Lost Creek Lake - West Shore 3-18-19

Photos by Bob, Francie and Patricia

Wow! The Monday Hiking Group is on a roll! With two great days of hiking weather. 19 eager hikers reported for duty at Rite Aid, and we formed a caravan up to Lost Creek Lake. We stopped at the fish hatchery for the pause that refreshes. Then another four miles up Takelma Rd to our Trailhead.

We got out and geared up under 45 degree sun shining skies. Off we went on the Rogue Trail around the lake from the west shore and through the woods towards lunch at the Blue Grotto. Along the way we spotted purple Snow Queens and Golden Star (singular) which we saw as a group which is called Golden Field. The California Live Oaks still covered the trail with their leaves and moss hung from their branches with their bark bleached white in the sun.

As the sun rose higher in the sky the temp increased and the layers came off. For the most part the trail was level with some gentle ups and downs. But there is one land slide on the trail that needs to be repaired. We helped each other get up and down that section.

We finally made it to the Grotto about 4.5 miles from the start. About 15 of our hikers scrambled down into the Grotto so they could experience walking behind the falls. We took our lunch down at the base of the falls and soaked up the sun on the green boulders. Liz provided the chocolate as our future flower walk leader and I announced to the assembled enthusiasts that walks will begin on Fridays in April. And thanks to Dan for adding them with their own tab to the hiking schedule.

After completing our 9 mile out and back with 390 feet on gain we returned to our cars to learn the temp had risen to 76 degrees.

We all enjoyed ice cream outdoors at Phil's Frosty in Shady Cove.

Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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