Take a trip to a seldom-seen part of the South Cascades. The approach from the west begins with a walk through a flat wooded meadow. Shortly after winding through this area, the trail begins climbing steeply 700 feet to a ridgeline. Catch your breath here and gaze at Mount Hood, Indian Heaven, and your destination, all visible from the ridgeline.
As so many hikes to lake basins do, the trail begins descending roughly a quarter-mile after gaining the ridgeline. You'll lose nearly all the elevation you just gained as you descend to the lake. It's just 2.2 miles to the lake from the western approach, with about 1270 feet of elevation gain.
The lake also used to be accessible from the Government Mineral Springs, but due to trail damage, the way is nearly impossible to navigate. Instead, go to the Trapper Creek trailhead and follow Trapper Creek Trail 192 for about 1.8 miles to the junction with Trail 133.
The lake is subalpine, still with snow on its western shores in early summer. It is a lovely little lake, very quiet, with fish, clear water, and several nice campsites around the shores. The views to Mount Adams and the Goat Rocks remain mostly obscured by trees, but the lake itself is the treat.
There is a large bridge over Trapper Creek on the 133 trail, but hikers will have to cross the creek on Trail 192, at the junction with Trail 132. This crossing is typically easy by April, but it's wise to travel with hiking poles to add stability.
WTA Pro Tip: Overnighters, take note of where you drop your pack. While camping sites are available around Soda Peaks Lake, some areas have been designated as day use areas. Please be sure to keep these areas clear for day hikers to enjoy the destination.
Soda Peaks Lake
- 9.76 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 2,874 feet
- Highest Point
- 3,700 feet
Hiking Soda Peaks Lake
Soda Peaks Lake
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 45.8810, -121.9806 Open in Google Maps