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    Placid Lake Trail

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    2.7 km
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    37 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Placid Lake Trail is a short, easy trail that leads you to the shores of a calm lake. This is a nice spot for a hot day, especially since it’s never that busy. Bring an inflatable kayak or a paddleboard, pitch your tent, and enjoy the solitude of Indian Heaven Wilderness. This hike is 27.4 km long and rated as easy. You’ll want a potent bug spray if you’re here before mid-August.

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    Route Description for Placid Lake Trail

    Placid Lake, true to its name, is a calm little lake tucked away in Indian Heaven Wilderness. It’s great for a lazy paddle or for a simple backpacking trip. The trail to the lake is very short and easy. You’ll want to bring all the mosquito protection you can get if you’re here before about mid-August when the bugs tend to ease up.

    Begin from the parking area on the forest road. It’s a very short and easy trip to the lake, which makes backpacking or bringing in a paddleboard or kayak nice as making extra trips to the car isn’t a dramatic affair. The short trail takes you right to the lakeshore. There isn’t a trail that loops the lake, so you’ll need to bushwhack a bit if you want to.

    When you’re ready to return, retrace your steps on the same route.

    Getting to the Placid Lake Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Placid Lake Trail is on Forest Road 420.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Placid Lake Backcountry

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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