Hog Canyon Lake — Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
Finding Hog Canyon Lake is like finding a "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant and it turns out to be amazing. This short 3.4 mile (roundtrip) trail leads you to a beautifully stunning lake that seemingly not too many people are aware of it's existence. It's slightly overshadowed by the more popular Fishtrap Lake just south of Hog Canyon Lake but in my opinion Hog Canyon takes the cake. Me and the pup arrived at the trailhead midday, and a little chilly. There IS vehicle access at the lake itself but it's more rewarding if you take the hike. The trail is entirely single-track and in great condition. It was a bit muddy, and the cowpies are definitely present, but nothing that a solid pair of boots can't handle. The trail is graded in a few different areas and very well marked all the way to the lake. About a half mile from the lake, you begin to the see the creek to the east which eventually leads you to the lake. When you finally reach the lake, it's a sight that is a bit hard to describe. The lake is entirely surrounded by a towering wall of basalt rock, which seemingly blocks almost all wind on the water making it a primo spot for kayak fishing of sorts. If you follow the lake to the most northern edge, there is a set of falls that look almost like steps on a staircase. This place is such a hidden gem. And I feel like it would be great for swimming in the summertime. And the sunset that is displayed here is unmatched for the area. I will definitely be making a trip back soon. I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for an easy stroll out to a gorgeous lake/falls. Overall I would rate this trail a solid 4.1 out of 5.