Dream Lake is worth an afternoon or weekend visit. We opted for a long day
hike. I have thought on why they named it Dream Lake--because you
keep dreaming of getting there as you wander through the thick brush.
Trail Notes: The Taylor River Trail starts off great, it is about 6 feet wide, and relatively
flat to Big Creek, the trail slowly gets even more narrow the
farther you hike. The trail
is compact dirt with spots of 4+ inch rocks.
On the trail you will cross a few creeks
and an old wooden bridge over Marten Creek (3 miles from the trailhead),
continue on until you see the big concrete bridge over Big Creek (5 miles
from the trailhead). The trail up to the lakes starts about 20-30 feet
past this concrete bridge, heading to the left (once you turn off the
Taylor River Trail the leg burning begins). Follow the trail up staying on
the right side of the creek (this section reminded me of the Constance
Lake hike out in the Olympics-up, up and up over logs under logs). The
trail will pass an old campsite and then stops abruptly at the creek. Now
the work begins, the next 1/2 mile or so takes more energy than the
first 5.5 miles, it is a brutal bushwhack thru 6-8 foot deep brush (no
trail), devils club, some sharp thorny bushes and alder trees. My brother
tried walking up the creek but it was too cold and waist deep- to make it
in the creek all the way to the lake. I bushwhacked up the middle of
But nonetheless we made it to the Dream Lake and it was still 90%
frozen. So fishing stunk but hey we made it. We enjoyed an hour + of BSing and reminiscing and then headed down.
On the way down we ventured over to Pothole Lake to see what it looked
like-a great little lake basin with high rocky slopes. Pothole Lake was
also 90% frozen. There are a few great camping spots in the trees at Dream
and Pothole Lakes.
We got back down to the Taylor River Trail at 9:30pm and hiked the last
5 miles out in the dark without turning on the headlamps--sure was
dark--but there is something 'cool' about hiking and not being able to see
anything, your senses are sure a bit more in tune.
The bugs started coming out at dusk. When we stopped for a break
they started to swarm--take some bug spray.
Fishing-- Dream Lake- no fish were biting a few were surfacing. Pothole Lake- I did not unpack my fishing pole, it
was probably 8:30PM and getting dark.
needed, just fill out a backcountry permit at the trailhead and display
your forest pass in your vehicle.
Do it again? probably not, this is one trail were you better
eat your 'Wheaties' before going, I would say that if you make it to where
the trail stops at Big Creek and the brush starts you should feel as
energized as when you started at the Taylor River gate or the brush will
eat you up!
There is not a
trail to these lakes, it may be a dangerous
adventure if you are not an experienced
backcountry nut and/or don't have the