Mileage: 6.5 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1900ft/3800ft
Map: Green Trails Monte Cristo No 143
Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Cafe
It took me 3 attempts to finally make it up to Eagle Lake from Barclay Lake and I can’t say it was pretty at all. As in, my attempts were not pretty. I am writing this report awhile after having hiked it, so I might as well write it to you rather than spend TOO much time describing what I did. I did go when there was still snow at the higher elevation which did not help at all. Not that I imagine there is a trail to follow anyway. I pulled my map and compass out MULTIPLE times. However, I was much more successful on the way down.
In summary, understand there really is no trail and route finding is necessary. If you keep Baring to your back going up and in front of you going down, you should be able to make it. Descriptions are in the pictures. Good luck!
Directions: From Monroe, head east on US-2 to the town of Baring. Near milepost 41 and across from a convenience store, turn left (north) onto 635th Place NE. Cross the railroad tracks and continue 0.3 miles. Reach a junction and keep left on 635th Place NE for 0.1 mile. The road becomes FR-6024; continue 3.9 miles to the trailhead. Watch for potholes. There is a privy at the trailhead and parking for about 20 cars.
Follow the Barclay Lake trail to near the end of the lake. Just past the “Toilet” sign and the second bridge, look left for a bootpath leading up the mountain.
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