Explore the most popular lake 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.

Great intermediate hike! The trail isn’t clearly marked but it didn’t take long to find. Look for a few steps that start going up and you’ll get to an information board at the beginning of the hike. I love hiking trails that aren’t super crowded and this was it. Came across 2 people on the trail. My dog and I both thoroughly enjoyed this hike! Beautiful trail and beautiful lake. I drove up from battle Ground and drove home down to the gorge making the full loop. Both directions to the trailhead were clear and easy to drive on. Coming from battle Ground, the last 8 miles is gravel but it isn’t too rough.

backpacking
30 days ago

Hiked to Blue Lake. Pretty good climb for awhile. Thousands of wild blueberry plants with ripe fruit. Traveled 9/15 through 9/19. 2 rainy days but clear other days. Cold at night with some frost. No mosquitoes this time of year. Have to camp in designated areas, not much dry firewood

Nice hike in the remoteness of Indian heaven wilderness. Not a tough hike per se but gradually goes up hill most of the way. Can scramble to summit with a little bit of finesse without much difficulty if you’re sure footed. Not a hard trail to find with trail labeled.

backpacking
1 month 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

Nice easy hike. We continued to a beautiful Bear lake which is only 1.5 km from the Junction lake.

I went with Lisa. see the review below

8/28/18 Loved this trail. Wanted a mellower hike after doing the nearby 6.1 mile Indian Heaven hike yesterday. Slightly hilly, so got our heart rate up, but not too challenging. Beautifully groomed trails. Lots of ripe huckleberries trail side-wished I had brought a container to pick into and take home. Only saw one other group of hikers and a small group camping at the lake-which was muddy. Overall just a lovely, peaceful trail.

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

backpacking
1 month ago

Good entry to the Indian Heaven Wilderness and the PCT

great hike virtually no mosquitoes a little smoke in the air but overall it was a great day to hike and the lake is fantastic.

mosquitoes mosquitoes. Other than that beautiful, did I say mosquitoes!

This is a beautiful out and back trail to hike with almost all the elevation gain on the first 2.5 miles from the trailhead to Junction lake, but the return hike is mostly downhill. You must register at the trailhead with the provided tags (even if your just day hiking and not backpacking), but it’s quick, easy and free.
BRING BUG REPELLENT!! During mosquito season it’s unbelievably terrible how many times we were bitten, even with frequent repellent application, so be prepared.

It’s a favorite hike for my wife and I with our Lab. Remember that our 4 legged friends must be on leash and happy trails!

hiking
2 months ago

The mosquitoes and the biting flies were the bane of my existence on this hike up to Blue Lake. It was incredibly beautiful but even covered in DEET I was swatting flies and mosquitoes for three hours straight. I could hardly enjoy myself.

fishing
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Google maps shows you arriving at the trail about 300 feet before you actually do. There is a road sign at the actual trailhead, and parking for about 4 cars. Well maintained trail. The last .6 mile to the Rock has the most elevation gain in a short span. Mosquitos were abundant at the Rock. Finally has to put on bug spray. The views of Mt Rainier, and Mt Adams are worth everything.

Great weather. Great views. Great hike!

hiking
3 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.

backpacking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail! Many lakes along the way to wherever you’re headed with gorgeous meadows. My husband and were going to backpack in and stay the weekend but were eaten alive by mosquitos!! We stayed at the lake for about ten minutes and headed out. Guessing September may be the perfect time to come back. Bugs are out in full force mid July!

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
4 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.

a hard hike but so worth it.

Still too much snow on the road to get to the trail head in my jeep

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!

Really good loop. Photo ops for days, from flowers to forest to mountains ( St Helens and Hood)

7 months ago

A nice, easy walk, can be a little muddy.

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