Eel Lake Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Eel Lake Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lakeside, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1820 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
20 days ago

9/24/17 • Parking at Tugman Park, walk through field with playground, past the fish ladder and you will find the trail head at a bridge. I started my hike at 1:30 and finished about 5:00 but stopped a lot for pictures and viewing. This trail starts out wide and easy and follows the southern side of Eel Lake. A few area's where small streams cross have old logs that could be challenging if wet. Weather was perfect for shorts and T-shirt. I took one small pack with 20 ounce water bottle and it worked out perfect. There were a lot of huckleberries and they were prime for the picking. Plan on seeing a lot of ducks in the various Coves as you trek, as well as Chipmunks. There is a large clear-cut above you on the Southeast side that you could possibly see black bear, elk, deer and many other Oregon native animals. There were a few small stretches of the trail where it narrowed and the dirt was still wet so it was a bit muddy but then it would open back up. I could not find an end of trail sign. The trail seem to end in an area that was swampy with skunk patch. I side hilled for a while on a makeshift cleared trail but it did not go anywhere so it would be nice to have a sign saying in the trail. If you do this trail and you see a log across the trail with two red straps I think that is the end of the trail. This trail was actually more challenging than I thought it was going to be but I had a lot of fun and take lots of pictures. Thanks for reading!

Doug DeShazer ✌️

hiking
25 days ago

nice little trail. The last mile is pretty neglected and lots of bear skat after mile 2.5.....

1 month ago

Nice hike along lake. More easy than moderate. For the first 2 miles this is an easy walking well maintained path. Pass the 2 mile marker the trail deteriorated becoming narrow and overgrown for about 1/4 mile then turns better but not as good as before. A little beyond 3 miles (from start) trail gets small and muddy (in August) and we turned around.

Note; Some reviews said was hard to find. If in day use area this trail does not start near lake but up a bit - if in day use meadow look for clearing in brush/trees and enter there. Or you can go to the RV dump place and you will see a blocked off dirt road there that you can take toward lake. In either case you will come to a bridge with the trail sign marking the start.

2 months ago

Excellent walk along the southern rim of Eel Lake. Mostly shaded with a well marked path. This is a good beginner's walk, too.

2 months ago

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4 months ago

Trail was scenic and nice. Good hike for kids & if you're looking for a leisurely walk with lots to see. After 2 miles the trail got very narrow with overgrown vegetation which is why I didn't rate it higher.

5 months ago

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Play area for kids. Great hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Great trail. Though it won't crush your legs or cardio, it will sooth the soul. Hard pack trail, low rocks and rubble. Heavy canopy, great for a summer hike. Bugs and spiderwebs were few even in August and with the lake nearby. Very light undulating path. Great for those who hiking is not there thing but good enough to get some exercise. Very beautiful.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A nice lake, park, and trails. There are 2 trails. The one to the left is 2 miles. The one to the right is the 6 mile trail. This trail is well groomed and easy to navigate. Good one for most people.

hiking
Thursday, June 16, 2016

I hiked this trail while camping at the Winchester Bay dunes. The trail goes all along the water which makes for an excellent view the entire way. Even though the trail starts at a large park with a playground and possibly a swimming area, we met very few people and enjoyed some quiet solitude. The weather went back and forth between sunny and rainy but we stayed relatively dry due to the tree cover. We went a long way without reaching any obvious end but the trial became noticeably less traveled or maintained which might mean that we passed it. The trail is pretty easy with no real elevation, but kinda muddy with some slippery, sketchy log bridges. It would be great for older children (probably 8 and up) or baby carrying.

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

birding
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Lovely trail but I only found a rough 2 mile trail. We must have missed something but the view was wonderful!

trail running
Thursday, November 26, 2015