Thomas Lake

  • Easy (to Thomas Lake)
  • 1.4 miles round trip
  • 300 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-June to mid-October
  • Use: hikers, horses


  • Moderate (to Blue Lake)
  • 6.8 miles round trip
  • 900 feet elevation gain

Children and lake-lovers of all ages enjoy exploring the five lakes clustered in the forest within the first mile of the Thomas Lake Trail. For a longer hike, cross Indian Heaven’s glorious heather-and-huckleberry meadows to sapphire Blue Lake, backed by the cliffs of Gifford Peak. Maximum group size is 12 (including horses) and camping near the lakes is limited to 15 sites designated by posts.

To find the trailhead, drive …

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The lake-dotted high meadows invite exploration. For a loop along an abandoned trail, turn …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.