10/23/2007 – Huxley Lake

Date of Hike: 10/23/2007
Location of Hike: Huxley Lake Trail
Trail Number: 521
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Bodie (my dog)
Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Hike Distance: 9 miles
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
This was a difficult, although interesting hike. You start at Lookout Springs campground, hike about a half mile down the Corral Springs trail, there is a junction with Huxley Lake. Then you DROP down about 1000′, with most of it VERY steep. I never did find the lake on this hike, however in discussions after I got back, I found out where I went wrong. The junction at the bottom of the hill is actually the trail. I should have gone left and followed that trail, instead of going straight, which is an old road. I think I ended up coming out on road 4612, and walked down that for a while. We followed the actual trail for a bit, thinking it was the trail to the lake, however we turned around since the trail to the lake was only .2 mile, and we walked quite a bit farther than that, so figured we must be on the wrong trail. We ended up walking a lot further than we planned, but there were some very nice areas on this trail. It has been somewhat ruined by the ATVs on the trail, however. In some areas, you can’t even tell where the real trail goes, since there has been so much off trail excursions by the ATVs. This would be an interesting trail to hike again, however next time I would start from the bottom end and come up, which is a lot less vertical climb. It sounds like the best part of the trail is the lower half, anyway.

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