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.
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.
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 Dam:
Lower Lacamas Falls:
And a few random shots: