Placid Lake Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and fishing and is best used from July until October.
Directions from Carson: Travel north on the Wind River Highway (County Route 30) for approximately 4-5 miles to Forest Route 65. Follow 65 north across the forest boundary. Continue of 65 north for approximately 15 miles to Forest Route 6507. Follow 6507 north past Forest Routes 129 and 131 to Primary Forest Route 30. Follow 30 northeast to for approximately two miles to Forest Route 420. Take 420 east for about one mile to the trailhead.
Very short hike when coming from cougar side. Beautiful- small lake caught a couple 8 in cutthroat trout. If fishing bring an inflatable to fish from. Trail doesn't go around entire lake.
beautiful meadows and alpine rainforest but it was heavy with mosquitos in boggy areas - it must be a fantastic autumn hike, and I'd give it a much higher rating if I'm able to check it out when the bugs aren't so thick.
My oldest and I did an overnight backpacking trip and started at Trail Head to Placid Lake. Pretty nice trail with a few "bumps" along the way. Placid Lake was a nice lake but with the summer in full swing the waters seemed low. Pretty area. There was a family camping along the lakes shore. The mosquitos weren't very bad here but each day proves a new day and the mosquitos may have simply been full :)