Blue Lake Larch Trip
October 2, 2005
This was a day trip to the Cascades with the photography group of the Mountaineers. Since the date was set weeks in
advance, the weather could not be anticipated. The prediction was 70% chance of showers, but we did not let this deter

We did not arrive at the trailhead until close to 2:00 p.m. as it was anticipated that we would stay up there and watch the
sunset. The hike was 2 miles and an 1100 foot elevation gain to the lake. As we started the hike there were a few snow

After about 45 minutes we arrived at the first Larch trees (below). They were every bit as gorgeous as I remembered
from last year when we went to Hi Camp last year with Jane Erickson.
When we arrived at the lake, the flakes were still falling slowly.
But moments after ourarrival the pace of the snowfall quickly picked up.
Needless to say, we did not stay for the sunset. However, the larches were terrific and the snow gave it all a different
look. The weather was not at all uncomfortable, although I did sense that some in the photography group were not
adequately dressed to stay. Their idea of the "ten essentials" appeared to be items such as tripods or shower caps to
put over the cameras to protect them from the rain or snow.

The trip we took is easily doable as a day trip from Port Angeles. From the Edmonds ferry, it is approximately a three
hour drive to the trailhead. To get to the trailhead, take highway 20 to Milepost 161. The trailhead and parking lot are on
the right and are very well marked.

Last year we took a trip to see the Larch trips with Jane Erickson and were blessed with sunshine the whole trip. For
pictures from that trip and information about the Larch trees, please click on the link below.
Some of our group sat down by the lake to eat lunch. Jackie is the one on the left in the picture below.
They might have gone into this old log cabin except that it no longer had a roof.