Soapstone Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Seaside, OR that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Take US highway 26 to the Oregon highway 53 south junction. Follow this winding road south for 4.5 miles to the signed left hand turn to Soapstone lake. Follow this one-lane gravel road about 3 miles to the trailhead.
What a pleasant surprise. The area is blasted by logging, but still surprises with old spruce trees, an abandoned homestead and a wonderful bridge over the creek. While we were crossing over the bridge I heard a splash beneath us. The creek was full of huge Chinook salmon spawning and working their way upstream!
Hike is just as it is listed. Went with my two dogs on leash and it was a beautiful hour plus spent on a good Oregon trail.
Great spot for a first time backpacking trip with my son!
Beautiful hot day. Easy trail for the whole family to enjoy.
Great! Went with my son and two dogs and it was very easy and we all really liked it!
Gorgeous! Well worth it
What an awesome hike for everyone! We will do it again. Kids loved the newts in the water and all the logs. The trail is great and loved the little bridges.
What fantastic little hike. Not to far for a quick jont in the woods. The lake is really nice and the hike in is fairly easy. Well worth your trip down.
This was a nice little hike-- there aren't many places that combine a very short hike with an opportunity for camping. However, unsurprisingly for a weekend in midsummer, the only established campsite was already occupied. There are other camping options nearby for no-trace camping, but the only flat spots around the lake are VERY small. A worst case scenario might be camping at the end of the road just to the west of the lake-- it's flat, but it's also not scenic at all.
Great hike for those with kids, short - there are some stairs, cool bridges - the other sites that mention crossing a creek are outdated, there is now a bridge over that part. Very shadded for most of trail only a few really open spots - great wild flowers, and lots of life in the lake, great place for little ones to watch the newts. Only one place on lake to really pitch a tent by no trace standards. We passed many people with toddlers and one lady with a 10 month old. Even saw someone in a skirt and burks, this is not a difficult trail as rated on the first site we saw. Very easy. Go to the right if you want to get to the camp sigt without having to go all the way around the lake, there are several geocash is the area including one at the juntion of the hike in and the trail around the lake. Really hoping to find directions to the road that ends just above the lake (off to the right of the lake as you come in from the camp site) so my disabled hubby can drive in and not kill his ankle!