Over Christmas, some friends back in Maine told us about a "lost" trail that they used to hike when they lived here about ten years ago. At that time, it had been closed by the rangers and was no longer on any of the current maps. Their stories of a beautiful creek, deserted trail, and cool summer weather really drew us in. But there was one problem, they couldn't remember exactly where it was; all they knew was the general area and the name of the creek.
Earlier this year (first 3 pictures) we decided to go in search of it. First, we did some research. But other than one obscure picture with a GPS coordinate and a google earth map of the area, we didn't come up with much. We decided to give it a shot anyway; the lure of a lost trail was just too much!
Once we were in the general area, we were discouraged to discover that there was much more snow than we had anticipated. This would make lost trail hunting rather difficult! We set off, wandering far beyond our actual destination and debating liberally about where this illusive trail might begin. Eventually we heard a rushing creek and began to follow deer trails along the top edge of a very steep ravine. We finally discovered an unmarked, well-traveled path that led down, down, down to the creek. It was a beautiful spot, and very chilly! We followed a stomped down trail for a short ways, but then the tracks in the snow gave out. We were at a loss to know where the trail continued. After searching around for a while, we concluded that this was definitely a possibility, but we would need to return when there was less snow in order to make sure. On the way back, we discovered a much more direct and obvious trail that led right back to the car. We had ignored it on the way in because we thought it was to soon to be what we were looking for.
Last Sabbath we returned to follow the trail further. And we can now say that we have "found" the "lost" trail! No, I'm not going to say where it is. But if you come visit, we'll give you a personal tour! It's an incredible stream with lots of small waterfalls and beautiful scenery. The trail was hard to pick out at times due to lack of upkeep and fallen trees but that made it all the more interesting. We definitely plan to return in the summer when we can enjoy the water more. Here is a few pictures from our hike.