Into the Wilderness: Oval Lake


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Badger Creek Wilderness

At the Fifteenmile Forest Camp on the northern edge of the 44-square mile Badger Creek Wilderness, I was greeted with a cool breeze and quite a few clouds.

The Trail steeply followed Fret Creek into an upper basin, reaching Oval Lake in a little over two miles.

Golden-mantled

This is very pretty, small lake sitting underneath the cliffs forming the headwall between the Fifteenmile Creek Basin to the north and the Badger Creek Basin to the south.

Soon I met the Divide Trail and began exploring to the east. The trail was very steep and rocky in places. After enjoying the views for awhile, I headed back to the lake.

Several gray jays and a golden-mantled kept me company while I ate a light lunch near the lake.

A very nice day indeed.

Mt Hood from the Hood River Valley on drive to Trailhead

Oval Lake

Old trailblazes chopped into the trees

Gray Jay with a tasty snack

Oval Lake from the Trail

Big mushroom

Into the Wilderness

 

 

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