Here’s our first Day Hike blog (which we totally messed up by using last year’s can, lol). So while you won’t see this one on the official Two Beers blog, we thought we’d post it here as a preview of the content we'll be creating for them this summer. Cheers!
Like most trails between between Monroe and Stevens Pass along Highway 2, this one’s best saved for a weekday or early morning weekend walk. But don’t let that deter you. Barclay is well worth the (minimal) effort it takes to get there.
We set out on a sunny Sunday in May. After navigating several sizeable potholes along the gravel forest road, we discovered vehicles of every shape and size at the packed trailhead parking lot. Even hitting the trail around noon, we still managed to find some solitude in the woods.
The trail itself follows Barclay Creek for 2.2 miles, rolling gently with just 500 feet of round-trip elevation gain. You’ll pass big trees and stumps along the well-maintained path, beneath forest cover all the way. The trail is muddy in places and a few streams require hopping — but nothing too extreme. Watch for trailside trillium and winter’s last lingering snow patches just off-trail.
Barclay Lake also makes for a great beginner backpacking destination. Campsites are large and spread out, so noisy neighbors aren’t generally a concern. We camped out here last year, and the only sounds we heard overnight were Barclay’s resident frog population and the drizzle of rain upon our tent — typical tunes in a place that receives up to 200 inches of annual precipitation.