Lost Creek Lake - North Shore to the Blue Grotto

Photos by Jerry, Liz and Randy - Track by Jerry

Despite some hike changes and TH confusion it turned out to be another great day on the trail Monday.

I got some earlier heads up that a logging project through December had our original TH on Lewis Road closed so we switched to a TH off Takelma Road on the northside of the lake. Then we played "Where's Randy" for a while as he wasn't at the Rogue River TH, but was found further up the road at the Lost Creek Lake TH, which is near the restroom on the trail and made for a shorter day's hike.

It was frosty at the start in the shade and crossing the first few bridges but soon we broke onto the sunny trail and left the frost behind us.

Liz had us on the lookout for different types of Lichen (old man's beard or witches hair, antler, and chocolate drop, among others) and we also spotted some pink self mushrooms and some bright sunny white mushrooms next to the trail.

We seven made it to the Blue Grotto bridge at a quarter past noon, stepping over the missing plank at the east entrance. We had a leisurely lunch as Jerry and Randy went off to explore above the falls, and Rich and new hiker David went down into the Grotto behind the falls and found sunny spots for lunch.

We had a relaxed pace heading back to the cars and covered 8 miles total with mostly sunny temps in the 50s and not much gain but lots of ups and downs.

We welcomed David, a good hiker and outdoors enthusiast, to the AHG. 

And we celebrated the upcoming holiday with baby cups of Pumpkin Pie and cream ice cream at Phil's Frosty.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Rich Stickle
AHG Monday Leader
541-891-4067

Track download: Lost Creek Lake North Shore 11-22-21.gpx

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Z01 7 of us today West side trail Lost Creek Res.jpg
Z01 7 of us today West side trail Lost Creek Res.jpg
Z02 Looking back at dry inlet.jpg
Z02 Looking back at dry inlet.jpg
Z03 But there is water.jpg
Z03 But there is water.jpg
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Z05 A lesson on mushrooms.jpg
Z05 A lesson on mushrooms.jpg
Z06 Be careful!.jpg
Z06 Be careful!.jpg
Z07 The good looking ones of our group.jpg
Z07 The good looking ones of our group.jpg
Z08 The dry Blue Grotto Falls.jpg
Z08 The dry Blue Grotto Falls.jpg
Z09 Randy and Jerry climb up nasty wall.jpg
Z09 Randy and Jerry climb up nasty wall.jpg
Z10 Come on old man!.jpg
Z10 Come on old man!.jpg
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Z11 Randy has named this 'Balancing Rock'.jpg
Z12 Our group down below.jpg
Z12 Our group down below.jpg
Z14 Heading back - nice view across lake.jpg
Z14 Heading back - nice view across lake.jpg
Z15 Heading down to Phil's Frosty.jpg
Z15 Heading down to Phil's Frosty.jpg
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