Backpacking trip #2 was a success. Well, mostly,
I headed out on Friday with a couple of friends at about 4:30. It was about a 2 1/2 hour drive to get to the trailhead in the pioneers that goes to Gorge Lakes, our intended destination.
Warning: the road up to the trail head is not at all maintained, only meant for cars that can handle going over endless rocks and potholes. It’s a painful ride.
The hike was supposed to be about 3 hours at most, 3 miles, and not too much elevation gain.
Climbing down to the lake
The beginning was tough for me though, so one of our friends went ahead to get there before dark and set up camp, and I and another person were supposed to meet him there. Two hours later, we realized we were very, very lost. We were supposed to get there around 9, but at 10:30pm we were still bushwhacking in the dark with our headlamps on, and we decided it was time to call it quits. We set up camp in a rockfield we had climbed up, ate a cliff bar, and went to bed.
Warning: The trail is not maintained at all, so you need to have maps and be very careful about the route you take so you don’t end up lost like us. And stick together,
The next morning we were able to orient ourselves in the light and got to the lake/campsite in about 30 minutes. It was gorgeous! And well worth the adventure.
We spent Saturday and Sunday hanging out in the sun by the lake. My friends all did some fishing, and the lake was so full they caught a fish with just about every cast. It was a relaxing and well-spent weekend.
What adventures will you have when you’re out here?
Lake on the left