Eel Lake Hike and Strider Picnic, June 15 South Coast Striders release – Saturday June 16, Join us for one of our favorite hikes. This experience can be appropriate for paddlers as well as hikers. There will be a 4 mile hike out and back along the Eel Lake Trail. This is a beautiful and fairly level trail which runs around the south edge of the lake for 3 miles. The longer hike (6 miles total ) will proceed at a brisker pace out to the end of the trail and back for those of you who want more of a workout. Hikers can explore the lakes many inlets and maybe catch a glimpse of osprey, eagle and deer as you walk through forests of spruce, cedar, fir, and alder. Eel Lake is also a very nice flat water paddle & has a swimming area. Pack a lunch to eat in the picnic area after the hike. If you are a paddler, you might consider coming early (7:30am) to paddle on the lake before the wind picks up. If you time it right you could get in a nice paddle and then go on the hike at 10 am.