This is the first stop many people make while hiking to Mirror Lake, but it’s a nice little haunt it’s own right.
- Grade: maintained trail
- Distance: <1mi
- Elevation gain: 300′ + –
The walk to Cottonwood Lake isn’t arduous, long, or very difficult, which makes this a nice destination for people just wanting an easy ramble.
♫♪OH GIVE ME A HOME…♫♪
Just below the trail along the south side of the lake there are a few established sites.
Being that this is a simple lake to attain, it is heavily traveled. If there is a backcountry toilet on site, I didn’t see it, and judging by the “leavings” neither did a lot of other people… Yuck!
I haven’t fished this lake personally, but I did observe a bit of action on the water.
While the ease of access makes Cottonwood Lake an over loved location, it also makes it a realistic destination to pack in a raft. Hell, a couple of strapping young hikers could even pack in a canoe…
But watch out for brown trout lurking in the bushes.
These are the lands of the US Forest Service and a valid Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking.
USGS Lost Lake