Lucky Lake is less popular than other lakes along the Cascade Lakes Highway. Requiring a short hike through beautiful pine forest, the lake offers relative quiet, a great view of South Sister and clear, warmer water, since the lake is not fed by springs. 

Located just 4.36 miles past the popular Elk Lake Day Use turnoff, the trailhead is on the right side of the highway, marked by a small 'trailhead' sign. The hike begins at the Senoj Lake Trailhead and climbs up to the lake for 1.26 miles. Once you reach the lake, you can choose to go left or right until you find the spot where you want to set up for the day or night. It's a great place to hang hammocks and let the kids play.

Bathrooms are located at the trailhead only.

Pack List

  • NW Pass (Can be bought at Elk Lake Day Use)
  • Toilet paper
  • Ten Essentials
  • Swim Stuff
  • Camera
  • Hammocks
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RT Distance 2.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 405 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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amazing

absolutely worth pulling the car over for and making the journey. warmest and clearest lake I've ever swam in and gorgeous views. a must stop!


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