Lake Easton Hike
Lake Easton State Park attracts visitors to its camping sites, RV park, amphitheater, lake, and hiking trails. Pack up the family for a day outside or use the Lake Easton hike as a leg stretcher if you’re on the nearby highway. This hike is 7.4 km long and requires very little elevation gain, making it a good pick for all skill levels and ages. You can either hike this trail as is, going out and back along the lakeshore, or you can use the trails on the other side of the lake to make a loop of it. We love this route because it puts the lake between you and the highway, offering a bit of a buffer that makes it feel more natural. You can also easily walk over from Easton to enjoy this trail.
Kids will love the unique tunnel you’ll walk through on this hike, a remnant of its railroad past. There are small side trails for lake access if you want to get to the shore. Expect lots of shade on the trail.
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Route Description for Lake Easton Hike
Lake Easton State Park is conveniently located just off I-90, making it an easy stop for roadtrippers or wandering locals. The Lake Easton hike is an easy, moderately trafficked trail that hugs the shore of the lake, keeping you mostly in the shade on a well-maintained trail while providing side trails with lake access where possible. This simple hike takes you through a railway tunnel and across an impressive bridge. It’ll excite the kids and relax the whole family with its mostly flat grade.
This out and back trail can be made into a loop if you want a slightly longer adventure. Additionally, you can explore some of the other trails in the park, many of which are on the south and west sides of the lake.
Begin your hike from the trailhead, heading across the lake on the bridge. Pause to look down at the water below. As you get to the other side, take your first left. Stay straight until the trail splits shortly thereafter. Go right here, then stay straight as a handful of small trails connect to the main trail.
You’ll travel south with the lake on your left. There are various small trails that meet with yours, but you’ll continue on the current path until you reach the spit near the river. Go left here to cross over the water to the old railway line. You’ll hike alongside the Yakima River and the rail line, pausing to appreciate the tunnel as you pass through.
The GPS route ends once you’re past the river. You can keep going if you want- Easton is just ahead. This section of the route follows the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. Otherwise, you’ll turn around and retrace your steps back to the trailhead.
Monahan Mountain looms above the lake, and there are trails that lead up the mountain if you’d like to add a challenge to your day. Otherwise, head back to the park and set up your picnic, or hop in the car and continue on to wherever you’re headed next.
Hiking Route Highlights
Lake Easton is a reservoir along the Yakima River in Lake Easton State Park. It is the main draw for visitors to the park. The lake itself is 2,204.8 acres and contains three species of trout. The lake and park provide opportunities for hiking, camping, and fishing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Lake Easton good for fishing?
The lake is not stocked but contains rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout. The best time to fish in Lake Easton is towards the end of May through the summer.
Can you boat on Lake Easton?
Yes. There is a boat launch on the lake and a dock.
Can you swim in Lake Easton?
Yes, there is a swimming beach on the lake.
Insider Hints for Lake Easton Hike
- Remember your Discover Pass for this hike.
- There are lots of campsites at the park, both advance reservation and walk-in based.
- Visit in the winter to go snowmobiling!
Getting to the Lake Easton Hike Trailhead
The trailhead for the Lake Easton hike is near the northern arm of the lake near the highway bridge. There is parking here.
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