Soapstone Lake Trail

EASY 47 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.

2.7 miles
360 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


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.

6 days ago

Very pretty and, at times, slippery trail. He found three newts and a father and son caught a salamander in the lake. Great family hike!

11 days ago

Well maintained trail. Definitely slippery on some of the inclines of you hike in the rain. Not overcrowded. Great for dogs on leash. Inclines/declines can be difficult for people with stability issues, otherwise a lovely, easy trail!

Nice short hike with a pretty lake, but not really suitable for swimming as it might be tough locating a decent beach.

2 months ago

Nice trail in heavily wooded area. Well maintained and nice balance between ascents and descents. No views, nice walk through nature.

3 months ago

Wonderful bridges and trail is well maintained. love all the dragonfly, salamanders, bugs and the snake I saw.

6 months ago

Great spot for a short, easy hike.

6 months ago

Nice easy hike. Bring the family. From the trail head and around the lake it is not as far as the map states. Pleasant walk if you have low experienced hikers if just want a nice stroll. Well maintained trail, lots of salamanders.

Monday, September 04, 2017

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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.

Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

Monday, July 17, 2017

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

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!!***

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

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.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Beautiful trail, well maintained and so many old trees!

Monday, February 13, 2017

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.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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.

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!

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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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

Monday, April 18, 2016

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

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!

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