This hike starts at the Heritage Park Trailhead, which is off Highway 14 in Camas, Washington and runs along the West side of Lacamas Lake.
From the parking area get onto the paved path near the bathrooms and follow it as you head towards the lake. Once you get to the lake the trail switches to a dirt and gravel mix and stays this way for almost the rest of the hike.
There is basically no elevation change on this hike. It’s just a flat trail that is sandwiched between large houses on your left, and the lake to your right. You start out in a more wooded area for about a half mile and then you’re mostly seeing houses. There are a few private docks and boat launches along the way and some areas where the trees are thinner and you get good views of the lake and Mt. Hood off in the distance.
We did find out that winter really isn’t the best month for this hike. There are no wildflowers or much wildlife hanging around. It’s just kind of a bland hike along a lake that isn’t that spectacular in the winter months.
You’ll cross a couple bridges and pass by the Camas Meadows Golf Club as you reach the parking lot, which is the turnaround point. So head back the way you came in.
Distance: 7 miles (moderate)
Elevation: 25 feet (easy)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area
Parking Fee: No