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Washington Backcountry Trails

Cliff behind lake at dusk



Deadmans Lake

Deadmans Lake

Definition of terms below
Location: Skamania County
Directions: Head out to Morton on Hwy 7, turn right onto Hwy 12 and head east towards  White Pass, go up the hill (just out of Morton) and as your headed down the other side go under the bridge and there is a main road to the right, go to the Y and hang a left and follow this FS 27 around the end of Riffe Lake, cross the fishing bridge and turn right, go left at the next Y and continue towards the top of the mountain veering left, the trailhead is unmarked.
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation +/- 1500 - elevation loss to lake
Distance: 8+ miles roundtrip
Rating: 9 out of 10
Fishing: Awesome is you have a raft
Scenery: Great, forest, meadows and high peaks
Map: Printable Topo Map


Deadmans Lake is worth a weekend visit. Take a raft it is a big lake and the shorelines are very shallow for the first 50 feet or so.

We spend a lot of time in this area, we hunt elk and deer here in the fall and scout and fish in the summer.

The trail is in good shape, a neat side trip is up to Vanson Peak Lookout. I have hiked this trail and also mountain biked down it with a full backpack on.

There are numerous campsites around the lake. There are sometimes people packing in with horses.

We also have visited Deep Lake which is a short hike down from Deadmans Lake. I caught a 16 inch rainbow out of this little lake, no raft is needed here.

Fishing-- It is awesome. I have been here numerous times and have had great luck catching fish every time.

Do it again? Yes

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