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The Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Placid Lake Hike
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Map of the Placid Lake, Chenamus Lake, Indian Heaven Wilderness Hike

Length: 4.4 Miles round trip
Elevation Change: 250' Elevation gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Easy
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required

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Here is another great little hike that takes you to two beautiful mountain lakes. The trail begins off Forest Road #420 and takes you through dense forest. The trail actually looses elevation on its way to the first lake.

It is only about a mile to the first lake. This will also be the junction to the trail that you will need to take to the next lake. But take time to enjoy Placid Lake. Then return to the junction and continue on to Chenamus Lake.

Chenamus Lake near Placid Lake in the Indian Heaven Wilderness
Chenamus Lake near Placid Lake
How to get there:

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From Portland, OR
From Portland, travel east on Interstate Hwy 84 to Exit 44 to Cascade Locks. Exit the freeway and cross over the Columbia River into Washington via the Bridge of the Gods. Then turn right, or east, and head east through Stevenson, Washington to the intersection of the Wind River Highway to Carson, Washington. Bear left onto the Wind River Highway which will take you through Carson, Washington.

From Vancouver, WA
If however, you plan to approach this hike from the Columbia River Gorge area, then begin at I-205 in Vancouver, Washington and head east along SR14 for about 41 miles to the exit to Carson, WA via the Wind River Highway.

Follow the Wind River Hwy north through Carson. In 7.5 miles you will pass through the little community of Stabler, and in another 5.8 miles you will come to the junction of Forest Road 30. Turn right onto FR30 and follow this road for 13.2 miles north along the Wind River and then up a steep incline and onto a plateau where you will come to the junction of the Curly Creek Road. Continue north on FR30 for another 5.1 miles and you will come to the junction of Forest Road 420. Bear right onto FR420 and follow it east for a little over a mile and you will come to the trailhead for this hike. Parking is on the left, but the trail is across the road on the right.

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