Tranquility at Soapstone


Tranquility and serenity, those are the best descriptions of a visit to Soapstone Lake.

It is a relatively easy hike – – – three miles roundtrip with 475 feet of elevation gain. The area lies on the west side of the Coastal Mountains about 13 miles from Seaside.

Last year in May there were literally hundreds of newts along the trail. This year I spotted two.

Fresh elk tracks gave evidence that I am not the only one who enjoys the Lake.

With barely a wisp of a breeze the surface of the Lake was like glass.

Salmonberry

Salmonberry

Reflections in the Lake

Reflections in the Lake

Footbridge leading to open meadows

Footbridge leading to open meadows

 

Margined White Butterfly

Margined White Butterfly

 

Wood Sorrel with its distinctive shamrock leaves

Wood Sorrel with its distinctive shamrock leaves

Newt on the prowl

Rough-skinned Newt on the prowl

Red Elderberry

Red Elderberry

Soapstone Lake

Soapstone Lake

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Tranquility is something I am always looking for…because I need it!
    Beautiful photos and I love the quaint log footbridge.

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  2. Fabulous pictures as always.

    Enjoy the Newts while you can for amphibians are dying off the world over. Caused by many factors, including telephone ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B).

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