Deadmans Lake


Backpack - Deadmans Lake

A out-and-back overnight backpack to a less-traveled area north of Mt. St. Helens. Hike through deep forest above Goat Creek then amp by an alpine lake and then take an optional day-hike to a nearby ridge with amazing views.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft

Meeting place to be arranged.  I'd like to have us gather by 7:00 a.m.  Most straightforward route is south on I-5 to exist 68 then 35 miles east on Route 12.  145 mile drive one-way.

Although open to all club members, this backpack is also part of the "B3" Backpacking Building Blocks course, and completion of the trip qualifies for credit toward course graduation requirements.  As such, the backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience and guidance in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

This promises to be an interesting backpack trip.  The alpine lake we will camp at even gets great reviews as a swimming spot.  There is a northwest top-5, all-time waterfall to experience 1/2 mile up the trail.  But it may or may not be a bit buggy, so insect repellant and even a head net are recommended.  We can discuss an option to do a loop hike on day two to get back to the trailhead.  It will add 3.5 miles (11.6 vs. 8.5)

On July 4th I hiked the first four miles of the trail (and went mostly just to make sure I could get us all to the trailhead without drama...the least a leader can do!!).  Lovely deep and shaded forest, most of the trail is on a side hill a couple hundred feet above a creek with a gradual uphill toward the lakes.  The 4 1/2 mile forest service road is also pretty mellow as they go; there was a Toyota Corolla at the trailhead parking area with me, and it looked none the worst for wear.  There are several small stream crossing, the 2-3-4 step kind.

See the route write-up for further details.


Deadmans Lake

  • Green Trails Mount St Helens NVM No. 332S

    Green Trails Spirit Lake No. 332

    Trails Illustrated Mt Saint. Helens/Mount Adams
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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