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loch leven lakes trail

Postby adam » Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:21 pm

I just got back from an absurdly warm, given the time of year, overnight at middle loch leven lake-- which was beautiful. However, since the one and only other time I went up there ~6 years ago on xc skis, the usfs seems to have re-routed the trail (or is there a summer and winter trail?). I remember going up a trail about where the topo map shows it up a pleasant forested valley; the trail now goes up a ridge in full sight and very loud sound of the interstate. here's a link to the map: http://picasaweb.google.com/arsmith2/Lo ... 3248410018 Does anyone know why the switch? is the old trail still accessible, or now someone's vacation cabin?

As for the trip, pictures are at http://picasaweb.google.com/arsmith2/LochLeven#
In breif, this trip is amazingly easy access (right off 80) and very short (~3.5 miles) to beautiful lakes that we had to ourselves (at least until the day hikers arrived at lunch time).

The downside is that you can hear the highway and railroad noise all the way up the trail, and, at night, even at the lakes. I don't think I would come up again without snow to muffle the sound.

it's amazing how nice it is right now-- hard to imagine winter's just around the corner!



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Re: loch leven lakes trail

Postby maverick » Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:10 am

Really cool Adam.
What temp was the water?
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Re: loch leven lakes trail

Postby adam » Sun Nov 01, 2009 3:25 pm

somewhere between "refreshing" and "painfully cold"-- maybe "uncomfortably cold"-- I certainly didn't want to linger for more than just quick jump in and out, but given the warm temps outside, it felt good.
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