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2 months ago

Nice hike for autumn. Went on a weekday and saw 1 other person. A little cooler made for perfect temps. No bugs. Leafy trees were showing off their colors and Cooper Lake is a beautiful payoff at the end.

Only reason I give it a 4 instead of 5 is the trail actually ends at a road (FS road 4616 I think). You’re only 100 yards or so from the lake but I had to walk up the road a bit to find a way down to the water. Not ideal. Also, I have a pet peeve about hiking to places that I could’ve actually driven to, but maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, nice 7ish mile round trip, beautiful day, can’t complain. Now that I’ve been there though, next time I plan to start at Cooper Lake and hike up to Pete Lake. No roads up there. Perfect.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful! We went on a Sunday afternoon. Parking was incredibly busy due to the swimming hole at the beginning of this hike. But we didn’t run into many people on the hike. Stopped to swim along the way and at the lake. Loved it!

Watch my video of the trip linked. You can also read my full trail report on my blog. https://www.gatlincreatives.com/blog/waptuslake

This was an incredible hike. Waptus Lake was more gorgeous than I could have imagined. It was worth every sore muscle and bug bite (and believe me, the bugs were not fun). I would highly suggest bringing bug spray and a mosquito netting to wear on the hike.

I am new to backpacking so the hike was only difficult because of the mileage. We hiked in on 7/6/18, did a relaxing day hike alongside the right side of the Lake on the 7th, and left on the 8th. Next time I would plan an extra two days to add in Spade Lake.

Wanted an easy hike to kick off the season and would definitely classify this as moderate rather than easy. Decent elevation gain (2,621 ft), loose rocks on the trail (nothing major, but tiring), and multiple river crossings definitely slowed us down. Most of the rivers were small and could be crossed on rocks if you are careful. One (at about 3 miles) was wider and the choice was either a thin wet log or remove your shoes and walk (about knee deep). We walked through the water on the way in. Kind of wish we brought water shoes. Bugs were not an issue for about the first 4 miles, and then we hit a wall of mosquitoes that lasted about 2 miles. Bring the Deet or mosquito netting!

Ended up stopping at mile 6 when it started raining as we found a sweet spot next to the river. Thought about trying to make the lake, but we were exhausted. Bugs were manageable at this point. Made a small fire in the existing pit and took advantage of the fresh water source. Woke up the next morning to swarms of mosquitoes and decided to head out rather than relaxing at the campsite (which we planned to do). Was a relief to finally get out of the bugs back around mile 4. Decided to traverse the thin log at the mile 3 river and made it but it's tricky. We were both gassed when we got to the car and rewarded ourselves with an amazing burger in Roslyn.
While we didn't make it to the lake, we did meet some hikers that did and were told that there are no mosquitoes there, and lots of prime camping spots. Only issue is the Horse Ford/River Crossing at 7.7 miles. Apparently, there used to be a bridge, but it washed out. Not sure I'd want to do that without a change of shorts (or quick dry material) and water shoes (crocs or something). Apparently, it's waist deep and cold. Maybe not year round, so I'd check. Would love to make it all the way to the lake one day, but might break it up into a 2 day hike in (unless I'm in better shape.) There are LOTS of pretty sweet camping spots along the way, but avoid the gauntlet of bugs if you decide to break it up. We also saw horses several times and had to avoid droppings all along the trail. Not a big deal, but thought I'd mention it.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Relatively easy but got in 8 miles by hiking to the end of the lake and back. Nice day.

Beautiful hike.! The entire hike is along the river. Pretty easy with little elevation gain. Once you get to the road, continue to the right on the road and cut down to the trail to the lake. Wildflowers were out. Even met a horse on the trail!

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

It was an easy trail. Hiked up to the lake and back. The dog swam in the lake and we enjoyed the views.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Easy drive to parking lot, only half mile on dirt road at end. Recommend continuing hike 5 minutes down trail across road at turn-around point, for view of Cooper Lake.

backpacking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Had a great two-day, one-night trip here! Bugs are a bit bad on the route, but aren't present at waptus lake. There were many great campsites and good solitude at waptus lake.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pretty, easy hike. Dry, shaded, saw deer. Quite close to the river the entire way. Able to easily trail run about half of it without worrying about tripping! Did extend along the Cooper Lake for about .6 miles, not very exciting.

snowshoeing
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Great snowshoe trail and overall awesome day!

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great easy/moderate hike. Had the trail to myself. No bugs. No mud. Trail is in good condition few trees down but nothing major. I recommend going to the end of cooper lake to check out the view.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

A few trees were down that took a bit of effort to climb over and one group on horses had to turn around due to the tree but overall a pretty easy hike with some beautiful views.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Great trail with awesome views, even in the rain. Beautiful hike!

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We started at the salmon la sac trail head onto cooper river 1311 trail. This was a 6 mile out and back trail that had plenty of Beauty to offer especially during early fall! Wonderful colors, beautiful peeks of the river along the way where you can see salmon swimming. We even got to see two doe and a buck close to ten feet away. Beautiful hike and was a decent work out for a not too experienced hiker. Would recommend and do this hike again.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

7/10/2016 (Sunday) -- This trail is definite a good one for beginner hikers, dry, gently inclined, river view, shade of woods, not rugged. Paved road stretches to campground, which is very popular on summer weekends, but the unpaved road (about half mile or less) from campground to trailhead has some big potholes. The trailhead (Salmon la Sac) provides access to three Forest Service trails (1311 Cooper River, 1310 Polallie Ridge, 1309 Waptus River). The Cooper River is gorgeous, but can been seen only near the trailhead. This trail seems to be used lightly, but in good condition, providing good solitude.

on Cooper River Trail

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

We hiked from the Salmon la Sac Trailhead to the end of the Cooper River Trail and then continued to Cooper Lake & the Owhi Campground via Forest Road and Owhi Trail. There is a vault toilet/restroom at the trailhead. Although the trailhead was packed, most people were playing at the nearby swimming holes and we had the trail almost entirely to ourselves (over the course of 8+ miles we ran into two other couples and a girl on horseback while on the trail). The trail runs high above the river and there are actually only two places where you can easily access the river. Both spots are about 2.5 miles in - but are well worth the hike in and of themselves. It is a quiet and peaceful hike through old growth forest. Lots of shade perfect for a hot August day. The lake and campground are a popular place and we had a lot of company - but we found our own spot and enjoyed a picnic, swimming and fishing. All in all a great way to escape the heat and enjoy a day outdoors! We will be back. Finally, it should be noted that this is NOT a strenuous hike. On a difficulty rating scale from 1 - 5, this is a 2. This may be due to the fact that it is late in the summer, the trail is dry and the fallen trees have been cut away from the trail.

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