Borrow Pit / Viewpoint Mike - Lost Creek Lake 1-14-15

Photos by Beverly, Dan and Keeley

We had hazy sun all day with temperatures warming from the low 30s into the low 50s. There was ice and frost on the road as we headed up towards the borrow pit passing an area where ODOT disposes of road kill. We saw lots of bones and partially decomposed deer along with the mutilated body of a young bear.

Once in the pit we ascended the lava plug which we immediately dubbed the Beverly Step. Then it was back down, across the pit, and then up to the road at the top of the pit. We passed a large fenced enclosure containing what looked to be a dozen or so sled dogs tied to individual kennels on the plateau on the south side of the pit.

From the top of the pit we had a nice view of Bailey at 41 miles and Thielsen at 46 miles. We then made our way through the woods and down to the Viewpoint Mike lookout for lunch. Interestingly, we noticed that we could see Union Peak, which is about 26 miles away, from the lookout.

After lunch we headed down to the Viewpoint Mike TH and from there to the Rogue River Lodge for refreshment.

Ashland Hiking Home

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