Explore the most popular camping trails near Stevenson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
7 days ago

First hammock camping trip. Tough climb to the lake. No bugs. Dry on the way up, but rained all night and on hike out. Saw fish caught. Probably swimmable with hot weather.
5 or 6 groups of day hikers but only one other overnighter at the lake.
Lots of day hikers with dogs on the lower, first section of the trail.

Love this trail! Peaceful and beautiful

I found my way back to this trail recently. Planning s return for overnight stay!!

fishing
1 month ago

Trail was steep as avertised but very short. The road was kind of sketchy so i had to park 3 miles from the trailhead. The walk was not bad though with some great views. I caught 5 very small trout. The only draw back was that many had left their garbage behind. I packed it out for them as much as I could. In all a great hike with not a lot of traffic.

Great weather. Great views. Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

oh goodness do not take this trail lightly. at about 3 miles on the actual trail I started a chant of "a****** trail I will defeat yooooou"... but I only saw one person at the lake, otherwise, so undertraveled for such a lovely place.

Hiked up on July 4th with my 16,8,5 year old boys and our Lab. The road from Carson is in excellent condition. The weather was a bit cloudy with no beating sun with temperatures in the 70's which made the mosquitoes tolerable using Repel Sportsman Max 40. The hike up was awesome as usual and my 5 year old son did all by himself. I had to hold his hand a good amount of the time as many parts of the trail are quite steep with a solid drop off for a 5 year old. My 8 year old made it in and out all by himself. When we got there we found a camping spot along the East side of the lake and within 5 minutes of having my line in the water I pulled out a 12" Rainbow Trout! I used a Feather Treble Hook Spinner Spoon Lure with Balls O' Fire Salmon Eggs on 2 hooks and garlic PowerBait on the other hook. Now, does any of this matter? Who knows, I did not get another bit, nor did my 8 year old son over the next 4 hours, but hey, I got one and it was delicious! The mosquitoes at the lake weren't too bad either. There was maybe 5-6 sets of people we saw the entire 8 hour day including the trip in and out. I would say we had at least 3 hours by our self while fishing at the lake. The views at the ridge line of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and the Goat Rocks were stunning as always! The one trail blockage that was there in May has been removed so it is smooth sailing up and in. If you can call 5 miles and 1500' elevation gain smooth sailing. If you have never taken a trip up to Soda Peaks Lake, DO IT! It is well worth the drive. It is just over 2 hours from Battle Ground WA each way.

Great hike. Super steep. Bring the poles! Leaving from Mineral Spring TH would cut out another mile or 2. I started from Trapper Creek and pegged it at 9.9 miles. Very rewarding.

took a day hike with my family(including my 4 year old daughter and 9 year old nephew) not the easiest hike and ended up carrying my 4 year old on my shoulders about half way. it was worth it. awesome lake and caught 2 German brown trout in about 15 minutes of arriving. it was July of last year and it started raining pretty hard so we didnt stay long but I will be returning for an overnight trip.

short but steep on the way out. caught a couple trout. alot ot salamanders also.

Did this hike 5/27. The road from Carson had one patch of snow that might give some low-riding vehicles problems but is otherwise fine.

The trail is by and large pretty good UNTIL you come out of the switchbacks on the east side of the ridge. This is where you have to start walking on top of 2-3 foot snow drifts that haven’t melted.

TOTALLY doable but following the trail isn’t a walk in the park. A good topo map with GPS along with some common sense and you’ll be GTG. Or just wait until July.

The lake itself was perfectly crystal clear.

backpacking
3 months ago

Planned a Memorial Day weekend 2-night backpack camping trip with my kids and another friend. Life happened and I was only able to go up for the day to visit. FS54 is still closed so I had to drive from Battle Ground through Carson and around the back side. I had to park about 1/2 mile from the trail head as the few patches of snow on the road were a bit too much for my Highlander. My Excursion would have been just fine. The hike to the ridge line wasn't that bad. There is still a couple of patches along the trail with over a foot of snow. As we made our decent we quickly hit a lot more snow after the switchbacks. That is where I surprisingly ran into my friend and his family hiking back OUT a day early. He said the main trail to the lake was covered in quite a bit of snow and that he ended up bushwacking down to the lake the day before and then back out that afternoon. They were able to camp in one of the camp sites just fine. The night was VERY COLD and windy. We may still be a few weeks to a month out before the full trail to the lake is snow free. Either way, my son and I, along with our lab had a blast hiking up and back out even if we did not get to hang out at the lake at all. We went to Stevenson and eat at Walking Man Brewery, a must visit if you ask me.

