We haven't been that great about getting out camping this summer. I think soccer has taken over in this house. But we saw an open weekend and jumped on the opportunity to get a last-minute backpacking trip in this year. It's only our second time backpacking with our whole family, so we decided to take it easy and go with a fairy short hike: Barclay Lake.
The trail is well-maintained without a whole lot of ups and downs.
There was plenty to see along the way and a sturdy little log bridge carries hikers over Barclay Creek.
The area along the lake was beginning to fill up with campers, so we continued down to the trail's end and found a beautiful little spot by the South portion of Barclay Creek.
There was so much to do and see around Barclay Lake. The kids even thought using the open pit toilet was an adventure.
Despite the rainy weather, the trip was a complete success. I highly recommend Barclay Lake for those new to backpacking or for those backpacking with small children!
Fees: A Northwest Forest Parking Pass is required - $5/day, $30/season pass
What to bring: Rain gear, bathing suit, and backpacking essentials
Length of hike: 2.2 miles to the lake, more if you continue on around the lake