Soapstone Lake Trail

EASY 36 reviews

Soapstone Lake Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Seaside, Oregon 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
360 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

4 months ago

Easy hike on a well maintained trail.
The lake is a bit underwhelming but pretty enough to warrant the walk.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail was in great condition and the scenery was beautiful! There was a short section of stairs and a few very short sections of steep hills, so while it is an overall easy hike, keep that in mind if brining anyone older or with physical constraints.

fishing
6 months ago

Easy hike, should be able to get to the lake within 45 min to an hour (despite what the sign at the trailhead says...) I had a walking boot on and had little to no difficulties. Went with a group of friends, ended up fishing, swimming and sitting by the lake for a few hours and only a couple of groups passed by us in that time. Probably won't come back here, but if you're looking for a quiet hike, this is a good spot.

6 months ago

It was a pretty walk. Easy hike but not too much to see, tons of flies, smelt like dog poo a lot of the way

6 months ago

I really enjoyed myself on this trail. I came alone and there were several other groups of hikers and solo hikers also there (this was a Sunday), which I found comforting and was not bothered by in the least. The loop around the lake is strenuous enough to get a workout, but nothing too exhausting.

camping
6 months ago

Went to go hike the trail and camp at the campsite at the lake, didn't get a chance to though. It's been converted to a day use only trail now and camping is not allowed. We had to run up to Saddleback State Park in order to make sure we had a campsite for the night. I may return sometime for a day hike. **This site does not have camping access as advertised!!***

hiking
7 months ago

It was a pretty hike. Lots of huge slugs and bunch of salamanders. Trailhead sign easy to spot. The drive to the start of the trail is a bit rough but we made it in car, however, it's not a through road so go back the way you came

hiking
8 months ago

May 2017 - Great little hike, took me 1 hour 10 minutes total. Great bridges, very well built, just one small muddy patch. Two trees are down blocking trail around the lake, but you can duck under them (they're about 4'6"-ish). Might be buggy in late summer.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail, well maintained and so many old trees!

hiking
11 months ago

There is storm damage and the road is impassable by car. We drove right in with a truck. The trail was great. Quiet, little mud and pretty views. We will be back... a great place to stop off at on the way to the coast.

hiking
11 months ago

I'm sure this would have been a great hike but the snow on the road leading to the trailhead hadn't been plowed so we had to turn around. Went to Ecola State Park/Crescent Beach trail instead. See my review.

walking
Monday, October 24, 2016

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!

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

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.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Great spot for a first time backpacking trip with my son!

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

Beautiful hot day. Easy trail for the whole family to enjoy.

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Great! Went with my son and two dogs and it was very easy and we all really liked it!

trail running
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gorgeous! Well worth it

hiking
Sunday, September 14, 2014

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.

hiking
Monday, August 13, 2012

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.

camping
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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.

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