Hike through old growth trees, deer ferns, trillium, wood violets, bleeding hearts and salmon berries in season as you follow Barclay Creek to Barclay Lake at 2,422 feet elevation. Cedar boardwalks lead to a log bridge crossing the creek. Shortly after the bridge, arrive at the lake and take in an outstanding view of the north wall of Baring Mountain, dramatically rising 3,700 feet above the lake.
Drive US Highway 2 to milepost 42 in the town of Baring. Turn north onto Barclay Creek Road (Forest Service road 6024), which is directly across from “Der Baring Store.” Cross the railroad tracks and continue for 4.3 miles on FS road 6024 to the trailhead.