Thomas Lake Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Thomas Lake Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
721 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

lake

From Vancouver, east 55 miles on Highway 14 to the town of Carson. Turn north on Wind River Road and go 5 miles to Forest Service Road 65. Turn right and drive 17 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Trail in great condition- we camped farther in Junction Lake, going roundabout through Blue Lake onto PCT.
Got chased out by the East Crater fire on Sunday Sept 4. There's actually a direct

1 month ago

If you come across a road closed sign, it just turned out to me a minor wash out. Any 4WD vehicle should have no problem getting through.

The hike itself is nice and easy, lots of lakes and minimal elevation gain. We were a little early for huckleberries this year. Bugs were out but not in force.
(Early Aug 2017)

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Great easy hike. Lots of delicious huckleberries this year. The good news is that the washout from the spring 2016 on Rd 65 has been repaired.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

camping
Saturday, April 30, 2016

A good trail to enter Indian Heaven Wilderness Area

camping
Monday, September 28, 2015

Great trip!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Beautiful hike with tons of lakes. Uphill the whole way in.

hiking
Sunday, August 31, 2014

A cluster of lakes is just up from the trailhead, but keep going up to vast meadows on the next level, where you'll find fewer people, and where the lakes are so numerous they don't all have names. In August and Sep, huckleberries are a big payoff. Don't gorge yourself of the bitter blue ones along the first part of the trail (Vaccinium ovatifolium). Save room for the sweeter purple-black huckleberries (Vaccinium membranaceum) that prevail further up. It's worth the hike all the way to stunning Blue Lake at the PCT junction. If you want to go a little further, check out Tombstone Lake, just a few hundred feet down the east side of the divide from the PCT. With all these tiny, still lakes, mosquito repellent is a must.

camping
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great easy trail would take kids on the hike. The 6.6 miles is to Blue lake but there was to much snow at the top of the mountain in the end of June to make it to the lake. great for overnight camping.

hiking
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Relatively simple trail in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The camping area is currently under reconstruction/renovation. Seriously, anywhere in the Indian Heaven is paradise. You simply have to appreciate nature. All four of my kids and two of a friends had a blast. the youngest was four and oldest was 16.

We got to this trailhead by traveling through Trout Lake, Washington and heading out on the NF roads. You can also access this by going through Carson, Washington.