Barclay Lake

Gold Bar, WA
Length: 4.40 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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This great, kid-friendly trail starts at the parking lot and follows Barclay Creek most of the way up to the lake. This trail gets a lot of rain, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and prepare for possible trail washouts and fallen trees. Washington Trails Association does a lot of maintenance on this trail every year, but watch for muddy spots anyway. The heavy rains also expose a lot of rocks and roots, so it is advisable that children do not run this one at full speed. 

The trail goes up and down enough to make you feel like you are getting in a good workout, but the net elevation gain is only 200 feet. A little over a mile in, cross Barclay Creek on this fantastic bridge carved out of a fallen log. Only half a mile further and you arrive at the lake. Make sure to look up from the rocky trail every so often, or you will miss the breathtaking views of Baring Mountain.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

This trail gets a lot of water, which makes for excellent puddles! Also keep and eye out for greedy chipmunks looking for a free handout at the water. They are not above looking in your bag for snacks!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $5.00

Parking requires a Northwest Forest Pass, or a fee of $5 per day payable at the ranger station.

Trail Contributor

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Hello! I am a former Journeyman Wireman turned stay-at-home mom to my four beautiful children. After growing up in the hot desert of Las Vegas, we decided to make a change and move to beautiful Snohomish County WA. I found my community here through Hike it Baby, and I now work to facilitate that for others. If you’re ever in my neck of the woods, come join me on a hike!