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Lacamas Lake (Winter)

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.

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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.

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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.

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Distance: 7 miles

Elevation: 25 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area

Parking Fee: No

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Nice easy hike, definitely better during the spring and summer months.

Lacamas Lake (Summer)

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.

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If you’re looking for a flat, easy hike with a little distance, this is definitely a great option. This trail is very family friendly and has mile markers often to keep track of how far you’re going.

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The trail follows along the shore and there are lots of opportunities to stop and take in the lake and get your feet wet. You’ll pass through thick undergrowth with lots of wildflowers mixed in. Eventually everything thins out and you come to a neighborhood with large houses that lead to two footbridges. After crossing both bridges you’ll wind your way through more underbrush and past a golf course, ending at a parking lot. There are bathrooms but no bench here. We wouldn’t recommend hanging around this parking area at night, it’s a little sketchy. This is an out-and-back trail, so turn around and head back the way you came in.

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Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the way. We were able to see turtles, frogs and lots of birds.

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Distance: 7 miles

Elevation: 25 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Lots of opportunities to see wildlife and wildflowers but the giant homes and motorized boats take away from it a little bit.