Silver Lake - Seaquest Trail

Dole, Washington 98672

Silver Lake - Seaquest Trail

Silver Lake - Seaquest Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Silver Lake - Seaquest Trail Reviews

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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.
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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Late May-November
4,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,390 feet
Top Elevation
Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
Seaquest State Park map
Local Maps