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Trail Running Oregon
by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)
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We made this a 6.6-mile roundtrip hike, enjoying being in a wilderness area (a permit is required from Detroit Ranger Station), the beauty of the lake, the great shaded trail, a few wild lilies and other flowers, two creeks and a view of Mt. Jefferson. From the lake, we took the Hunts Cr. trail left to the Pacific Crest Trail, then left, for a total of 1.1 mile one-way beyond the lake to Milk Creek and a great view of Jefferson. Had we been there 3 weeks earlier (we were there July 25, 2008), the USFS ranger said the hundreds of wild rhody bushes would have been in bloom.
Spectacular! Took Pamelia Creek Trail to Hunts Cove Trail up to Hunt's and Hank's Lakes. Snow still melting off in shady areaa with Spring growth pushing thru it. Flowers everywhere. Trail to Pamelia has been redone and is simple to follow. After Pamelia, as you head out the top end of the lake going up, the trail abruptly ends at the creek. Continue up the creek cross country until you get to large crossable log. Go over. Turn right back down creek. Trail comes and goes for 5 -10 minutes. You will hit the main trail again. Turn left and head on up! Typical mosquitoes for this time a year around lakes. Fabulous!
A very easy hike. Trail is well-maintained. The lake area is somewhat overcamped, so some areas are cordoned off with "keep out" string to allow recovery. Lake is quite pretty, but for a view of Mt. Jefferson, you really have to climb up Grizzly Peak, since it only peaks over the hill at the lake. No real problem with bugs when I was there.
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