A Serene, but Rainy Outing at Soapstone Lake

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Soapstone Lake

On one of the first days of April, I drove to the Soapstone Lake Trailhead in the Clatsop State Forest.

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.

As no surprise for this time of the year, it rained during the entire hike.

There were some early wildflowers in bloom, and several rough-skinned newts had wandered out of the water to search for a mate. In a few more weeks the trail will be covered with them.

The trek led by a grassy meadow that was once the site of old homesteader’s cabin.

The word serenity captured the feeling as I returned to the car, wet but happy.


Huge stump from a century-old logging operation


Ducks coming down on Soapstone Lake on a very rainy day

Yellow Stream Violet

Well-maintained trail


A muddy trail



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  1. These are beautiful shots, John! Thank you for this lovely “walk” through the woods!

  2. A lovely taste of this glorious season!

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