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Blue Lake Trail #314


Blue Lake trail 314

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This hike offers beautiful views of Cutthroat Peak, Early Winters Spires, and Liberty Bell Mountain. The lake is a deep turquoise blue with a backdrop of towering rock walls. This is a classic fall color hike in late September - early October when the hills are painted red and gold.

After leaving the parking lot the trail parallels the road for a short distance then begins to climb up hill in big timber. The trail branches at about 1.5 miles, the left trail leads to climbing routes up Liberty Bell Mountain. Hikers should stay on the main trail. The trail varies from heavy timber to scattered larch near the lake. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current trail conditions information. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Recreation Pass required. $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead.
Open Season: Late July
Best Season: August-September
Busiest Season: Late July-August
Restrictions: No motorized or mechanized use or pack and saddle stock.  No overnight camping within 1/4 mile of the lake.
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet
Passes: Recreation Pass required. $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Winthrop, Washington drive west for about 30 miles on Highway 20. Watch for Blue Lake Trailhead on the left side of the highway (about 0.25 beyond Washington Pass Overlook road). 


Recreation Map

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

Lake fishing at Blue Lake. Washington State fishing license is required and all state game laws apply.


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Nature Viewing

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Picnic tables yes
Interpretive Site interpretive information
Toilets vault toilet
Parking yes
Fee charged for some activities Day use self-pay station