Explore the most popular fishing 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.

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.

Took a few days to visit Mount Adams at Takhlakh Lake. The snow is semi melted so the roads are passable in any vehicle (we made it in a prius). Hardly saw any other people which was great. Took a 1.1 mile hike around the lake which is rated as great for families but half of the trail is covered in snow, some places a few inches amd others a few feet so it can be hard to find the trail at this time. We also did the offshoot trail of about the same distance up to Goat rocks to see views of Mount Rainier. Camp ground officially opens on the 22nd of June.

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.

1 month 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!

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.

10 months ago

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

My fiancé and I had our first camping trip here. We ended up having to change to barbless hooks because we would catch our limit of trout within an hour! So beautiful. The hike is pretty easy, a fun look you can take two times a day. Would recommend bug spray, or lots of citronella!

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.

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.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

After passing this trail head 2 weekends in a row on my way to/from Zig Zag Lake, I just had to check it out. It does take a while to get there, I already live in Battle Ground and it still takes approx 1 hr to get to the trail head. Plenty of parking (5-6 cars easy) for a trail that has very light use. We only made it about 2.5 miles in before we turned around, got a late start. The trail for the first mile was very easy. We had to use the loppers to cut through some over growth of blackberry-like bushes. There were a few places that were muddy as water was crossing over to get to the river. At 1 mile we reached the river and switched from our hiking boots to water shoes to cross the river. It was pretty easy this time of the year as the water was pretty low, never more than mid calf high. There is a pink ribbon on each side of the river to let you know where the trail is. The next mile to the second river crossing was nice as well. Mostly flat but still heavily forested. After crossing the river, where we were able to just walk across rocks. From this point you really start to climb. The next half mile we went from 1750' to 2000' and the trail just keep climbing. Along this path you see a lot of old growth trees that are charred from the 1902 Yacolt Brun. The trail had some stretches that were very narrow and/or slanted down hill. It was not that hard, but you do have to pay attention to to your steps. The 2 river crossings are very cool visually. Because we had to cut our way through 4-5x on the way in, it took about an extra 30 min. But we went a total of 5 miles (out and back) in 3h50m going at a steady pace and stopping to take in the views. I am looking forward to hitting this one again and getting all the way to the end Little Lookout Mtn. 4000'.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Closer to a 4 mile hike (out& back). 700 feet up, 600 down, repeat on the way back. The lake is gorgeous though, and you can camp there too. Make sure you have a good map to find the trail head.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Go beyond what you think is the end of the trail and you will be rewarded with Takhlakh Meadows. A great easy hike from the lake, we took a 3 and 6 year old with us, but I carried the 3 year old over the Lava Flows.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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 :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Great hike and camping. Bring bug spray as the Mosquitos are thick most of the summer.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

This was an easy trail, so it's perfect to bring the kids along. Beautiful lake with camping and fishing. Boats without gas motors are allowed. When the lake is still, you can get a beautiful picture of Mt. Adams reflcting.

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