We weren't actually able to hike this today as there was still a lot of snow on the road about 4 miles from the trailhead. I like reading about this kind of thing in reviews so I know if I can even get there, so just thought I'd post that here! However, the drive up there is gorgeous (and paved, very good road conditions fyi) and definitely planning on going back later this year when the snow is melted and we can actually do the hike!

hiking
11 months ago

Well marked trail that features rushing creek, several foot bridges, old growth trees, and a spectacular lake. Stunning fall foliage and even snow on the trail near the lake. Definitely is steep in places & this time of year it’s good to bring poles to help your balance with snow on the trail (was very very slick in a few spots) The lake took my breath away- absolutely beautiful with crystal clear water and snow covered peaks surrounding it. Eating our lunch on a log by the lake enjoying the sunshine -it started lightly snowing! Did not see one person on the way up...so peaceful & serene. My hiking buddy clocked this trail as being 11 miles out & back. Took us about 6 hours total. I agree with the “HARD” rating. Hiked this on October 13.

backpacking
11 months ago

Hiked up on Sept 30 and had the trail to myself. I agree with the other reviews about the steeper incline. Set up camp at one of the 4-5 lakeside campsites. Pretty lake with mist rising from the water as clouds rolled over the mountain tops. Rained hard all night and next morning so it made for a soggy hike down the next morning. Camped the next day at one of the government mineral springs campsites and dried out by a campfire.

It is a drive to get there but it was worth it. Hornets nest 1/4 of the way in. I got stung a few times on the way out. Beautiful mountain forest. Rugged trail. The lake is amazing.

This hike started at Trout Lake, Wa, PCT mile 2226, for a 66 mile - 6.5 day hike to White Pass, Wa from 9-3-17 to 9-9-17. Trout Lake temp forecasted for 101. We left early and missed most of the heat and while hot, had cool offshore breeze all day. Elevation gain steady all day. Arrived at camp at 5pm, mile 2238. All set up and done by 7:45. In tent at 7:45pm

Day 2, PCT Mile 2238-2251. up at 5 AM, breakfast pack up by 7:20 AM. Hotter than yesterday and very smokey from Cascade Locks Fire. Had to hike with buff over face to breath better. Crossed wide fast flowing creek. Long gradual decent to lava springs. Lunch. Up to camp after seasonal spring mile 2251. .13.3 miles today. Dinner with neighbors. Bed at 8pm

Day 3, PCT Mile 2251-2262. Up at 6am. Set alarms for 5am then 5:30am and got up at 6am. We needed the extra morning sleep. Breakfast, packed up and got more water for the morning hike. Steep up til lunch and hotter than yesterday. Down til last water for 10 miles and level to camp at Walupt Lake trail jct. Camp at mile 2262. 7:20pm.

Day 4, PCT Mile 2262-2272. Up hill all day and all day and all day through Cispus Pass! Beautiful even with all the smoke from local fires! Refilled with water at Cispus River. Got extra cooking water that another small seasonal stream. Wanted to camp close to Cispus Basin. Had to push on up another mile to a wonderful camp at 2272.1. Had dinner with two Northbounders. Got to bed late by 830.

Day 5, PCT Mile 2272-2279. (NOTE: I forgot to start track until PCT-Old Snowy Jct. Adding another 1043ft to elevation. Total Elevation is 1765ft. Total elevation gain is not known for this section) Northbounders are gone first thing. Took my time. Decided my plan for the day was go to McCall Basin. Up up up all the way to the junction of PCT an old snowy. Talked to northbounder who was now southbounding. She skipped Oregon and South bounded Washington to avoid fires. She was coming to grips that this may be her last leg due to fires. I stayed here for over an hour. Had cell service contacted Friends and Family. Texted other family on The Knife. Got water on the other side. Found camp at mile 2279, half-mile before McCall basin. In tent by 730 because of the cold and the wind. Cooler tonight. I put the fly on tonight. Could rain.

Day 6, PCT Mile 2279-2287. Chilly night but not bad. Up late. Breakfast and coffe, packed up and left at 9:30am. Getting ride for a Saturday pickup. Planning on staying at campsite after Shoe Pass. Trail is downhill to Lutz Lake. Got almost 2 liters of water. Hard to filter. Lake questionable. Saw the kids (a couple we've been leapfrogging all week, dubbed them "The Kids") at Lutz. Down and level till after campsite. Up up up til Hidden Springs jct. took break. The kids arrived about 10 min later. Up til Shoe Lake jct and right to Shoe Lake. Got water and lunch. Up and up til Shoe Lake Pass. The kids arrived about 5 min later. :) Walked over the Pass to campsite CS2287. Passed it since my apps couldn't agree. Came back and the kids had the spot I wanted. I took a more exposed site but really good if it doesn't rain. :) In tent by 5pm. Cool and windy after sun went below ridge behind us. Made coffee and dinner. Let kids borrow my stove. Twice. They had fuel. Contacted all the family. Time now is 8:06pm. Almost time for bed. Cold and blowing all night. Tent caved in from all sides all night. High winds. Kids helped me pack up in the morning...very windy! No breakfast up here. 5 miles till White Pass. No track for this 5 miles (phone battery low). Took my time. Arrived at Trailhead at 10:55...right on time. Wonderful trip and beautiful despite all the smoke. An awesome experience. Next year...I'll shoot for over 100 miles in one hike. :)

