Lost Lake

Trail Difficulty – Moderate

Trail Type – Forest Road

Distance – 7.7 miles

Elevation Gain – 980 Feet

Camera in hand we headed out for Hike 16 and the Weekly Photo Challenge; Summer.

This week was all about elevation gain as we headed out for my first hike since I fell at the garden.  I discovered that I can hike a steady grade and pace myself so I can breathe.

My biggest challenge now is my feet and the boots I am wearing; once again I have blisters between my toes.  Next week we are heading to REI to invest in some real boots. If anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them.

We had a destination in mind – Lost Lake nestled at the top of a forest road almost 1,000 feet up. We were surprised by the number of ponds we saw along the way making the trip that much better.

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A quiet forest pond

No stalking alpaca or serial killers on this hike, just a lot of chipmunks – the very definition of Summer.  This one was fat enough that he allowed me to get pretty close.

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A very fat Chipmunk

As we gained elevation, the views in between the trees became more and more striking.

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Amazing view of where we had been

Wildflowers had started to bloom with amazing colors – I could do a whole post just on them.

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Summer color

Towards the top we saw a break in the trees with a peek at the mountains in the background – this was my reward.  A view I would have never seen sitting on the couch.

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Perspective

The best part was that my legs were not tired, I could breathe, and the idea of hiking the Inca Trail seemed within my grasp – I just have to solve the boot problem.

Truly a wonderful day.

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34 thoughts on “Lost Lake

  1. I still get blisters and I have invested in great boots. I was told early on by seasoned hikers that I needed to invest in moleskin. This is a life saver. It can be foun with the first aid stuff.

    Blisters can happen at any time for any reason and while good boots are important I learned that taking care of your feet is the key.

    Before every hike I make sure that my socks are clean and free of debre. Even the tiniest of fabric pills can create a rub zone. I make sure my feet are dry and I make sure that my boots are fitted (tied) properly for the terrain. Sometimes I tie them loser and some times they are snug.

    Most importantly I learned to STOP while on the trail and add moleskin to my hot spots before they became blisters. I also pretreat before each hike. I add moleskin to those places (heels for me) before I set out.

    Usually by the end of the season I can stop worrying about it because my feet toughen up.

    No matter what shoes you have, you will get blisters when you are breaking them in if your feet are prone to them.

    I actually wear all different types of shoes while hiking. It all depends on the terrain, the elevation and the distance.

    As you get more active and accustomed to hiking you’ll figure these things out. Fortunately I learned from a great group of people in my hiking group. They were a god send.

    • You hit on the key item Miss Molly – stop while on trail and attend the hot spots – I tend to try and puch through to the end and the result is not fun. I keep thinking they will toughen up soon.

      While the boots I have are better than the Sketchers I was wearing, they are still hard leather and do not breathe – I look forward to getting real boots and solving the foot issue…

      Thank you so much for your thought out comment – this is why I lvoe blogging, there is such a wealth of information out there.

    • I think we are pushing so hard Joss that we don’t notice the increase in stamina, but you are right – we are getting stronger.

      I never realized it ould be pregnant – what a great thought!

  2. I often have to wrap bandaids around my toes that rub between, especially when running. I have a friend who gets the fancy toe socks at REI and it takes care of the problem for her. I don’t think I could stand to wear them!

  3. What a wonderful hike you had this day, and super job on learning how to pace yourself.

    For the in-between blisters, that means the toe bed is too small for you. It could be that you need a wider toe bed, and perhaps a 1/2 size larger. I ended with a men’s size Keens because they have the roundest toe bed. REI can help you fit correctly if tell them your problem.

    I prefer ankle height boots to provide better ankle support versus the trail runners Gain without Pain suggested. This is a personal preference.

    In the meantime, if you get blisters in the same spots, get some sports tape at the local drug store and tape those areas before you hike. You can also consider coolmax sock liners under your hiking socks to help reduce friction.

    When you start getting stronger you’ll be tempted to take longer strides. Fight that urge as that will start friction on the balls of your feet. Instead more frequent smaller steps are better. Also going down hill can cause your foot to hit the front of the shoe – another source of blisters.

    Hope this helps!

    • Really? I was thinking the opposite – this is such good information to have – it makes since that my toes are crammed too close together…

      Thank you for the input on the ankle support, I have been back and forth about it – I am a clutz so ankle support may be a good idea.

      Such a great comment, that you so much for the info! This is all so new to me.

      • You have no idea what I went through trying to figure out the blister thing. It took me over a year and a half and lots of asking questions with my hike mates.

        Even now with my custom made boots I have issues. I’ve been stretching the heck out of them and still have problems. They’ll be good in about a year (leather.)

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