Pleasant Valley Lake

William O. Douglas Wilderness Area, Washington

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain2,520ft
Trailhead Elevation5,727ft
Top5,765ft
Elevation Min/Max3384/5765ft
Elevation Start/End5727/5727ft

Pleasant Valley Lake

Pleasant Valley Lake is a hiking and horse trail in Yakima County, Washington. It is within William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 5,727 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,520 feet. Along the trail there is a water. This trail connects with the following: American Ridge Trail.

Pleasant Valley Lake Professional Reviews and Guides

"Shadowed by the steep walls of Fifes and American Ridges, the snow lingers in Pleasant Valley long after it has melted on the surrounding hillsides, leaving skiers free to enjoy the 14 miles of looping trails until early springtime.

The Pleasant Valley Loop divides into three sub-loops, two of which are challenging, and a third loop that was created to accommodate the needs of beginning skiers. The Pleasant Valley area is forested and best skied after a fresh snowfall. Icy trails, difficult creek crossings, and deep tree wells are persistent hazards when skiing on old snow."

"Pleasant Valley Nature Loop is indeed a pleasant and very informative stroll through the wonders of a mature east-slope Cascades forest. The route is paved all the way. Much of the forest floor is covered with vanilla leaf (Achlys triphylla), also known as deer foot.

There are some fairly large Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) trees in this area; many of them have fire scars attesting to a long ago forest fire. There are also a few large tamaracks (western larch, Larix occidentalis) here. In the autumn the needles of the tamarack turn a bright yellow and then fall off, leaving the tree looking dead."

"Ford the clear, cold waters of the American River, then climb the challenging route, taking in the ever-increasing views, to the top of American Ridge and a junction with the American Ridge Trail. Beneath the trees on the forest floor, vanilla leaf grows in profusion between scattered Oregon grape and trilliums. A few fairy slipper orchids are also present. You will reach the American River 0. 4 mile from the trailhead. There is no bridge here, so to continue, the river must be forded. This ford can be very difficult and dangerous during periods of high water.

Don’t make this ford if you are not sure of your party’s ability to do it safely. See the options below for an alternate route to Pleasant Valley Lake. reach the south side of the American River. Notice the willow bushes close to the river: Many of their branches have been chewed off by something with broad teeth. There are beavers that work the banks of the river."

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Trail Information

William O. Douglas Wilderness Area
Nearby City
William O. Douglas Wilderness Area
Parks
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Skiing
Additional Use
The Goose Prairie USGS quad map covers the area but doesn’t show this trail.
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Sep 2018