Lakeshore Loop is easy to access, moderate to hike and the tradeoff for beautiful scenery could not be better.
For those passing through or with limited time in Heyburn Park, Lakeshore Loop is the perfect hour-long walk through some of the park’s old-growth timber.
From the visitor center trailhead, the loop climbs through heavily-wooded hills before dropping to Plummer Creek.
The path can also be accessed from the Plummer Creek parking area, where Lakeshore Loop follows the marsh along Chatcolet Lake’s edge before leading back to the visitor center.
By August, walking bridges found along the trail offer more novelty than utility. The small feeder creeks into Chatcolet have almost entirely dried out, but some small muddy spots still remain along Lakeshore Loop.
Total distance for Lakeshore Loop comes in at just more than two miles. Both sides of the trail, above and below Chatcolet road, are approximately one mile.
Wildlife ranges from deer and elk in the upper portions to bullfrogs, herons and ospreys closer the marsh.
The Plummer Creek Marsh parking area has a $5 day use fee for vehicles.