Statlu Lake (Chehalis)
This beautiful lake is surrounded for beautiful mountains but you have to drive 39 km over a logging road.
On our way up, we were passed by the local club of "Toyota Land Cruisers" owners
Then we crossed Elbow Lake and Chehalis River
Before we reached Chehalis Lake there is a fork that goes left. If you go there, this is the fork that you must follow if you want to reach the lake.
The last kilometres were driven next to Chehalis Lake. We keep driving and before the bridge over Chehalis River we turned left (Elev: 246m, 49.422:124.069)
The last 5 km has numerous water bars (we counted 72 on the last 4.5 kms)
Now I realized how right were the people who told me that RAVs, CRVs, Trackers, and similar small SUVs have a hard time on places like this.
Two bridges in quick succession shows the trail that starts up on an old road (left side). I already left the car ready for for our way back. (Km 4.4 from Large Bridge - Elev: 397 m, 49.3048:122.0180)
The road only lasts a few meters, then you start a well-marked trail
Before the lake there is a tributary gully near the top of the waterfall. You can have a beautiful view of the falls coming from the lake but the rocks are slippery in some places and completely slippery when they are wet (or frozen), it's like a toboggan. If you fall you will have a complete view of the falls before you meet with a certain death. Three people have already died. As you see, still one of our hikers wanted to see the falls.
5 minutes later we reached Statlu Lake, the place where Chehalis River is born
Between those mountains lies another lake, it can be reached using Brotherhood Trail.
But before you need to cross two large rock slides.
What I can say, it's an incredible beautiful place
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Trip Time: 2:30 hours (including breaks)