Silver Lake - Seaquest Trail

Dole, Washington

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A forest walk and a wetlands walk—two trails for the price of one! Deep, old Douglas fir and hemlock forest lines the woodland perimeter trail. Despite the number of visitors that hike the trail, expect to see deer, owls, assorted squirrels, a couple of jay varieties, and maybe even cougar or black bear tracks. On the other side of the highway is a fully accessible shoreline trail along Silver Lake. Big, beautiful Silver Lake is entering old age. Like all living things, the lake is changing, and it will die someday. Death, for a lake, is disappearance. The shoreline of Silver Lake is extending out into the water, the water is getting shallower, and lush meadows flourish where fish once swam. The wide, paved trail loops through meadows and shoreline.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

A forest walk and a wetlands walk—two trails for the price of one! Deep, old Douglas fir and hemlock forest lines the woodland perimeter trail. Despite the number of visitors that hike the trail, expect to see deer, owls, assorted squirrels, a couple of jay varieties, and maybe even cougar or black bear tracks. On the other side of the highway is a fully accessible shoreline trail along Silver Lake.

Big, beautiful Silver Lake is entering old age. Like all living things, the lake is changing, and it will die someday. Death, for a lake, is disappearance. The shoreline of Silver Lake is extending out into the water, the water is getting shallower, and lush meadows flourish where fish once swam. The wide, paved trail loops through meadows and shoreline.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dole
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,300 feet
Top Elevation: 4,390 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Seaquest State Park map
Driving Directions: Directions to Silver Lake - Seaquest Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/1/2009
0

This is just a forest trail without any real incredible views or anything but the trees are beautiful and the trail is pretty fun. There are a few cool bridges to cross. Very woodsy.


7/24/2008
0

I wouldn't bother with this trail as it was poorly maintained (major part of the trail was closed) and offers very little interesting scenery. Also, we parked at the Mt. St. Helens visitor centor where the tourists were in great numbers and detracted from the experience. Seaquest state park might be okay for kids, but not much else. I suggest going to Lewis & Clark state park for a very nice stand of old growth instead (about a 1/2hr north)



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