It doesn't take long to get out of town and away from the suburbs. In Camas, Washington off SR 500 you'll find wide trails and riparian vistas galore at Lacamas Lake Park. To approach Lacamas Park from its southern end, take SR 14 to SR 500 in Camas; turn north on SR 500 to just past NW Lake Rd. Free parking is available.
A great way to enjoy the lake, river and small dam is to take the Lacamas Park Trail. This wide, easy walking trail parallels Lacamas Creek and the eastern shore of Round Lake under a canopy of forest and moss. In winter this leaf covered gravel pathway will lead you across a small dam, along the river and to rushing waterfalls. There are side trails that are narrower and a bit more rugged. All trails are marked. It would be best to have a trail map with you.
It is a great winter trail because it affords stable footing and is not too muddy. In the spring, however, people flock to the area to see the blue Camas Lilies. Winter scenery included rushing streams and rapids, mist shrouded limbs hanging over ponds and brilliant green moss.
The day we were at the trailhead there were people walking dogs, families, young men with toy RC off-road trucks looking for a realistic spot to run them, runners, a few mountain bikers and, of course, walkers. Dogs are permitted on-leash. It is recommended that you wear shoes with some tread, such as day hikers and, if you are prone to slipping, take a hiking stick.
After a brisk winter hike, you'll probably be hungry. We headed back into suburban Camas to check out Roots Restaurant and Bar. We had heard good things about Roots. TripAdvisor rates Roots as #2 in growing Camas. And, they were open for lunch!
We encountered a not very busy restaurant with excellent service, contemporary decor and an interesting menu. We noted the wine list had a good selection of local wines too. Since it was a chilly winter day we opted for some true winter dishes.... cauliflower soup with crab, kale salad, wild salmon over winter vegetable hash topped off with a marvelous desert. The prices were in the medium range, much of the food was locally sourced, the service was excellent and the atmosphere bright and comfortable (we had a booth).
I'd recommend an outing at Lacamas Lake Park followed by a nice lunch at an eatery such as Roots to make a fantastic Northwest day trip experience.