|Zoe & Phee pose at Lost Lake|
Yesterday we drove two hours into Mt. Hood National Forest to go hiking at Lost Lake! Lost Lake has been on my to-do list since I saw a picture of my friend and her dog Graham there. It's a gorgeous spot and I decided I wanted to do it before the season started because it can get very busy, according to my research.
|Zoe & Phoenix spotted a chipmunk|
I think this was one of my most favorite hikes that I've done. The trails are very well maintained and a lot of it has wooden bridges above the marshes so your feet stay dry and mud free. There were a few muddy spots on the actual dirt part of the trail (it had been raining prior to our visit) but it wasn't too bad. The hike also had a couple of climbs but they were not very hard. There's actually another trail that goes off of the main one that climbs quite a bit if that's your thing! I'm not a big fan of huge climbs so I try to stick with the more easy-moderate trails. :)
We let the girls go into the water for a few minutes. They were more interested in eating the grass than doing anything else, though! They were both a bit woozy from the car ride and winding roads.
There were some really nice Trilliums up there! I really like these flowers. They are so unique looking!
Some heavy clouds started rolling in and the temperature started dropping, too.
The forest is so pretty!
We played a couple of recall games on the bridge and then we had to put the camera away because it started pouring rain! Luckily we were almost to the end of the trail where it loops back to the parking lot as the rain started. We ended up doing about 4 miles.
I thought this hike was really fun and totally worth the drive. The scenery was beautiful and there was always something to look at. The only downside was the $8 parking/day use fee, especially since we got rained out and didn't get to stay very long. I thought that the fee was a bit high since we are used to paying $5 or nothing at all.
I would visit Lost Lake again. I thought the lake was pretty neat, the trails were awesome and I'd love to camp there sometime!