Shoe Lake Trail

Silver Beach, Washington

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It’s unfortunate that prior abuses of the Shoe Lake Basin have forced the area to be closed to camping, but the lake and the trails to it are pretty enough that a long day hike to the area is well worth the effort. Campers overran Shoe Lake in the 1980s, and the fragile meadows around the pond were crisscrossed with social trails and dotted with bare-earth tent sites. In the years since camping has been prohibited, the vegetation has slowly recovered, though faint trails still show through the wildflowers.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

It’s unfortunate that prior abuses of the Shoe Lake Basin have forced the area to be closed to camping, but the lake and the trails to it are pretty enough that a long day hike to the area is well worth the effort.

Campers overran Shoe Lake in the 1980s, and the fragile meadows around the pond were crisscrossed with social trails and dotted with bare-earth tent sites. In the years since camping has been prohibited, the vegetation has slowly recovered, though faint trails still show through the wildflowers.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silver Beach
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,600 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USFS Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 303 White Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Shoe Lake Trail

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