backpacking
Friday, September 08, 2017

Pretty easy hike, although the trailhead was a bit hard to find. A good climb for the first 1.25 miles, nice switch backs on the way down to the lake! Nice camping spots along the lake! Quiet, clear trails!

camping
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Definitely advise going late July to mid August, went early June and there was still snow on the ground which made the trail that much harder. It rained the entire time we were there so we didn't stay long but it was a beautiful lake, originally planned on fishing but didn't get to it. Definitely pack light, easy going down but a good work out going up, I'll say my pack was about a good 80 lbs. The road up is really rough, a 4x4 rig would be advised, I had to use my winch on my Wrangler to get through some of the snow but even the clear roads were rough. Overall definitely worth it, will be going there again when it's warmer for sure.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Would have loved to have even made it to the trailhead using the Chelatchie entrance to the western trailhead. Read below for conditions as of June, 11, 2017

FR 57 to 5704 to FR 58 has about three feet of snow for the last two miles to the 5407 JCT. It is covered in deep potholes as well. If you have the right vehicle, a strong resolve while driving on the edge of a very steep drop, patience to go about 10-15 mph for two hours, and chains, you may be able to get through this way.

FR 54 through the concrete dividers, road will go to gravel then back to paved. About half a mile into this paved portion the road is COMPLETELY GONE. Be aware, the hole we came across was about 7ft across and already 200-300 feet down. There are some warning markers hanging above in the tree on the other side of the chasm.

If you're planning to hike Soda, take the Carson route.

backpacking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

Tough incline. Great view. No trailhead signage

This was a 27 mile southbound hike of the PCT from White Pass, to the Snowgrass Trailhead in the Goat Rocks. It was 2.5 days and over the Labor Day weekend from 9-3-16 to 9-5-16. I was shuttled to and from both locations which made the point-to-point hike possible.

Day 1: White Pass to Lutz Lake
Day 2: Lutz Lake to Snowgrass Flats
Day 3. Snowgrass Flats to Snowgrass Trailhead #96.

9-3-16
I started hiking at 9:15am and stopped for a snack at Shoe Lake at around 1:30pm. I had 3 camping options, Shoe Lake, Hidden Springs and Tieton Pass. I found camping is restricted at Shoe Lake. I guess I didn’t do my research completely. However, it was too early in the day for that anyway. I tried hiking to Shoe Lake a couple years before but was stopped by snow and was glad to see the trail to Shoe Lake was clear.

I arrived at Hidden Springs, my second camping option shortly after leaving Shoe Lake, too early for camping so I skipped the .3 miles to check it out. Tieton Pass, was touted by hikers heading northbound as being open with camping but I found just the opposite. While being somewhat open, there is kind of a suitable flatter spot that could be used in a pinch if arriving at dusk or later. Since this wasn’t what I expected, I headed further south toward Lutz Lake hoping to find a spot.

I arrived at Lutz Lake, not one of my camping options, knowing from northbound hikers it was already crowded. I got there at 4:30pm to find a group of 4 with 3 tents setup and flat spots for two more tents. They offered me a spot next to them and I took it without hesitation. A section-hiker took the spot next to me. It was interesting and fun to share tent sites with 5 other people. I was fortunate to have this space. Lutz Lake is small and shallow and as near as I can tell a stagnant pool of water. It was hard to tell if it was flowing or not.

9-4-16
I left Lutz Lake at 8:35am the next morning but needed to get water at the lake. I clogged my Sawyer Mini and blew out the provided bladder at the neck trying to filter that water. I was able to get some water before the blowout and saw there were possible water options before The Knife which was my main concern, so I pressed on. There are more tent sites along the PCT after Lutz Lake within a mile of the lake. Good to know for next time

The accent from Lutz Lake to Elk Pass is a beautiful one indeed, especially hiking above timberline. I have never seen that side of the Goat Rock Wilderness and took many pictures. I found a water source halfway to Elk Pass and taped up my bladder well enough to fill my water reservoir. The meadows above that were breathtaking as were the views. You can’t go wrong.

