Pass

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  Area/Length : 
  0.7 miles
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  Elevation : 
3900 feet