Grizzly Peak and Lost Creek Falls 5-22-19

Photos by Dan and Francie, Video by Dan

We arrived at the trail head around 9:30am. We could see that there was some new snow on the ground from the previous day. It was noted that contrary to what John thinks, Rite Aid is not always the coldest spot of the day.

Eight hikers began to head up the trail that had turned to mud and some slippery snow. Just 10 days earlier when I checked out the trail, the ground was so dry it was cracked.

We headed to the right so we could get our summit picture. Some of the wildflowers were able to withstand winter rearing it's head one more time. We saw some Chocolate Checkered Fritillaria that I had never seen on Grizzly Peak and also Fairy Slippers.

The clouds were low and the views were obstructed so we decided to head around and back down to eat our lunch at the TH.

There were a few grumbles and a suggestion to skip Lost Falls and head to Caldera. I knew the Falls would be worth it and said we would continue to the falls. To make up for the cold weather, I offered everyone a piece of chocolate from the endangered species collection and I think all was forgiven.

We headed to Lost Falls and hiked on a nice trail with 2 small stream crossings and a few downed trees. When we arrived at the Falls the water flow was amazing. Perhaps the best flow I have seen.

We headed back to our cars and on to Caldera to warm up with fries and beer.

Later in the week, we were saddened to hear that a man fell to his death at Lost Falls the same day we had hiked in. 

Francie

 

Track downloads:
Road to Lost Creek Falls TH 5-22-19.gpx
Grizzly Peak 5-22-19.gpx
Lost Creek Falls 5-22-19.gpx

Lost Creek Falls

 

Hiker killed after 100-foot fall near Ashland

from the Ashland Tidings 5/24/19

A Medford man died after falling off a cliff in the wilderness near Ashland. Michael Kent Brewster, 63, reportedly fell to his death Wednesday evening while hiking Lost Falls trail northeast of Ashland, according to a release issued Thursday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman called 911 at 8:08 p.m. to report the fall, but she had to hike to another location in order to get within cell range. The sheriff’s office’s search and rescue tactical rope rescue team found the man’s body Thursday morning in the water at the base of a 100-foot cliff, according to police. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is still investigating the cause and manner of Brewster’s death.

Rescue Team

 

Ashland Hiking Home

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