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Skamania Lodge Loop Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Lily Pad Lake on the Lake Loop Trail, Skamania Lodge (bobcat)
Footbridge on Foster Creek, Creek Loop Trail, Skamania Lodge (bobcat)
12th and 13th fairways, Lake Loop Trail, Skamania Lodge (bobcat)
The trails at Skamania Lodge (not a GPS track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Google Maps
  • Start point: Skamania Lodge TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Wy'East Lake
  • Hike Type: Two loops
  • Distance: 3.3 miles
  • Elevation gain: 310 feet
  • High Point: 405 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No
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Description

Whether you’re an overnight guest at the Skamania Lodge near Stevenson or just a visitor, you’re welcome to investigate a system of three loop trails that wrap themselves around an 18-hole golf course using forest paths in forest corridors as well as short stretches of paved cart path. You’ll visit a couple of secluded lakes, where you can look for birds and turtles, and get some great views to the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. An information center inside the lodge offers information about other hiking opportunities nearby.

Walk down the entrance road to find the Gorge Loop Trail heading off to the right just below a smaller parking area. This is also a fitness trail with exercise stations. The trail enters a Douglas-fir forest to pass above tennis courts and then the 5th fairway. After you reach an old road, walk right for a few yards, and then go left to resume the trail. The footpath rounds the ends of the 6th and 7th fairways. The trail then undulates through a woodsy corridor above Rock Creek Drive. This area abounds with mushrooms in the fall. After you reach a paved cart path, make a left to cross the entrance road. The route then follows the sidewalk up towards the lodge with a wildflower meadow to your right. Greenleaf Peak provides a magnificent backdrop.

Behind the lodge, make a right to walk along the guest drop-off lane. Passing the end of the lodge, you’ll see the golf shop and a blue sign for the Lake Loop and beyond it, an orange marker for the Creek Loop. The latter trail heads down past the golf cart garage, and bears left and then right following the orange signs. You'll take a footpath below the 2nd and 3rd fairways. A view from here takes in the Columbia River and the Benson Plateau on the Oregon side of the Gorge. The trail cuts left into a shady corridor hedged with Armenian blackberry. Foster Creek Road runs to your right. The route comes close to a private home experiencing a construction hiatus and starts up Foster Creek, also blackberry-choked, to cross a footbridge. Hike under vine maple bowers and recross the creek. Alders and maples rustle overhead as you rise and pass under two large, ivy-draped Douglas-firs. A leafy corridor passes above the 1st and 2nd fairways. The route crosses a cart path and reaches a junction with the Lake Loop.

Turn right here on a paved path to follow the blue signs for the Lake Loop Trail. To your right is Lily Pad Lake, shown on topo maps as Little Iman Lake. If you stand quietly, you may spot a stalking egret or heron here. A gravel track leads left to a footpath through a copse of Douglas-fir opposite some restrooms. Duckweed covered Wy'East Lake, also known as Iman Lake, appears below. Steps lead down to a footbridge near the shore of the pond. After reaching a paved cart path, go right and then left up a footpath. Cross a footbridge under powerlines, and wind up a narrow forest strip beside the broad powerline corridor. The Lake Loop traverses above the 14th and 13th fairways and switchbacks down to a gravel road. Follow the road down past a forest of moss-draped Douglas-firs, and then bear left on a footpath that takes you above a volleyball court to the main parking area.


Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Dogs on leash
  • Lodge with public restrooms, restaurant, golf course, fitness course, zipline course
  • $2 toll each way at the Bridge of the Gods

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Columbia Gorge Getaways by Laura O. Foster

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