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Barclay Lake sits snug between Merchant Peak and Baring Mountain, an awesome pair of imposing peaks. A gentle and easy hike, Barclay is a welcoming portal into the rugged terrain of Washington's newest wilderness, the 106,577-acre Wild Sky. The well-graded and maintained trail gains a little more than 200 feet of elevation in a little more than two miles, making it an ideal trek for children and beginning hikers.

Beginning in an old clear-cut, the trail takes off through a dark tunnel of regenerating forest. Despair over the majestic forest that once blanketed this valley, and say a prayer for the misguided land managers who sanctioned its destruction. Thankfully all was not lost, and mature forest is soon reached. Interspersed with remnant giants and quickly taking on old-growth characteristics, it is a far more attractive and ecologically viable forest than the one you began in. This stand, almost all western hemlocks, is blessed with a high amount of annual precipitation, evidenced by the thick carpets of mosses draping the trees.

Continue up the sliver of a valley, hemmed in by Baring to the south and the craggy, rocky summits of Gunn and Merchant peaks to the north. As rugged and wild as the surroundings may appear, the way to Barclay Lake is as gentle as any trail can be. Soon after crossing Barclay Creek, reach the lake. Stroll alongside it and try to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy it, for chances are you'll be far from alone here. Barclay has its legions of admirers, from Scouts to artists, from first-time hikers to the very seasoned. Gaze out across the lake and up to the striking northern face of Baring Mountain. An imposing and well-known landmark visible from much of the Skykomish Valley, it is truly stunning when viewed from the lake.
Driving Directions:

From Everett, head 40 miles east on US 2 to the settlement of Baring. Near milepost 41 and across from a convenience store, turn left (north) onto 635th Place NE. Cross railroad tracks and after 0.3 mile come to a junction. Turn left onto Forest Road 6034 and proceed for 4.2 miles to the trailhead (elev. 2200 ft).

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Barclay Lake — Apr 13, 2014 — Candylion
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Water on trail | Snow on trail
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It was a beautiful day for a hike. The trail is pretty gentle, and it wasn't overcrowded. There wa...
It was a beautiful day for a hike. The trail is pretty gentle, and it wasn't overcrowded. There was some compact snow on the trail, but we made it with regular tennis shoes without getting wet. There were a few places where logs had fallen over the trail but only one that was a bit of an obstacle - low enough that it was awkward to crawl under and a little high for those with shorter legs to step over. The access road has some pretty serious potholes in places but was otherwise clear.
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Barclay Lake — Apr 12, 2014 — deafmetal
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Snow on trail
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Great day for a hike! Trailhead is accessible, packed snow in many areas of the trail, but nothing ...
Great day for a hike! Trailhead is accessible, packed snow in many areas of the trail, but nothing a good pair of hiking boots can't overcome. Quite a few folks on the trail and also camping. One word: Beautiful!
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Barclay Lake — Apr 06, 2014 — Joe
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail | Snow on trail
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The weather wasn't too bad and we were able drive to the trailhead. Went with my son and daughter an...
The weather wasn't too bad and we were able drive to the trailhead. Went with my son and daughter and had a good trip to the lake. Some snow on the trail, but it was mostly compact. You wouldn't need or want snowshoes, just boots. While we were at the lake we saw and heard the rumble of several avalanches on looming Mt Baring across the lake.
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Barclay Lake — Mar 24, 2014 — Meandthedog
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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Gorgeous day. Drove to 1/2 mile of the trail head. Wore snowshoes but did not really need them. Spi...
Gorgeous day. Drove to 1/2 mile of the trail head. Wore snowshoes but did not really need them. Spikes would be good on a few slippery spots. Trail is clear and easy to the lake which is mostly frozen over. Met 3 small groups of hikers and 2 other dogs.
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Barclay Lake — Mar 21, 2014 — Hikewithyou
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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Parked about 1/4 mile from TH. Snowshoes needed. Trail was easy to follow. Bring hat as melting snow...
Parked about 1/4 mile from TH. Snowshoes needed. Trail was easy to follow. Bring hat as melting snow from trees will keep you wet. No real difficult blow-downs to maneuver or obstacles encountered.
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The shores of Barclay Lake. Photo by Tom Trimbath
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Location
Barclay Lake (#1055)
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Statistics
Roundtrip 4.4 miles
Elevation Gain 225 ft
Highest Point 2425 ft
Features
Rivers
Lakes
Old growth
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Established campsites
User info
Good for kids
Northwest Forest Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Beyond Mount Si
55 Hikes around Stevens Pass
100 Hikes in the Glacier Peak Region
The Complete Guide to the Pacific Northwest
Green Trails Monte Cristo No. 143

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