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Washington Backcountry Trails

Cliff behind lake at dusk

Fish in the inlet stream

Elk Lake

Elk 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 over the top and down the other side until you hit the Green River, turn left and follow the road up the next ridge into the lakes basin (Tradedollar Lake, Lonesome Lakes, Elk Lake, Hanford Lake, Forest Lake and Fawn Lake).
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation +/- Virtually none
Distance: Mostly road driving
Rating: 7 out of 10
Fishing: Good, if your there when they are biting
Scenery: Great, forest, meadows and numerous elk, Mt St Helens
Map: Printable Topo Map


Elk Lake is worth a weekend visit. Take a raft it is a big lake.

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.

We camped above Elk Lake and hike down to it. It is a beautiful basin with some great views. 

Fishing-- It is good. This lake is one is in an area with numerous lakes so if you don't have luck here head on down the road to another lake. The Green River has some nice fish in it and also some steelhead!!

Do it again? Yes

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