Hemlock Lake and Lake of the Woods - May 26, 2012
Coordinator Gary Waugaman, narration and pictures by Bill Riley

Saturday, 26 MAY, under the guidance of Gary and Nancy Waugaman, 17 "Friends of the Umpqua" hike club traveled about 33 miles East of Glide to the Hemlock Lake/creek parking lot. I am including some friends who live in Arizona and Florida who are suffering a dry hot spell just to show them that some spots of the lower 48 are still wet and beautiful.

Our hike started up Hemlock creek across three foot bridges into snow country. The elevation must have been around 4,500 feet as there was fresh snow on the ground. One bridge had no foot prints of any kind on it. It has rained locally this past week so the snow level must have been down to that level. We even saw some wild flowers still blooming.

After completing the loop to upper Hemlock Creek we continued on down towards Lake of the Woods, which was filled with campers over Memorial Day week-end. Some were lucky enough to catch their dinner of rainbow trout. After passing through the camp ground we continued on down to Hemlock Creek Falls where we had our lunch. Despite forecast rain we again lucked out and had beautiful weather. So quiet and peaceful in the forest filled with Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Cedar trees. After lunch we returned to Lake of the Woods and then took a fiinal hike to Yakso Falls. These were quite wide and beautiful. According to Gary's pedometer the total distance was 6.3 miles which we covered in 3 hours and 20 minutes including our break for lunch.


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