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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. Because the outlet footbridge was out, the hike was a little longer than usual. It was about four 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.
This day I had the trail and lake pretty much to myself, except for a few waterfowl floating on the water.
Sometimes the easiest hikes are the best.