You can pass on that family outing to the beach and opt for something more fun instead. The Blanca Lake Washington hike is about a 7-mile round trip journey with the best reward at the very end. The wonderful oasis features frosty water that almost looks like milk!

Just under two hours from Seattle sits the trailhead for this meadow-filled hike.

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A short 70-mile trip east will bring you to one of the most beautiful lakes in the state.

The hike is said to be a little rough at times as the lake sits at about a 4,600 elevation, according to the Forest Service

It's an excellent opportunity to test your backpacking skills as well as find some camping spots along the way. 

If you are a savvy hiker or want to push yourself, this is one for the books! 

If you want to put your hiking skills to the test, you'll have to purchase a $10 Discover Pass.

After enduring the 3.5 miles in, you'll be stoked to see the gorgeous glacial lake

The lake is in a basin that is surrounded by Monte Cristo, Kyes, and Columbia Peaks, so the views will not disappoint.

Be sure to bring a camera and your favorite person along!

The glacier's cold and "silt-filled melt-water" creates that bright green turquoise color. How cool is that?

Bring your friends and also your fur-children because dogs are allowed as long as they remain on a leash.

So grab your hiking boots and your best pal because you'll want to sit down, relax, and enjoy the view.

Blanca Lake

Price: $10

Where: Skykomish, WA

Why You Need To Go: You can see beautiful glacial water that looks like a frosty pearl.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and, most of all, be respectful on your trip.