Barclay Lake Hike With The Dogs

We woke up early on a Saturday morning to go on a Barclay Lake hike with the dogs. Our friends over at youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com invited us, and we carpooled up to the trailhead. Barclay Lake is out highway 2, about 45 – 50 miles.

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satelite view of barclay lake washington state

The highest point in this trail is 2425 feet, and at this time of year, there was still a lot of snow and ice on the ground. The trail was pretty clear for the most part, but there were still a few icy spots.

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So icy, that I actually fell trying to step over these logs. Luckily, it was startling more than anything else!

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This was a moderately difficult trail. Some of this had to do with the time of year. Trees that feel over winter hadn’t been cleared yet. During the winter, this area is covered in several feet of snow, most of which had melted, but many areas were still slippery with snow and ice. Even once that is cleaned up, it’ll give you a workout. The trail is 4.4 miles round trip.

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Moss grows in beautiful carpets over everything in the forests in the Pacific Northwest. It’s one of my favorite things about the woods here. The Barclay Lake Hike was no exception! In fact, I noticed a wider variety of mosses here than on some of my other hikes, and since a lot of the annual forest foliage has yet to start growing for the year, the moss was uncovered and seemed more abundant than normal.

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Quincy wanted to play with Chester.

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Gretel walked right out of her coat!

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This bridge was a little difficult to navigate with two dogs, especially when one of them is totally oblivious to danger. Quincy nearly walked off the side of the bridge, but we made it across without harm.

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Baring Mountain stands over Barclay Lake and can be seen from several points along the trail.

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The dogs were nice and worn out for the ride home… even Bentley.

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12 Comments

  1. Patty

    What a beautiful area for a hike. It looks like the dogs had a real blast too.

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  2. Jessica Shipman | Beagles and Bargains

    Glad you made it safely through! Looks like it was quite the adventure!

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  3. Ruth Cox

    So this is what my dog and I have to look forward to when we come to Washington! What a fantastic hike for dogs and their human friends. The moss is incredibly beautiful.

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  4. Robin

    Beautiful trail for a hike! It’s still too chilly here for hiking. It looks like everyone had a great time.

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  5. Kia

    Looks like a nice hike! Love the photos. I’ve never been hiking before.

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  6. MattieDog

    Hey, you were in my neck of the woods! Looks like you had fun – thanks for sharing your photos, so inspiring!

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  7. Carleen

    Looks like an awesome hike! I’m hoping to get out hiking with my dogs soon!

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  8. Spencer the Goldendoodle

    What an amazing hike with great views!!! Wish we had mountains here in Minnesota!

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  9. dogvills

    What an awesome hike. I am waiting for the snow to melt to go hiking again

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  10. Carol Bryant

    I love your hike images and you inspire me. Do you do a tick check when the kids come back – and a tick check on yourself? I so cannot wait to get out and about once this weather breaks and be outdoors with the fam. Cutest pics ever btw

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    1. ryan (Post author)

      Thank you! The beautiful forests certainly help with the photos!

      We’re lucky to have very few ticks around here, so I don’t specifically look for them, but I’m always inspecting my dogs for any abnormalities every time I play with them. I’ve never found a single tick while hiking in this area. If we go East of the mountains, I definitely do a thorough inspection!

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  11. Rachel Sheppard

    We love hiking! Looks like you had a great trip!

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