Lost Creek Lake - West Shore 11-16-15

Despite the gloomy forecasts of the past few days, we experienced no precip on today's hike.  The sun came out from behind the clouds shortly before we reached the lunch bench, so we had pleasant, sunny conditions for our mid-day repast.  The trail was soft in a few places, but it was not the wet and muddy mess that we had expected.  Despite the dusting of snow in the hills overlooking the lake, there could not have been very much precipitation there over the weekend.

There were some controlled burns near the beginning of the hike, although nobody was watching them.  Some fellow who was apparently camping in his vehicle at the trailhead parking area told us that Forest Service personnel set the fires yesterday, then left.

Highlight of the day was a bird called the Brown Creeper working his way up a tree trunk probing the bark for grubs and other delectables.

When we came out on the road we discovered a new trail entry point some 20 yards away.  Thinking that this was a connector to the main Rogue River trail that would shorten our walk along the road itself, we made a steep descent down to the muddy upper hillside above the lake and then retraced our steps.  A considerable distance farther down the road we encountered another new trail entry point, which must be the other end of the trail that we had abandoned.  However, there seemed to be no clear path to connect the two ends of this lakeside trail.  Shortly thereafter we came to the familiar access point for the continuation of the Rogue River trail.  All four of the above trail access points were consistently marked with algae watch signs, but no trail signs. 

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Achtung!.jpg
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Controlled burn.jpg
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Garry oaks.jpg
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