Trail Gulch and Long Gulch Lakes 8-31-16

Photos by Dan, Keeley, Jim and John

Although we drove through some dense smoke at times, by the time we got to the trail head we had clear skies and a low 60’s starting temperature.  The hike was well marked and some of us took a short side trip to see the first lake (Long Gulch Lake) up close and personal.  The view was amazing, with the lake up against rock walls. The sign to the first lake says Trail Gulch Lake although it is shown as Long Gulch Lake on most maps. There is a long history of the names of the two trails and lakes being confused. 

The uphill to the lunch spot was about 650 feet above that lake, with incredible views.  The downside to this hike was the additional 400 feet of uphill hiking after lunch.  We then headed down to a second lake (Trail Lake) in the rocks and back to the waiting shuttle car, which took all 8 of us back up to the first car that we had left at the upper TH.  This hike would be better completed in July.

One unavoidable observation we had to make was that these trails are very popular with stock. Although we saw only a single cow, there was plenty of evidence of horse, mule and cattle traffic on the trails.

Refreshments were taken at Dotty’s Korner Kitchen in Etna.  We were back in Ashland by 5:30 PM and a terrific day was had by all. 

Keeley

Ashland Hiking Home

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