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Trail #274 Blue Lake Hiker


Blue Lake Area General map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity

Blue Lake Area General map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity. Sites include: Adams Fork Campground, Bishop Ridge Trail #272, Blue Lake Butte Trail #119, Blue Lake Creek Campground, Blue Lake Hiker Trail #274, Blue Lake Ridge Trail #271, Cat Creek Campground,
Hamilton Buttes Trail #118, Hamilton Peak Trail #109, North Fork Trail #122, and the River Trail #131.

Area Status: Not Cleared

This trail is open to hiker use only.

This 2.5 mile trail follows a deep canyon along Blue Lake Creek, which was formed in part to melting glaciers thousands of years ago.  The 250 foot wall of columnar basalt was formed by volcanic eruptions beneath a glacier.

The trail climbs steeply in some areas, with rock steps built in to make the climb easier.  There are two foot bridges crossing the creek before the trail ends at Blue Lake.  The trail is challenging and includes steep side slopes, cliff exposures, and rock stairways.

The access road to this trailhead is steep and narrow.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/26/2018: Snow level approximately 3000'.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: This trail is open to hiker use only and is closed to all other uses.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


Blue Lake Hiker Trailhead at the end of Forest Road 2300.171a.

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  Area/Length : 
2.5 miles

  Elevation : 
2400' - 4100'


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