Combo Hikes to Hole in The Ground Falls & Blue Grotto Falls 2-8-21

Photos by Darryl, Linda and Patricia

Ten Hikers met at the first Lewis Road lot just off Highway 62 and across from the Peyton Bridge. We gathered for a new combination hike to two falls at Lost Creek Lake.

First we followed the Rogue River Trail under the bridge and up river to Hole in the Ground Creek. Along the way, we were surprised by the first wildflower sightings of 2021! The little purple Snow Queens peeking out from one small section of the trail.

The stairstep Hole in the Ground Falls cascade over moss covered boulders in the creek. This first part of the hike is just under 3 miles out and back.

When we got back to the cars we found an unwelcome surprise as someone had smashed Patricia's driver's side door window. Nothing appeared to have been stolen, but she decided to head back to Ashland to seek repairs and contact her insurance agent. This vandalism was a first for our hiking group.

For the second part of the hike we drove our cars another 1+ miles down Lewis Road to the third parking turnout by the continuation of the Rogue River Trail. After lunch, down by the lake shore, we headed out through Lichen shrouded forests 2 1/4 miles to the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto Falls were going much stronger than 10 days previous during our scouting hike; and the cold water at the base of the falls had covered a small tree with icicles!

For extra credit, Linda and Randy led Liz and Bob Hutton up a steep trail near the Grotto trail to the top of the falls!

The weather cooperated giving us partly sunny skies with temps in the 40s.

This new combo/hike is doable for most AHG members. At the end of the day, our hikers were happy to have completed the 7.16 miles with 750' of gain.

Stay well,
Rich

 

Ashland Hiking Home

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