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Yellowwood Lake Trail Hike

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Last weekend, Sarah and I hiked the Lake Trail at Yellowwood State Forest. Well, sort of. We don’t like half of it, so we do the half we do like as an out-and-back. This way, we have lake views most of the time. Here’s a map of our hike.

It was a gorgeous fall day, highs in the 60s, sunny … perfect, really. It felt good to hike again. Aside from another hike the previous weekend, I’ve hardly hiked since my foot surgery in the spring. Then again, we usually do most of our hiking during the winter anyway.

The lake level reflects how dry things are here. The field below is usually part of the lake.

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Some leaves are starting to turn. Some just died and fell off the branches, due to the dry weather. Others are still green.

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This is a creek … usually.

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Below is a creek crossing that can be tricky, at times. Now it’s dry, you can just walk right across.

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You can sort of see below that much of the lake has no water in it. It looks like a big field or a mud pit in the photo. That’s normally lake.

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Sarah sure was enjoying herself.

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Again, the big open area is normally all water. Now it looks like there’s just a small stream.

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Of course, Rob ran into the water on numerous occasions, getting extremely muddy in the process. It was gross, but he loved it!

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You can sort of see some switchbacks in this next shot. These help make the climb more gradual.

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As we neared the dam side, the lake had water in it. The clouds looked ominous, but we didn’t get any rain.

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We lingered on the dam for a while, taking photos and enjoying the view.

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Then, we turned around and went back the way we came. We hiked around 4.8 miles. It was a wonderful fall day for a hike.  I look forward to cooler weather, it makes hiking even better!

3 Responses to “Yellowwood Lake Trail Hike”

  1. Chandra Says:

    Very nice photos! I love the fact that you got fall colors.

    What kind is the pup? Nice tail 🙂

    Peace 🙂

  2. Tim S Says:

    very nice. and good for Rob. keeps you honest.

  3. Chris Says:

    Looks like a great outing. I’m with Chandra, the fall colors are excellent. Hopefully, we’ll see some down here in a few weeks.

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