Placid Lake and Chenamus Lake Trail

Carson, Washington

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Two warm, shallow woodland lakes await at the end of a short, level trail in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Good wading beaches will appeal to children, and camps are available in the meadows surrounding both lakes. But because they are so close to the road, they get heavy use; best not to count on finding a campsite, but rather enjoy either or both lakes as dayhikes with your children. Begin on a wide, level trail under shady, old-growth trees, among such plants as bear grass, vanilla-leaf, and tiny wild strawberries. Placid Lake comes up quickly, and you will find kids taking off their shoes before you can say a word. Wading is a little muddy in the shallow lake, but children love it anyway.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Two warm, shallow woodland lakes await at the end of a short, level trail in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Good wading beaches will appeal to children, and camps are available in the meadows surrounding both lakes. But because they are so close to the road, they get heavy use; best not to count on finding a campsite, but rather enjoy either or both lakes as dayhikes with your children.

Begin on a wide, level trail under shady, old-growth trees, among such plants as bear grass, vanilla-leaf, and tiny wild strawberries. Placid Lake comes up quickly, and you will find kids taking off their shoes before you can say a word. Wading is a little muddy in the shallow lake, but children love it anyway.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Carson
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 60 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Late June-November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,100 feet
Top Elevation: 4,160 feet
Local Contacts: Indian Heaven Wilderness
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 365 Lone Butte; USFS Indian Heaven Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Placid Lake and Chenamus Lake Trail

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