Barclay Lake in Baring! Only locals know this town!

It’s hiking weekend and the weather decided to give us a break from the perpetual rain! I searched the WTA site looking for a new hike. I don’t really like to hike a trail more than once, as there are so many awesome hikes in Washington State, I want to get to as many as possible!!  I spotted Barclay Lake Trail which is listed at 2.2 miles each way and it seemed it may be possible to hike to Eagle Lake from Barclay, so we headed out to give it a shot!

From those not from Washington you may be wondering where on earth is Baring!!  Well, it’s a very small town along Highway 2.  No signal lights.  It’s pretty much just a few houses along Highway 2.  I think it really only has it’s name because the train runs through and the train signal says “Baring”.  The residents of Baring may think otherwise though!

Along Highway 2, you turn off and head out a forest service road.  Sometimes these can be best described as ‘rough”.  This service road is in amazing condition!  Some city streets have more potholes than this road!  It is a few miles out the road until you reach the trailhead, which has a small parking lot so most people parked along the road.

This is surprisingly a very popular trail for being way out in the middle of nowhere!  Along the way, we began to discover why the trail is so popular!  The trail winds through the forest, which has a few creeks nearby and some very large trees!  You pass over a few of the creeks on some manmade wood bridges.  There was a decent amount of mud on the trail but this is expected with the ridiculous amount of rain we’ve had this winter (even for us native Washingtonians its been a lot!!)

The hike takes you to the edge of Barclay Lake, which is a small lake at the base of Mount Baring.  The view was nothing short of spectacular!!  The cliffs are so impressive and still covered with snow this time of year.  There are several spots to go right down to the lake.  We saw several people who packed in camping gear and were spending the night.  This is a pretty nice place for rustic camping!!

We hiked as far along the lake as we could as the farther we went in, the more snow there was. It got to the point where the trail was no longer visible and you really couldn’t decipher where you should turn so we hiked back to the lakeside.  Somewhere along the trail is an unmarked trail which leads you to Eagle Lake, which has a cute abandoned fishing cabin which is quite popular in the summer.  We  weren’t able to find it and a seasoned hiker we passed along with way agreed we most likely wouldn’t be able to find it with the snow.

We decided to stop for lunch at the lakeside and chat with a camper.  The lake was like glass!  Beautiful reflections of the rocky mountains surrounding the lake.  We heard and saw several avalanches across the lake.  That was pretty amazing.  I had not seen an avalanche in person before. Glad it was on the other side of the lake!  The loud cracking sound was a dead giveaway to look up the mountain and catch another slide.

Tami taught me how to take a panorama photo of the mountain and the reflection in the lake.  That is pretty cool to know how to do!  I’ve had an iPhone for years, but I swear I only know part of its capabilities.

The plants are just starting to bud so I’m sure in another month they will be all in bloom. I bet this is a really pretty hike in the summer.

Shari’s boot exploded on the trail so she gets to buy new hiking boots now! Other than that, we all made it out without falling in the water, climbing out on the many downed trees in the water.

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