Elk Pass was what I expected. Barren of tall vegetation, slightly windy and beautiful. It was clear there but you could tell the clouds were coming in and I was hoping The Knife would be clear. And it was for the most part. Wisps of clouds (fog really) were coming from west to east over The Knife but things were still visible. Around the 7000 ft. level the clouds came in thick and we were hiking The Knife in clouds (fog), white on both sides with nothing to see. The last 400 ft up to the junction of Old Snowy was one of the steepest sections I’ve hike in a while. Slow going but well worth it. As I was nearing the top and it was leveling out, there was a group of 6 hikers cooking lunch and having a wonderful time. I sat next to them and had a snack myself.

My camping destination was Snowgrass Flats and after lunch made my way in the fog down the PCT. The more I descended, the clearer it became and by the time I got to the junction of the PCT and Snowgrass trail #96, I removed all my warmer layers, took off my pant legs and found a tent site in warm sunny weather.

9-5-16
I woke up the next morning to frost on my tent fly since my tent was in the shade of large trees. The sun was out and I moved the tent and all my gear into the sun to thaw out. The morning was beautiful with warmer clear weather. A stark contrast to yesterday morning. I packed up and left by 10:20am to meet my ride at the trailhead at noon.

The weather for this hike as great, clouds and all. Being Labor Day Weekend, there was most likely more people than normal which made it fun. I have never hiked north of Old Snowy on the PCT and it was more beautiful than I hoped. I will do this hike again in a heartbeat but next time plan for 3-5 days…or more.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

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.

fishing
Monday, June 13, 2016

Great hike but with several blowdowns on the back side as you come down into the lake. Perfect place to spend a couple days camping and fishing. Five star without the blowdowns.

Great trail to start your season!

Section hiked this trail with friend who is doing the entire PCT. Amazing adventure!

hiking
Monday, July 27, 2015

The Trapper Creek Wilderness is a special place and I have a goal to hike all of the trails in it. This one has been on the list for a long time, mostly because I didn't know if I could make it. It is a difficult climb but I gave myself plenty of time to do it. The cooler temperatures helped but it rained for the first 7 miles of the hike so I had to make multiple stops to wring out my socks and boot inserts so I could avoid blisters. That worked well but was also time-consuming. Not many flowers in the TCW overall and I only really saw two or three varieties today. But it is very lush and verdant greenery, especially so when walking through head-high thickets of sopping wet. There are no views to speak of but along the ridgeline, the clouds made for some interesting photo opportunities as they settled in the valley.

The last push to the lake was quite difficult. There were quite a few people camping at the lake but all of them came in from the Soda Peaks Lake West trail, as it is much shorter with a lot less elevation gain. The campsites are pretty much right on the trail so it can be a bit awkward walking through people's campsites to stay on the trail around the lake. I fought my way through lots of ankle-grabbing undergrowth to do the lake circuit and heard a pika calling on the big talus slope on Soda Peaks. On my way back down, I passed quite a few backpackers on their way to the lake and a few day hikers. The descent almost took me as long, as it was super steep and a little tricky once it was wet, what with the rocks, roots and such that I had to step over. I was very glad to have my poles to help with balance.

Overall, a long and tiring hike but a rewarding one.

fishing
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The road from Sunset Falls camp ground is still pretty rough, but no worse than last summer. Trail to the lake is in good condition, very little overgrowth (I cleared out a lot of the minor obstructions on my way back up as an excuse to take a break).

The lake was again beautiful! we arrived about 5pm and nobody was there the 3 hours we fished and hiked around the lake. Again, fish jumping out of the water constantly, but no bites. really need to learn to fly fish.

The trail is steep, but a gem just outside of Battle Ground. drive is close to 1 hr from Sunset Falls due to the pot holes in the road, but worth the journey.

fishing
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Steep! This is a must hike in my opinion.

First however, you have to get here. Coming from Battle Ground after you pass Sunset Falls Campground NF42 is extremely littered with potholes. I broke the exhaust pipe on my Excursion on my last trip up. After you have driven about 7 miles past Sunset Falls you will start to climb up to 4000' as you make a half circle around the valley below. once you make it to the top you will soon pass a turn off to the left to a good sized parking spot. This is NOT the trail. Keep going another 1/2 mile to the small turn out on your LEFT. If you see a road on your right, you have gone too far. If you see 2 more, you have really gone too far, turn back. The trailhead is unmarked. The window to hike up here is pretty small as well. Because it is so high up the snow does not melt for a long time. This year there was still snow at 3300' on June 10th (trailhead is at 4008'). I went up in August and made it.

The trail is really steep. Pretty cool going down, but taxing for sure heading back up. I had to stop a few dozen times along the 1/2 mile trail. The lake appeared to be full of fish, I was fishing with simple worm and a hook and had ZERO luck over a few hrs. I think that fly fishing may have been successful as we saw fish jumping to eat at the surface the whole time.

Overall a really cool place that i plan on making a regular destination.

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