Sand Lake Trail

Silver Beach, Washington

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Bring the kids on this excursion— it’s a great introduction to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for youngsters. The elevation gain is minimal, the scenery is pretty, and the lake at the end of the hike offers a perfect swimming experience: While many wilderness lakes stay ice-cold throughout the summer, Sand Lake is just shallow enough for the sun to warm it to a comfortable temperature for cooling off during a hot summer hike. The smooth, sandy bottom is a comfort to boot-tired feet, too. You’ll pass Deer Lake on the way to Sand, and between them you’ll find acres of wildflower meadows and cool stands of pine forests. Indeed, these are but two of a slew of lakes in the southern half of the William O. Douglas Wilderness worth visiting.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Bring the kids on this excursion— it’s a great introduction to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for youngsters. The elevation gain is minimal, the scenery is pretty, and the lake at the end of the hike offers a perfect swimming experience: While many wilderness lakes stay ice-cold throughout the summer, Sand Lake is just shallow enough for the sun to warm it to a comfortable temperature for cooling off during a hot summer hike.

The smooth, sandy bottom is a comfort to boot-tired feet, too. You’ll pass Deer Lake on the way to Sand, and between them you’ll find acres of wildflower meadows and cool stands of pine forests. Indeed, these are but two of a slew of lakes in the southern half of the William O. Douglas Wilderness worth visiting.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silver Beach
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: June-November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,400 feet
Top Elevation: 5,300 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: USFS Naches Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 303 White Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Sand Lake Trail

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Apr 2018