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Country: United States
Begins: Jun 2, 2014
Date: Mon, Jun 2nd, 2014
Start: Westfir, Oregon
Trip Distance: 3.0
Hours Hiked: 2
Entry Visits: 108
Journal Visits: 108
Guestbook Views: 3
Guestbook Entrys: 0
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Office Bridge in Westfir, oregon
(Image 1) I took the long way to Oakridge by traveling from the Mckenzie Ranger Station south down scenic Hwy. 19. On the way while driving, I had the fortune of seeing a huge elk cow near FS 1942, and a couple of deer just a couple of miles down the road at FS 1940. This covered bridge in in Westfir, OR is located near the South Fork Ranger Station.
(Image 2) I stopped by the South Fork Ranger Sation, just outside Oakridge to inquire about the condition of FS road 2417. I wanted to know if the road had any slides or large trees down that would prevent me to getting to the trailhead. I was warned that there would be snow drifts above 5000 ft. on the shaded parts of the road. Turns out, the road was clear all the way to it's end minus two small downed trees easily removed with my saw. This photo shows me at the end of the road in my parking spot for the week.
(Image 3) To get to Gander Lake from where I parked, take FS trail 3591 (Swan Lake Trail) to it's end and head west about half a mile. When you see the lake staring back at you through the trees, beat the bush heading to the shoreline on the eastern side of the lake. I could hardly stand it as I got my first clear look at this beautiful lake in over thirty years. This is looking South.
(image 4) This is my spot for the evening on the east side of Gander Lake. In 1977, a group of boy scouts, wandering for a good place to set up camp, made their way to this area. We cleared the brush and established a fire ring. At that time, the weather was lousy, with driving rain for a good portion of the trip. But in the end, the good memories from the trip has drove me back to this spot.
(Image 5) Sunny weather with a gentle breeze off the lake was the weather this time. Sitting on a natural bench journaling above the fire ring. The ridge behind me is quite steep.
Other Trail is located off the beaten path, somewhere between the soles of your feet and your imagination.