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Soda Peaks Lake Trail West is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,443 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Camping Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Snow
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PLEASE NOTE: Check the status of Forest Road 54 before visiting: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=74205

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Tanja Olson
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Hiking

This is a steep hike but it’s worth the views and the beautiful lake at the end. It was easy to find. I had been there before so I knew where the trail started. Others have commented about that. It was very shady and much cooler than down at river level. I wished I had brought another layer, but we warmed up when we started climbing. Beautiful mature forest and small opening of wildflowers in spring and summer. I will definitely do this hike again. We stopped at Backwoods Brewing in Carson afterwards and that hit the spot. We were surprised how busy they were. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table on Saturday evening.

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masako bridges
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Brandon Erickson
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CampingGreat!

Great trail and the lake is amazing. We camped one night and loved it. The directions we had told us to take the right fork after passing onto forest land. That road, we believe to be FR54, is washed out. We eventually found the trailhead but not without a lot of wrong turns and wondering if we were headed the right way. I would suggest the approach from Carson, regardless of which trail you want. That road is paved and well signed. The trip is worth it. The lake was warmer than expected.

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Nicky Wyman
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HikingBugs

This trail was really great! We had a hard time finding the trail as there we no other cars in the parking area when we arrived. After much searching we finally found it. There is what looks like a small green box that’s knocked down right at the trail opening. And if you walk a bit you’ll find the trail sign and permit box. I recommend sturdy boots and hiking poles if you prefer as the first half of the trail was very steep. Then you arrive at the peak and there is a beautiful view of the mountain and you can see the lake. The lake was beautiful and is a popular backpacking destination. We saw at least 4 groups coming in for the weekend. The climb back up to the peak was significantly easier then the first half. Overall a great hike!

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Judson Boggioni
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Hiking

I absolutely love this lake and have done it going in from both ways… This is by far an easier way to go… I went there about three weeks ago… On the shorter of the two hikes… I had my oil plug fall out right around the Highbridge in Carson… I’m not sure if it’s somebody loosened it in the parking lot… Because in Hemlock when you turn off right at Stabler…Somebody has a sign posted on the tree that says something like stay out locals only… Like they own the land or something… Just beware… Check your oil plugs before you leave and possibly your Lugnuts… Enjoy

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dee s
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Hiking

I enjoyed this trail overall - really beautiful. Not so many people on the trail, though on a summer weekend there were a lot of people camping around the lake, and as the lake is relatively small, their voices carried quite a bit. It was a lot of noise, which made it difficult to have a quiet, peaceful rest at the lake. It was a little difficult to find the trailhead, though you'll know once you're on it.

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K Blake
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BackpackingBugsMuddy

Beautiful lake, tons of trout. If your coming in from the west, don't miss the trail marker directing you down the hill to the switchbacks. Stayed one night on the southwest side of the lake, got their early in the morning and found the perfect spot. Another of people showing up throughout the day, some camping some just hiking. Most were polite but some would tromp through your campsite with their dogs off leash without announcing themselves which is never polite. Hard to relax and enjoy the lake as people are constantly walking behind or in front of you (if your staying in one of the proposed camp sites around the lake as they are very close to the shoreline). Would hike again for a day hike but not stay the night unless its on a weekday and hope less people will be there

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Carissa Barry
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HikingBugs

7/11/20 The mosquitos were horrible. The trailhead isn't visible from where you park. Someone put a note in the permit box that some cars had their oil caps stolen over the 4th of July but luckily we had no issues. The hike itself was tough but the views were nice. The lake itself was fine but again so many mosquitos we didn't want to stay long. The mosquitos made this hike one I wouldn't do again. I would also rate this trail higher than moderate.

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Chris P
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HikingBugsMuddy

A little muddy at the start but dries up. No signs along the trail, so make sure you know where you're going. There is a little switchback that is hard to miss, but someone marked it with a carin and stick pointing down. Mosquitoes attacked at the trail head. If you keep moving they leave you. Good amount of parking at the crossroad, but no signage to where the actual trail starts close to the road. You have to find the trail and hike in a few feet to see the trapper creek wilderness billboard.

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Brooke S
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HikingBugsMuddy

Road to the trail has many potholes. Bring bug spray, they are viciously out there. AllTrails should have more difficulty levels, I’d rate this one moderate-hard, incline for half the trail there and more incline on the way back, but mostly downhill on the way back

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dan short
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HikingGreat!

Over-nighter with my 10 year-old. Really nice trail to a very pretty lake. Some bugs but manageable. We hiked in Saturday morning arriving at the lake around noon and easily found a great spot to camp by the lake. Quite a few groups showed up later in the day and probably had a harder time finding a good spot. Fished a bit without success. Poured with rain over-night and we trooped out Sunday morning. Highly recommend for anyone looking for an easy one-night intro to backpacking.

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Hayley Brands
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HikingBugsMuddy

Beautiful secluded hike! The forest road to the trailhead is one of the nicest I've ever been on (we came in through Carson). All paved except one small section of gravel. Bugs were out so make sure to pack your spray. Our dog loved cooling off in the lake at the end of the hike. We saw less than 10 other people on a Sunday afternoon.

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Carisa Coe
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BackpackingBugs

We had a great night at the lake. Quite steep coming in and then going out. Caught some fish, gorgeous views at the top.

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Michael & Brooke Pauly
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HikingMuddy

This trail was so beautiful. Muddy in places but nothing terrible. It is a good work out, pretty seep on the way up and then steep down to the lake, which of course you then have to do in revers to get back out. Will for sure go again, the lilies were amazing, little fields of them all over. Great camp sites around the lake. Over all really lovely day.

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Sam Fader
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HikingMuddySnow

Great, fairly secluded trail. Only saw a few other groups. Definitely muddy, but nothing too bad. Also small amounts of snow still left. There's a fair amount of elevation gain, followed by a steep drop into a beautiful alpine lake, and then you have to get back out. NF-54, the road to the trailhead from Carson area, is in perfect condition, paved the entire way (except for one tiny section).

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Erin Buell
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BackpackingBlowdownMuddySnow
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Hank Costello
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Laura Bien
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Hiking

Great trail, very remote. Now that it’s cooling off, I’d recommend wearing pants. Parts of the trail are slightly overgrown or tall brush. Easy to follow the trail though. Steep inclines, and what you climb, you have to get down. Worth it for the peaceful lake at the end.

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Sumer Nishimura
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Hiking

Yes a lot of mosquitoes! Bring extra strength stuff! My 8 yo son and I attempted this trail, but the bugs were just too much even with bug spray! The trail has areas that are not wide and bushy so make sure you wear long pants or something to protect your legs. There is no cell service up there so make sure you plan.

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Ian Anderson
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HikingBugs

plenty of elevation gain and lots of mosquitoes. :)

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Jay Zeb
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HikingBugs

Hike in is over a large hill and down the other side. Lots of mosquitos whole way. Bring lots of bug spray . Lake is beautiful with multiple campsites around it. Spent one night stars were showing bright, and it’s so quiet, only sound was the breeze in the trees.

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