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Published: August 2nd 2014
Shortly after leaving Bend we stopped at Smith Rock State Park. The write ups made it sound like a popular place for rock climbing. It's apparently a pretty new park with a yurt as a visitors center...interesting story, just ask me about it. Anyway, gorgeous rock fromation and hiking trails...worth the stop. To the north of the park is a development for millionaire horse ranchers. They have donated $5M for the park's development.
Further up OR 97 was Crooked River Gorge and railroad bridge. Then Crooked River National Grasslands recreation area. We're headed for Mt. Hood Timberland restaurant for lunch. We plan to stop there for lunch in the historic lodge. The closer we got the colder and cloudier it got. By the time we reached the lodge we could hardly see the snow plows working to clear snow or the lodge. We got a great seat in the dining room next to the window, so we had a great view of the snow thru the fog. Next we head for Lost Lake for the next couple nights.
The road to Lost Lake is really winds around in the middle of nowhere. The Lost Lake Resort is one of
those place lost in time. It apparently is National Forest property with the facilities owned by the concessionaire. http://lostlakeresort.org/
The place was recently purchase by two local guys, who have done a great job of renovating the place. They also run Cascade Huts, a 135 mile biking route with three huts to stop at along the way. The place is really remote, so take everything you need. We stayed in one of six rooms in the lodge, but the cottages and campsites looked delightful. The trail system is great. We walked the Lake Trail and the Old Growth Trail. A bird outing was canceled because of the lousy weather. I suggested that we were willing to go regardless of the weather, so they kindly arranged for a young guy to take us. If you go, ask them to arrange an outing with Tim Pitz. He is an excellent guide.
We are only an hour away from our next stop, Hood River on the Columbia River.
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