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Washington Backcountry Trails

Camp on the island

The commute across the lake

Nice Brookie!

Cedar Lake

Cedar lake

Definition of terms below
Location: By Mt Rainier
Directions: Head out Hwy 410, turn on to Hwy 165 and head towards the Carbon Glacier entrance of Mt Rainier Nat'l Park, as you go through Wilkeson take the left after on your way out of town, follow the paved road until it splits, take a right and head up the gravel, follow the road past the summer camp and take a left before you get to a gate, follow this gravel road down through a valley go up the other side, wind around this big hill staying straight, the road will split and take the right spur, the lake will be in the basin on the left side of the road.
Difficulty: Easy bushwhack to lake
Elevation +/- 200 ft elevation loss to lake
Distance: .5 Miles Roundtrip
Rating: 6 out of 10
Fishing: Great
Scenery: very green 
Map: Printable Topo Map


Cedar Lake is well worth a afternoon or weekend visit. We opted for a overnight stay. 

Bushwhack down off the road, the lake is within sight, the brush is thick and the hill steep. In a few minutes you are at the lake shore. We had brought our rafts, to make the fishing more adventurous. We spotted an island on the back side of the lake. With the rafts inflated we put our packs in and ourselves and rowed across the lake.

We quickly set up the tent and headed out for some fishing. It started off slow but as nightfall came it picked up. the fish were surfacing like crazy. I caught the first lunker-14 inches or so-a nice brook trout. We caught some more and then rowed back to camp and had some fresh fish for dinner.

We had the lake to ourselves, it was very peaceful. We headed out after dark with our head lamps and did some sight seeing around the area. In doing so we found another lake, maybe Lyle Lake, but we did not catch any fish there.

Fishing-- was great. Using a brown Vibrax. Let it sink a good 10-15 count then reel in slow.

 Do it again? Any time I have a chance

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