Friday, July 8, 2011

Ashland Lakes - July 7th 2011

Well, imagine this.....another wet hike in NW Washington state.... :) I wouldn't want to be anywhere else though!
Beaver Plant Lake

We hiked at Ashland the rain...and it was beautiful. We only made it to Beaver Plant Lake, the first of the 3 lakes on this trail. Just before we got to the lake the rain started pouring and we decided to check out the lake and then turn around and head back to the car.

The boardwalk next to Beaver Plant Lake

We were the only car in the parking lot when we arrived, not surprising since it was sprinkling when we got there. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead. The trail starts where the road ends and the parking area begins....if you are facing down the road, the trail starts on your left's a little bit hidden if you aren't paying attention.

The trail is in pretty good shape, with a few muddy areas. Most of the muddy or wet areas have boardwalks or planks to walk across, so your feet stay fairly dry. Watch out for the occasional loose board though. If you go all the way to Lower Ashland Lake...the 3rd lake along the trail there is a negative elevation gain from the trailhead....don't let this fool you though....there is some climbing along the way to Beaver Plant Lake. If you go to the end of the trail it is about 5.5 miles round trip. There are campsites around the lakes complete with firepits and a toilet of sorts in the vicinity.


The frog we saw at the lake...


Happy trails....

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