The Soapstone Lake Trailhead lies in the Clatsop State Forest on the west slopes of the Oregon Coastal Mountains.
The hike to the lake is a joy – – – three miles roundtrip with under 500 feet of elevation gain.
Easily visible from the trail are a few huge stumps, a reminder of the logging operations of a century ago. I’m always amazed at the very tough logging conditions that existed in the Coastal Mountains. It is truly classic dense rainforest with very steep contours.
But, this day I had the trail and lake to myself, except for several noisy ravens.
Sometimes the easiest hikes are the best.