#16 in the Northwest book, January 10, 2010; Easy – 3.4 mile loop, 200 feet of elevation gain
This was a nice, brisk day for a stroll in the lakeside woods. On this hike were Becky, Ben, Meg, and Mike.
This was probably the third time we’ve hiked this particular trail. It’s practically around the corner from where we were living at the time, and Lacamas Park has a nice little playground and picnic area, so we would just go for lunch. It was a pleasant surprise to find this trail in the book, and we embarked with zeal.
The trail wends through tall and woods with sparse undergrowth. It follows the lakeside for a while, over an 80-year-old dam, and then up to some feeder streams before veering up into the surrounding hills. Take the side path down Pothole Falls if you feel up to it; the climb is steep, but it’s an incredible place for a picnic, or a dip on warmer days.
We realized we had entered the adventure portion of the hike when we came to this crossroads.
Yes, that’s a picture of three adults huddling around a phone to try to discern from a satellite photo which way we should go. (I’m finding more and more that my phone is an indispensable part of my hiking gear; more on this in another post.) While there’s little risk if you get lost along this trail (it’s surrounded by suburbia), I’d recommend a larger map than is included in the book. The Google map I’ve embedded above would be great for this.
Notes: Open year-round. Very limited parking. Dogs allowed on leash.