Barclay Lake - Hiking
The day after hiking Twin Falls in April, my friends and I decided to go back out to the mountains for a drizzly hike up to Barclay Lake. The long gravel road with an angry grouse led us up to a small parking lot covered in a dense fog. The old, run down RV parked at the end set the mood for a creepy hike filled with references to our fictional “Nickel and Dime Killer” story (which got its name from us noticing that one of the vehicles parked at the trailhead had a nickel perched on the passenger window. The information sign was also covered in a plastic tarp, and there were baby clothes draped on a tree stump along the trail.
The hike wasn’t bad, not a difficult climb, although some areas were still covered in snow/ice and were slick. We didn’t see anyone else on the trail (despite it being a weekend and seeing three other vehicles in the parking lot) until we got to the lake, where there was a group of people who appeared to have camped there the night before. As we were taking a break at the lake, we heard a number of small avalanches on the mountain that looms over the lake. Well, I wouldn’t know if they were “small,” but I’m fairly certain they were avalanches!
Distance: 4.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation: 500ft gain, 2,423ft highest
More Info: WTA - Barclay Lake