Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
235.00 ft (71.63 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
7.50 mi (12.07 km)
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This trail circles St. Mary's Lake and can be hiked in any direction. There is only one parking area on the south end of the lake, and there is a $5 per vehicle access fee which is a self-pay envelope honor system. The lake is popular for fishing, and mountain biking is permitted on the hiking trail.  There are not as many views of the lake as you would think, and most of the views are near a boat launch at the parking lot and along a dirt dam along the east side of the lake. After this point the trail enters the forest (when hiking counter-clockwise) and remains in the woods the entire way with only a few glimpses of the lake.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Some Lake views.

Cons

Not enough views of the lake.

Trailhead Elevation

109.00 ft (33.22 m)

Highest point

139.00 ft (42.37 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Fishing
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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