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Washington Backcountry Trails

Trailhead sign


Fryingpan Lake Loop

Fryingpan 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 Packwood, continue on Hwy 12 turn left on FS 4510 and follow to the end at Soda Springs Campground.
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation +/- 1000+ ft elevation gain
Distance: 10 + miles roundtrip
Rating: 8 out of 10
Fishing: Good
Scenery: Great, forest, meadows and numerous elk, wildflowers
Map: Printable Topo Map


Fryingpan Lake Loop is worth a weekend visit. Take a raft, it will make fishing these big lakes a lot more fun.

This hike was a fun trip, the hike is not all that strenuous and the views are great. On our approach to Jug Lake we sited a few elk grazing in the trees. There are a couple of places to camp at Jug Lake. The stream behind the lake is packed full of fish and there area is pretty wide open for some great scenery.

The hike up to Fryingpan Lake from Jug Lake is easy and there are some beautiful meadows. There are quite a few campsites scattered around this lake, the ones on the back side looked most appealing.

There are a lot of horseman in this area so parts of the trail get to be pretty muddy.

Fishing-- It is good. We had or best luck at Jug Lake fishing in the middle of the lake. I fished most of the day, taking a nap in the middle of the lake in my raft while the fishing was slow, and my brother scouted the hills for the elk herds in the area. He found a bunch and followed them around for the better part of the day.

Do it again? Yes

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