Anderson Lake

Chimacum, Washington

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Set in a quiet valley just 1 mile east of Discovery Bay, Anderson Lake is a peaceful body of water teeming with fish and wildlife. Once the centerpiece to farmland owned by William F. Anderson, the 70-acre lake and surrounding fields and forest are now part of a 476-acre state park. Hike well-maintained and lightly used trails through the old homestead and around the lake within this pastoral park. More than 8 miles of trails traverse this lovely park. A good introduction is the easy 2.3-mile hike around Anderson Lake. Start by walking 0.3 mile down the gravel access road through rolling pasture to a trail crossing. The trail heading right is the Olympic (C) Trail, a 1.1-mile rolling woodland romp that eventually leads back to the trailhead when linked with the Anderson (B) Trail.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Set in a quiet valley just 1 mile east of Discovery Bay, Anderson Lake is a peaceful body of water teeming with fish and wildlife. Once the centerpiece to farmland owned by William F. Anderson, the 70-acre lake and surrounding fields and forest are now part of a 476-acre state park. Hike well-maintained and lightly used trails through the old homestead and around the lake within this pastoral park.

More than 8 miles of trails traverse this lovely park. A good introduction is the easy 2.3-mile hike around Anderson Lake. Start by walking 0.3 mile down the gravel access road through rolling pasture to a trail crossing. The trail heading right is the Olympic (C) Trail, a 1.1-mile rolling woodland romp that eventually leads back to the trailhead when linked with the Anderson (B) Trail.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Chimacum
Distance: 2.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Park closed Nov–Apr, park at gate (do not block)
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Anderson Lake State Park, administered by Fort Flagler State Park
Local Maps: Online at Washington State Parks
Driving Directions: Directions to Anderson Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2010
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I was planning on doing this hike, but checked with the WA State Parks & Rec folks. Right now the Lake is CLOSED for any water activities due to an algae bloom (http://www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/index.php?lake-water-quality) which will KILL your dog and harm people if the water's ingested. It's a beautiful area, though. Please check the parks & rec site before visiting.


1/17/2008
0

Although there was snow on the ground and thick ice on the lake, it was a nice, easy, family hike. Flat, not very strenuous. Lots of Bald Eagles perched all around the lake. Very quiet.



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