Lost Creek Lake - Boat Launch to Hole in the Ground Falls 3-25-19

Photos by Sunny

A threatening forecast of 90% rain probably held our turn out down Monday to just six hearty hikers. But as seems to always happen our AHG luck held and we experienced only a bit of moisture.

We were happy to welcome Darryl back from a seven week bout with kidney stones. And Mike joined Sunny on the trail after weeks with a personal trainer. So our group was more than ready to hit the trail with hopes of viewing two water falls and some new Spring blooms.

First we drove out to leave a shuttle car at the lot just off Lewis Road, then drove back to Joseph Stewart Park and parked by the paved trailhead. The forest shielded us from most rain drops and soon we could hear rushing water.

The first falls, Taggart's Creek Falls, is in the park just off the trail. It was full with a scattered drop of about 30 feet. We were glad to find two young Trilliums down by the creek. Not the dozens from last Spring but it seems we will have a late Spring this year which will yield a latter bloom of flowers.

The trail eventually dumped down onto Highway 62 and from there we headed north across Peyton Bridge. Under the bridge, besides graffiti, we found the trail out to the Hole in the Ground Falls. Which got it's name because the source of the Falls is a underground spring.

Again the water was rushing through the stair step falls with bright green moss covered boulders. This was our lunch spot by the sturdy Army Corp of Engineers bridge. As we were relaxing and chatting with John, Sunny and I looked down and we were surprised to see a big Trillium sleeping with it's bloom under a leaf.

It was another winner hike and everyone was glad to have experienced it. Refreshments were taken at the Four Daughters Irish Pub in Medford, while Sunny and Mike headed back to Ashland to pick up six foster kittens as FOTAS members from the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

Happy Trails,
Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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