July 13, 2005
Blair Lake, northeast of Oakridge, is reached via 9+ miles of gravel
roads off Salmon Creek Road.
The trail begins just west of the lake and wends its way first through
lovely wild flower meadows, then climbs gently into the forests.
Halfway to the top our small group stopped on a rocky outcrop to look down
on the lake, a really lovely sight.
After enjoying this view we returned to the trail and hiked through acres
of bear grass dotted with tiger lilies.
Reaching the top with minimal huffing (approximately 800 feet above the lake),
we lunched, surrounded by the Cascade peaks from Jefferson to Diamond, and a
smidgen of Hood.
There’s a shelter at the top built to provide protection from weather,
sometimes a destination for Obsidian cross-country skiers.
After lunch we scouted out the Mule Mountain Trail which offers the possibility
of a Pass Key adventure.
At the completion of our hike we rendezvoused at the Lake camping area for
crumpets and puddling blues.
Blair Lake offers great picnicking, swimming and huckleberry picking in late summer.
Hikers included guest