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The Lake Shore Trail begins on the north side of Coho Campground and travels mainly through a second growth forest, eventually looping back to the campground. The trail drops down to Scatter Creek and then climbs up to Beaver Flats, a beautiful area rich with Foxglove and Oxalis. The trail next takes a turn to the northwest, skirting around a high sand and gravel bank, then dropping down to the Wynoochee River (Use caution when the water level is high!). The trail continues directly across the river, cutting through a popular camp area and continuing straight back toward the woods. The trail crosses a number of old roads and can be a little confusing. It continues on the east side of the lake, climbing up and down easy grades through old growth forest, to the Wynoochee Dam. The trail continues across the dam and through the picnic area to Coho Campground.

Potable water and flush toilets are available at Coho Campground. From Coho there are opportunities for day hiking, camping, wildlife observation, bike riding, and bird watching in addition to the extended hike along the Lake Shore Loop.

Directions: From Montesano, Travel one mile west on Route 12 to Wynoochee Valley Road. Turn north on Wynoochee Valley and drive approximately 35 miles to a major intersection. Turn left to stay on Forest Service Rd 22. Drive a short distance before turning right on Forest Service Rd 2294. Drive about one mile to the entrance to Coho Campground.

Elevation: 800 feet

Elevation Gain: 30 feet

Distance: 12 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Olympic National Forest, Washington

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