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    Lacamas Heritage Trail

    by glabah Updated Jul 17, 2014

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    Running for 3.5 miles along (mostly) the edge of Lacamas Lake, this trail is a popular place for local residents to jog or walk, and from time to time mountain bike. Few from outside the area seem to know of its existence, however. The trail is gravel for almost its entire length, but is well maintained. There are only a few very short sections that are steep in any way - they amount to a couple of three foot rises in the trail and are of no significance.

    The south part of the trail is briefly along a busy road, but quickly fades into the forest. At the north end of Lacamas Lake the trail runs through the backyard of a few wealthy homes, and along a marshy area that is the far north end of the lake.

    Wintertime provides the better views of the lake and the birds that winter on it. Summer provides leaves on the trees, and somewhat more obscured views but as seen in the first photograph it is still possible to find views of the lake in the leaf months. There are two or three places with a view of Mt Hood.

    Don't let the very south section of this trial fool you. The trail may run within traffic noise distance of Lake Road for a short time, but quickly the trail is far enough away from traffic that the noise is hardly heard.

    There are several places with benches along the trail, but in the more wet months you will want to bring a plastic bag to use to sit on. Many of these are sheltered by trees and therefore do not dry off quickly when the day warms up.

    The only real problem with the lake is perhaps it is a bit noisy on busy weekends in the summer, with lots of boat traffic.

    The north end of the trail has a few interpretive signs describing the wildlife that is found along the trail, especially in the marshy area at the north end of the lake.

    Two trailheads exist, but the most obvious one is the one at the southern end of the trail, at Lacamas Heritage Park. Here, there are a fair number of parking places, a playground, a restroom facility and other amenities. The north end of the park is located at the junction of NE Goodwin Road and NW Underwood Street. There is a third area where the trail may be accessed but it is in an exclusive area for the local residents only and not for the public to use.

    Lacamas Heritage Trail along Lacamas Lake Map of Lacamas Heritage Trail Trail Along Marsh North End of Lacamas Lake Parking Area of North End of Trail Trail Along Lake and Through Wealthy Backyards
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    Lacamas Park: Round Lake Loop Educational Trail

    by glabah Written Oct 27, 2009

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    Located inside the fairly large Lacamas Park, this trail makes a loop around Round Lake. The trail is almost entirely in the forest of the park, but does go near busy highway 500 in order to cross one of the streams.

    There is an information kiosk in the northwest corner of the park, near the picnic and restroom structure and parking area. Here you will find a host of information about the wildlife that visits the park, as well as some information about the development of the park and its habitats. Brochures are available here that give information at numbered stations along the trail around the lake.

    Watch for various ducks and geese on the lake, and for smaller birds in the forest.

    On the edge of the lake, opposite the picnic area, you will find a small overlook platform that goes out over the shore of the lake - though depending on the lake level doesn't go over the lake water itself.

    Most of the trail is fairly wide, and has a smooth gravel surface. Much of it is level, but there are areas on the far side of the lake that are fairly steep. Elevation gain, however, isn't very much at all.

    This trail intersects a number of other trails in the park, and signs and maps of the trail system are fairly common around the loop. While they are certainly not spectacular waterfalls in any sense, it is a very short walk south from the loop trail to a trail segment that overlooks Potholes Falls.

    Round Lake trail is wide, flat, smooth trail helpful signs show Round Lake Loop Trail Round Lake Trail information kiosk, picnic area observation platform along Round Lake Trail observation platform along Round Lake Trail
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    Lacamas Park

    by glabah Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    North of the town of Camas, you will find a fairly good sized lake, and near that lake you will find this wonderful forested park with trails and waterfalls.

    Finding the park is perhaps the most difficult part. There are several parking areas, and the one on highway 500 is very difficult to find. Yet, this parking area is also the one that is closest to the beautiful Round Lake Trail.

    There are over 3 miles (5 km) of trails in this park, and most of those go through relatively undeveloped forest land.

    There are a number of picnic tables, some playground facilities, and a picnic shelter as well, for those who would like a little more than just the forest.

    The restrooms in the park close for the winter starting in October.

    Maps of the park are posted throughout the park, especially near trail intersections, and it is fairly easy to find your way around on the trails.

    Picnic Table near Round Lake in Lacamas Park Covered picnic shelter, restrooms in Lacamas Park entrance to NW corner of Lacamas Park a map of Lacamas Park playground facilities in Lacamas Park
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