Key: 2013-05-03:     2013-05-04:    

Barclay Lake early season

An early season overnight trip to Barclay Lake

Begin Date:

End Date:

2013-05-03: 4.05 mi
2013-05-04: 2.46 mi

Total: 6.51 mi

Maximum Elevation*:
2515.76ft (767.911m)

Minimum Elevation*:
1046.32ft (319.355m)

Gallery for this adventure:
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* This is derived from GPS data and can have major discrepancies due to poor GPS reception.

Trip Report:

05.03.13 - Barclay Lake and back the following day

The trail head is still inaccessible, I'd say even for those who have big trucks, however I suspect it will be melted out within the next week or so. It was going fast in the hot weather we've had lately.

As it were, there was about a 1/4-1/2 mile walk to the trail head. Once there, the trail is easy enough to follow but is still covered by about 60% snow. At about 1/8 of a mile before the bridge, that goes up to about 95% covered and in places it looks to be many feet deep (like 5-6). Lots of good fun making post holes. A few blow downs here and there, but nothing you can't easily step over/under. Stream crossings are all easy and the main bridge is looking good.

Only one camping spot is melted out at all on the north side of the lake. Not the big one by the toilet sign, but the one about 1/8 of mile past it. That's where we camped and it was big enough for our 4 man, but just barely.

The lake is about 50% frozen. The east (outlet side) has all the frozen stuff. The west end is thawed.

The trail is certainly doable as it is now, but in a week or two, I think it will be mostly clear. There should also be a good boot path up it now as there was a group of about 6 people heading up as we had just gotten back to our car.

Not too personal, but we wrote this report more for people who might feel like venturing up to Barclay Lake in the next few weeks. As far as personal details, there really wasn't much to say. Just the whole family taking advantage of some beautiful Seattle weather. A little more snow than we anticipated (by about 10 times), but still gorgeous and definitely worth the time.