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.
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.
So icy, that I actually fell trying to step over these logs. Luckily, it was startling more than anything else!
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.
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.
Quincy wanted to play with Chester.
Gretel walked right out of her coat!
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.
Baring Mountain stands over Barclay Lake and can be seen from several points along the trail.
The dogs were nice and worn out for the ride home… even Bentley.