My 1st trip report here...so bear w/me.
Wanted to venture up to Wahtum Lake and see if I could reduce the trout population. On the map it looked like a remote, hard-to-reach location. I thought I'd be the only sole up there. Wrong, and wrong.
My carefully planned waypoints synched into my Garmin Montana 600 were aparently not needed on the nicely PAVED and signed roads... o well.
Arrived at the lake and found 15+ cars parked in the trailhead area. I gathered my fishing pole, donned my vest and walked down to the lake. I found the wind howling and it was still freezing. Less than thrilled with this adventure so far...I decided to go find somehwere a bit more challenging.
Plan B was to take FS roads north toward Black Lake, Rainy lake and eventually Kinglsey Resivoir area. Maybe do some fishing, scout some secret shooting areas, and just explore. The map made this look pretty simple! So I headed north on Wahtum Lake "Road" and within .25mi realized this was definately a "road" less-traveled. Good thing I'm not concerned about scratching the paint.
Wahtum Lake "road" was more of a trail, and became very interesting up on Waucoma Ridge. Had to go over a berm, and get out and walk-scout several sections before driving that section. Didnt feel like making a 30-point turn on a "trail" with 1000' drop-offs on both sides... So I got my walking/scouting exercise.
The views up on the ridge were incredible! Unfortunatley the "road" became unpassable due to rock slide. It was a white-knuckle drive up that point, so I wasnt too heartbroken to turn around.
My exploring then took me on a few other gravel roads west of Wahtum Lake. I wont divulge too much because I found 2 NICE hidden camping spots. One at ~4500' with unbelievable views of Mt. Hood and the entire valley. The other off the backside of an old logging operation with a nice stream running thru it. Some nice pools in the stream, but I was not able to extract any trout.... but I WILL try again soon.
It was a bummer watching the smoke plume build and build all day long on the dollar lake fire. On my way out, law enforcement had closed Lost Lake Road at Wahtum lake road.
ok, now to attach pics....