Seattle, WA: Barclay Lake

Stroll through root-wrapped rocks, venerable hemlocks, and moss carpeted undergrowth on this 4.4-mile hike to Barclay Lake in the Washington Cascades' new Wild Sky Wilderness.
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Stroll through root-wrapped rocks, venerable hemlocks, and moss carpeted undergrowth on this 4.4-mile hike to Barclay Lake in the Washington Cascades' new Wild Sky Wilderness.

The Barclay Creek Trail #1055 wanders past root-wrapped rocks, hemlocks, and moss carpeted undergrowth en route to Barclay Lake. The trail sits at the end of Forest Road 6024, and is a wide, largely flat, simple trail that follows Barclay Creek for a little over 2 miles to its source, Barclay Lake. Though the route traces the water, river crossings are avoided by a sturdy log bridge that spans Barclay Creek as it approaches the lake. Gunn Peak flanks the trail to the north, eventually giving rise to Merchant Peak as Barclay Lake grows near. On a clear day, Baring Mountain can be seen through the trees, revealing its craggy features once you reach the lakeside.

Barclay Lake lies in a quiet bowl, separating Merchant Peak and Baring Mountain. Between the well-maintained trail and abundance of campsites – not to mention two pit toilets – it’s no surprise that the lake gets a lot of visitors in the warmer months. But despite easy access and popularity, the Barclay Lake somehow exudes deep wilderness vibes. The shore is peaceful, and the dramatic, immaculate spire of Baring towers over the scene.

PERMIT: Northwest Forest Pass required.

-Mapped by Nathan and Jeremy Barnes hikingwithmybrother.com

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.1

Waypoints

BAR001

Location: 47.792097, -121.4592

Park at the end of Forest Road and take the path sloping down to the left. This is Barclay Creek Trail #1055.

BAR002

Location: 47.788529, -121.438849

Bridge crossing over Barclay Creek.

BAR003

Location: 47.786807, -121.429954

West shore of Barclay Lake.

BAR004

Location: 47.783582, -121.421999

East end of Barclay Lake. The Eagle Lake Trail #1055.1 continues on.

Barclay Lake

Location: 47.784961, -121.425791

Looking out across the lake.

Trailhead

Location: 47.792112, -121.4589

Trailhead. Signs covered during the winter.

Deep Forest

Location: 47.789805, -121.447377

The forest closes in on the trail as Barclay Creek babbles nearby.

Bridge

Location: 47.788551, -121.438794

Built in 2003 by with the help of the Spring Family Trail fund.

West Shore

Location: 47.786504, -121.429149

Hiker on the west end of Barclay Lake looks out over the frozen water.

Baring Mountain

Location: 47.786071, -121.428634

The rugged Baring Mountain towers over Barclay Lake.

Top of Peak

Location: 47.785783, -121.428119

Close up view of the top of Baring Mountain on a cloudy day.