Since we had Presidents Day off, what better way to spend it than hiking! So in honor of George, Thomas Abe, & Teddy (and the rest of the presidents), we took Katie and drove up highway 62 to Joseph H Stewart State Park and Lost Creek Lake. Ok, technically it is a State Recreation Area, but to us it's a State Park.
|This could be an interesting hike?!?!?|
There are so many options for hiking or biking at this park. You can take a short hike along marked nature trails or try to hike/bike the 17 mile loop around Lost Creek Lake. Our hike started in the day use area by the lake as we trekked along the paved bike path towards the campground and Peyton Bridge.
|Nice wide paved bike path near the start of our hike|
|Mostly cloudy skies, but still a nice upward view.|
|Trail through area with large Madrone trees|
|One of the many streams/creeks that we passed.|
Once we arrived at the campground, the bike path took us along a large open meadow area with some very large and very old oak trees. This meadow continued almost to Peyton Bridge, which is where our trail took a sharp left turn and began to follow the shoreline of Lost Creek Lake and became the Rogue River trail.
|One of the large oak trees in the meadow area|
|Can you find the deer? We did.|
|Lost Creek Lake|
|Snow Queen --- spring is coming!|
|View of the inlet stream upper canyon area|
|Inlet stream flowing into the marina area.|
|The marina. End of the hike for us.|
Our total hike was just 6 miles along a mostly flat paved trail. But in those few hours we were treated to meadows, forests, creeks, streams, waterfalls, the lake, deer, flowers and the wonderful smells and sounds that go with them. It made us almost want to shout BULLY in honor of TR.
Glenn & Carol