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Hardscrabble Lake

Oct 02, 2004

by TheLoneHiker last modified Sep 10, 2008 02:54 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike

This is my first trip upto the Hardscrabble lakes. The middle fork road has a small slide across the road about a mile from the end. I was going to go over it but didn't have a spotter handy. There is really only one rock that is keeping it from being passable in 4x4. I walked up to Big Tree that is down along side the road and started looking for the trail. There are a couple sucker trails that everybody tries, including me, that don't go anywhere. The trail is about 100yds up the road and can be found by looking for what looks like an old road bed on the left about 10ft above the current road. Here the trail heads up through the brush to what was probably a brushy logging road. The trail proceeds up the valley to a rock field which you cross. Look for all the marker rocks and you come out the top onto what appears to be several possible trails which maze the rest of the way up to the lake. The one I was on was pretty easy to follow but there were a number of side trails that dead ended no where. The lake itself was wonderful today, the trout were rising, the sun was out and there were some nice rocks to snooze on. There are a couple of potential campsites with fire rings but both were very wet today. I didn't head up to the second lake today, it was just to nice where I was. This was a nice hike but I would not recommend it on a wet day as the brush is reasonably thick along the trail. The trail appears to only be about a 1.7 miles long. There were alot of vehicles parked at the slide but I saw no one else at the lake.

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