hog wild april 19 – 21 2013

Our weekend camping trip this week takes us to Hog Canyon Lake. It is west of Spokane Washington about 25 miles. It is south of I-90. This area is controlled by BLM and WDFW. The camping up away from the boat launch is free, dispersed camping. If you camp down by the boat launch you would need the Discovery Pass. There is one spot down there. Here is a link to some information about the area: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/site_info.php?siteid=273

The weather for these days was typical spring weather. Friday night was breezy with a chance of rain. Saturday was highs in mid 50’s with chance of rain and Sunday was about the same. We never did get rained on the whole weekend. Well, not until we got home. It was a bit breezy but our camp spot was pretty well protected from the wind. We actually thought it was pretty nice weather.

our camp spot for the weekend

our camp spot for the weekend

We got settled in and had a nice quite evening. No one was around but us.

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The next morning after breakfast and coffee we did a hike down to the other side of the lake. The lake can not be seen from our camp spot but it is just a few hundred yards away. There are trails along the north west side of the lake. There was even a few geo caches along the way that we did find. Before we left we watched a tom and hen turkey walk around. They had chicks but I could not get a picture of them.

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So we got our stuff on and headed out for a little hike. In all it was about 2.5 miles of hiking. Fairly easy terrain for it too.

first view of the lake

first view of the lake

spring is here

spring is here

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a pond above the lake and a stop for a geo cache

a pond above the lake and a stop for a geo cache

Cody, Joanne and our dog Buddy

Cody, Joanne and our dog Buddy

more blooms should be out in another week or so

more blooms should be out in another week or so

the waterfall that dumps into the lake

the waterfall that dumps into the lake

a look back to the other end of the lake where we came from

a look back to the other end of the lake where we came from

a very pretty waterfall that is the main source of water for the lake. you can not go any further towards it as the falls are on private property.

a very pretty waterfall that is the main source of water for the lake. you can not go any further towards it as the falls are on private property.

the falls give their bounty to the lake here

the falls give their bounty to the lake here

There was a couple more caches found up to this point. We started our hike back up the hill to find one more cache and to take in the beauty of the area.

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we actually are on a pedestal

we actually are on a pedestal

this is the starting end of the lake. a small dam is on this end. this is where the boat launch is also.

our camp site is at this end and above the lake. a small dam is on this end. this is where the boat launch is also.

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We got back to camp and pretty much had a lazy rest of the day. No other plans, just a nice relaxing time.

There is one thing that we found that was not to our liking with this camp area…other people not cleaning up after themselves. We picked up a couple bags of garbage to haul out of the area to be PROPERLY disposed of. Why people trash the area they go to is always beyond my understanding.

two bags worth of trash left behind from other people.

two bags worth of trash we picked up that was left behind from other people.

Sunday morning we left for home. Yet another enjoyable camp weekend. We really did like the area. It is close to home yet seems a world away. Perfect.

hog wild    april 19 – 21  2013

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