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.

a hard hike but so worth it.

hiking
12 days ago

Good short hike with moderate elevation gain, best done in spring when wildflowers are abundant (April-May). Good for dogs. Watch out for nettles, which are abundant on the lower half of the trail. There's also a little poison oak, but not as bad as on most hikes in the Gorge. Habitats vary from streamside to oak woodland to wetland margin to mature Douglas-fir forest, which makes for good birding and botanizing. Some good views of the main Beacon Rock trail. Quite a popular trail in season, we saw about 50 people on 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)

A beautiful, quiet snowshoe with the dog. Saw not a soul on the pine marten or June lake trail that morning. Still about 3 feet of snow at the lake, had to break my own trail from about .25 miles out. I was surprised there was not more foot traffic, but glad for it. Roads plowed / all asphalt getting to marble mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

We were the only people at the bottom. Complete solitude and serenity with amazing views of the mountain. Logs from the blast still float along the edges of Spirit Lake. While the hike is steep its only a mile down and a mile up. Take down some lunch and enjoy the beauty.

2 months ago

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

A nice, easy walk through the woods with some gentle changes in elevation and good viewpoints.

I have been up this trail several times. I would consider this more of a gateway trail to Mt. Adams. It offers nice views up the Cascade Creek drainage and the Salt Creek Drainage. Graveyard Camp used to be a junction for the trail to Looking Glass Lake, it seems that the US Forest Service decided that the cut across trail does not need to be there. the sign is gone and the route is not shown on newer maps. (or the maps I have). I have the benefit of owning Columbia National Forest map from 1940. It's a shame so much history is forgotten. This area used to have shelters and structures all over the area.

backpacking
6 months ago

It has everything! A big waterfall, lots of views of mountain ranges, adventure/ rope ascents&decents, AMAZING COLORS in the late fall! Totally underrated backpacking trip!

hiking
6 months ago

Quick and easy but a great payoff. We did it in the rain and snow- the beautiful colors of the fall leaves with the crisp white snow made it a truly magical experience.

hiking
7 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
7 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.

backpacking
8 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!

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

8 months ago

Mosquitoes are horrid right now! Even covered in deet didn't slow them down. Such a bummer, had to leave trail soon after b/c we were covered.

on Thomas Lake Trail

9 months 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)

Great time trail steep and fun

hiking
9 months ago

We got to the trail head just before 9am and the parking lot was fairly empty. The trail was in great shape as it followed along a nice creek. Before we new it, we made it to June lake. The lake is gorgeous with a perfect waterfall flowing into the far side. Very picturesque! Check out just how beautiful this area is by watching the video below!

https://youtu.be/_OGT2rUNtD8

hiking
9 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. You have views of the mountain from different points along the trail and the lava flow stopped near the lake so you can explore that as well. There are a couple of waterfalls flowing into the lake and it's a gorgeous spot to have a picnic. We took our dog along and she had fun as well.

short hike. Could get off the beaten path quiet easily.

10 months ago

FR 99 closed until approx August due to winter road damage

hiking
10 months ago

Sweet little hike with a lovely lake and pretty waterfall. Great for for an easy, chill and relaxed outing.

hiking
10 months ago

Snow blocked the way about .5 miles from the junction to the lake. Trying agian 9/2.

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely a unique perspective of Mt. Saint Helens. The trail is in good shape and the wild flowers were lovely. As it's completely out in the open, I'd highly recommend plenty of water and sunscreen.

hands-down, this is my favorite hike in the Mt. Adams area, just as another reviewer said. beautiful close-up views of Adams and lots of solitude.

10 months ago

Hiked to the fall and beyond to ape canyon.

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