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.
After turning back early on Beckler Peak, I led a hike for those who wanted more hiking to nearby Barclay Lake. We got caught in heavy rain the last two miles while hiking back to the cars. We met many fathers with their sons camping overnight at Barclay Lake.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Andrea, Ariel Lopez, and Elena Kopteva.
Reference: “Day Hiking Central Cascades” by Craig Romano (Hike 19). Here is a link to WTA’s description of Barclay Lake. Map: Green Trails Monte Cristo, No. 143
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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