This was the perfect quick and easy hike for a Sunday; one that could be managed with a baby and a lazy dog. (3.4 mile lollipop loop)
Directions: From Portland take Hwy 26 44 miles towards the coast. The trail head is on the left just before Quartz Creek Bridge. It was only a 45 minute drive!
The first part of the hike is a slow steady incline passing mossy trees and a little duck pond.
There were tons of salamanders in the trail too, watch your step!
The trail is an old logging road in a secondary forest. There are some giant stumps along the way from trees that were logged years ago.
Once you reach a trail sign, you take the path to the right to get to the edge of the lake.
After some time at the lake we headed back to the start. On the way back we saw this tree that a beaver had been working on:
When we finished the hike there were only 5 cars at the trail head. It was nice to find a more secluded destination. 🙂