Hike 16A: Round Lake at Lacamas Park

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Round Lake can be a magical place. Years ago, I often felt the call to come here, cross Round Lake Damn, and wade down Lacamas Creek to dive off a waterfall know as The Potholes. Hiking down the creek is like wandering into a fairy land. It has been a few years since I’ve done any cliff diving, but Lacamas Park will always have a little bit of urban magic as far as I am concerned.

Lacamas Park Entry

The 3.4 mile loop hike described in Sullivan's Book takes you across Round Lake Damn to views of the Potholes and Lower Lacamas Falls. An optional side trip will take you to the secluded Woodburn Falls. In spring, the trail leads you past fields of Camas Lilies, which are well worth a trip to Washington. The trails here are well signed and maintained. Often you’ll find yourself walking on closed gravel access roads. This is great park to explore with children, they even have an education kiosk describing the lake ecosystem and history across from the playground. Fishing, dogs, and cycling are all allowed.

Lacamas Education Kiosk

Lacamas Ecosystem

Sullivan’s Stats                                   MyStats
Distance: 3.4 miles                             3.25
Elevation Gain: 200 feet                   180 feet
Difficulty: Easy                                    East

 

In a futile effort to keep this post succinct, on to the pictures!

Round Lake:

Round Lake, Camas, Washington

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Round Lake Dam:

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Round Lake Dam

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The Potholes:

The Potholes

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Pretty trails:

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Lower Lacamas Falls:

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And a few random shots:

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