Location of Hike: Old Baldy Trail
Trail Number: 502
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Bodie (my dog)
Hike Distance: 7
This was a short hike to the Lost Lake Old Growth trail.
It was the weekend before my mother had hip surgery, and I thought it would be good for her to have some nice pictures in her head while she recovered. The trail is mostly a boardwalk through some magnificent old growth douglas fir and cedar trees.
It was a very nice day, however it was VERY cold and VERY windy. Luckily, we were spared most of the wind when going on the trail. We had lunch down by the lake, and it was really cold. The store was still open when we were there, but it was the last week until they closed up for the winter. Lost Lake is a beautiful lake, however it is a rather long drive to get there.
Lastly, I had to explore the “trail” that was discussed on trailadvocate.org (see below). I ended up finding the trail, and found the old campsite nestled in a grove of some very old trees, right next to the Collowash River. What a beautiful place, and a great place to finish the day! (edit many years later – this is the “Oh Boy” camp that appears on old maps and was on what is now the Elk Lake Creek trail (this part of the trail was taken out by road building, but this short section remains).
Here is a summary of each of the trails I took on this hike:
Exploration (message from the trailadvocate.org site): On Forest Road 6380 (which is the approach to the Elk Lake Creek trailhead) there is a short trail which leads from the road down a steep slope to a terrace near the Collowash River. This trail is located about 1/2 mile downstream of the bridge crossing the river. The trail is not evident from the road except for the flagging that someone has hung on the trees. This 1/4 mile or so of trail appears to be a constructed trail, with a level tread dug out of the hillside and a constant grade down the hill and may be a remnant of a more significant trail, perhaps one that predated the construction of FR 6380. At the end of the trail there are the remains of a camp of some sort, including a storage box or cabinet made out of wood slats, and a table or work surface. Two walls of the storage box, fastened above ground to two trees, are still in pretty good shape, but the table is mostly rotted away. Could this be a camp that early-day forest rangers might have used as they went about their rounds or whatever they did in the old days? On a couple of maps that I have there is a reference to â€œOh Boy Campâ€ in this general area, so Iâ€™m wondering if this might be that camp. Does anyone have any information on this? Could this be a segment of a trail that once followed the general route up the Collowash joining what is now known as the Elk Lake Creek trail? Trails along that route can be seen on the 1935 and 1946 Mt Hood Forest maps posted on this website as well as on other maps that I have.
This will definitely be on my short list of favorite trails….