With the weatherman’s promise of a respite from the fall rains, I drove to the Soapstone Lake Trailhead in the Clatsop State Forest in late autumn. 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. It’s a fairly new trail in good shape with four footbridges.
There was some fresh sign deer along the trail, mostly near a grassy meadow that was once the site of old homesteader’s cabin.
Upon reaching the far side of the Lake, I found a nice place to take some photos and eat a snack.
On the way back I marveled at the size of the huge stumps along the trail, a reminder of old-time logging in the early 20th century.