Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail is a 13 or 16.5 mile loop depending on whether you decide to ford the river or follow the trail the extra 2 miles each way to the bridge. There's lots of smooth single track here reminiscent of the Lewis River Trail but also lots of ups and downs, excessive brush, and washouts. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere and should be considered a real adventure trail. That said, there is a campground and swimming beach at the lake and logging roads close by to most of the trail. Thing is, people boat and swim here but don't hike more than the first few miles of the trail in each direction from the campground.
Cross over the dam and find the start of the trail. This first section has some ups and downs but also some wonderful smooth 2nd growth forest riding. When you hit a logging road go straight looking for the trail to continue. At about 6 miles you hit a jeep road and follow it for 100 feet or so and it becomes the trail again. At 6.6 you will have a chance to cross the river (you'll have to ford it here) or continue 2 more miles to a concrete bridge. If you decide to ford the river, look for trail tape across the creek - it can be hard to find. If you can't find it marked -- after crossing just start crashing straight thru the brush until you hit the trail (I would do this without the bikes until you connect with the trail). If you cross the bridge, look for the trail to loop back on the other side.
This west side is rougher than the east side. More ups and downs, more brush, and at least one push and carry workaround to a big slide. When you reach an old logging road just follow it until you see "trail" signs. The last few miles to the campground are smooth and fast. Go through the campground and back to your car. Now it's time to get into that bathing suit and go swimming!
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