Thomas Lake Trail
This easy trail leads to Thomas Lake, Dee Lake, Eunice Lake, Blue Lake and more. If I remember correctly, there is a great view from the trailhead. However, there was a layer of clouds on this morning that prevented that possibility. The trail starts with a fairly steady uphill walk. When the trail leveled out, I saw Dee Lake and Heather Lake on the left with Thomas Lake on the right. I took a walk around Thomas Lake and briefly visit Lake Kwaddis just to the south. There are a number of designated camping sites. On a Monday morning, even at the end of August, only one of the sites was occupied.
Continuing along the Thomas Lake Trail, I enjoyed the typical Indian Heaven Wilderness trail, with its trees and wildflowers. There are blueberries and huckleberries to pick at certain elevations. Passing Brader Lake and Naha Lake, I came to Rock Lake. The trail takes a right turn here, but don’t continue until taking a peek at the lake. You can see East Crater rising behind Rock Lake. There were more campers nearby enjoying this lake.
Passing Little Rock Lake on the left, and Lake Umtux on the right, you’ll come to Lake Sahalee Tyee. But none of these lakes can compare with Blue Lake.
Blue Lake is named for its deep blue color. It is a magnificent lake with the slope of Gifford Peak on the far edge. One cannot help but spend some time here. It is peaceful and stunning in its beauty. There are several campsites available around this lake as well.
The last lake I visited was Tombstone Lake, a short walk south of Blue Lake. As I rounded the south end I saw a deer. I stopped quick enough to be able to get a few pictures before she took off. After my customary cup of Starbuck’s Via ®, I retraced my steps back to the car.
Elevation gain: about 700ft
Difficulty (1-5): 2
Scenic Rating (1-5): 4
Distance: 7.6 mi round trip to Blue Lake, a short distance further to Tombstone Lake
Driving Directions: From Carson, WA, drive north on Wind River Road. Turn right on Old State Road where there is a sign for Panther Creek. Almost immediately turn left on Forest Road 65. Follow this past four corners and watch for the sign for Thomas Lake Trailhead located on the right side of the road.