Thomas Lake Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, WA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Vancouver, east 55 miles on Highway 14 to the town of Carson. Turn north on Wind River Road and go 5 miles to Forest Service Road 65. Turn right and drive 17 miles to the trailhead on the right.
Great easy hike. Lots of delicious huckleberries this year. The good news is that the washout from the spring 2016 on Rd 65 has been repaired.
A good trail to enter Indian Heaven Wilderness Area
Beautiful hike with tons of lakes. Uphill the whole way in.
A cluster of lakes is just up from the trailhead, but keep going up to vast meadows on the next level, where you'll find fewer people, and where the lakes are so numerous they don't all have names. In August and Sep, huckleberries are a big payoff. Don't gorge yourself of the bitter blue ones along the first part of the trail (Vaccinium ovatifolium). Save room for the sweeter purple-black huckleberries (Vaccinium membranaceum) that prevail further up. It's worth the hike all the way to stunning Blue Lake at the PCT junction. If you want to go a little further, check out Tombstone Lake, just a few hundred feet down the east side of the divide from the PCT. With all these tiny, still lakes, mosquito repellent is a must.
Great easy trail would take kids on the hike. The 6.6 miles is to Blue lake but there was to much snow at the top of the mountain in the end of June to make it to the lake. great for overnight camping.
Relatively simple trail in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The camping area is currently under reconstruction/renovation. Seriously, anywhere in the Indian Heaven is paradise. You simply have to appreciate nature. All four of my kids and two of a friends had a blast. the youngest was four and oldest was 16.
We got to this trailhead by traveling through Trout Lake, Washington and heading out on the NF roads. You can also access this by going through Carson, Washington.