Soapstone Serenity


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Soapstone Lake

With the weatherman’s promise of no respite from the fall rains, I drove to the Soapstone Lake Trailhead in the Clatsop State Forest in early 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.

The area is classic rain forest habitat. It only seemed fitting that it rained the entire time I was hiking. There were many stumps, some 10-12 feet across, from logging in early 1900’s. It always brings the Stamper’s to mind.

Upon reaching the far side of the Lake, I found a somewhat dry place to take some photos and eat a snack.

On the way back I marveled at grit and capabilities of the early 20th century loggers. In the hostile environment of the Coastal Mountains, their job was extremely difficult and dangerous. Amazing!

Rainy day at Soapstone Lake

Fallen leaves on a nice footbridge

Rough-skinned Newt (well camouflaged)

Halloween tree

Huge stump by the trail

Where’s the leprechaun?

Well-maintained trail

Foot bridge

 

 

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