Serenity at Soapstone


On a trip to the Oregon Coast, I took a detour to visit 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 and was logged maybe a century ago. Several of the cedar and Douglas fir stumps were over ten feet in diameter.

Similar to two years ago in May there were literally hundreds of newts on the trail. They are well camouflaged which forced me to watch every single step. Amphibians, they spend their adult life on land, returning to the lake to breed.

For once I didn’t spot fresh Roosevelt elk tracks or see any blacktail deer.

The Lake was low but very clear. It remains a very pretty setting.

Rough-skinned Newt

Rough-skinned Newt

Soapstone Lake

Soapstone Lake

Thimbleberry

Thimbleberry

Well-maintained trail

Well-maintained trail

False Lily of the Valley

False Lily of the Valley

Newt on the move

Newt on the move

Fairy Lanterns (Wild Lily)

Fairy Lanterns (Wild Lily)

Pleasant stretch of trail

Pleasant stretch of trail

Starry Solomon Plume

Starry Solomon Plume (Wild Lily)

Vireo

Vireo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Beautiful shot of the Fairy lanterns. I’ve never seen those before!

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