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Lake Cushman Realty, 1 (800) 770-2962

HIKING WITH BRIAN

Fellow Hikers,
 
I hope you all have a chance to get out and explore our beautiful area. There are so many places to see and things to do right here that you canít do it all in a lifetime. So get started and do at least one a year Ė youíll be amazed how this memory will last all year and get you motivated to the point you can hardly wait for the next season. Be sure to think safety. Be prepared for changing weather and please, please, please donít litter. Pack it out!
 
This year, letís go about two miles up moderately steep terrain, out of Four Stream to a little gem called Snow Lake. The lake is easily reached in about two to three hours. Take your lunch and fishing pole, because the Eastern Brook Trout do very well here. Last year I took my two nieces, ages 9 and 12, and my 14-year-old nephew, and caught some real nice ones - enough for a good meal. Thereís nothing tastier than a mountain trout rolled in spun honey and flour and lightly seasoned in garlic salt and pepper. Iím getting hungry just thinking about it.
 
The tricky part is finding exactly where the trail takes off from the road. Itís hidden by a layer of brush right at the roadís edge, but is a very obvious trail just behind the brush. Go up Cushman Road to the end of Lake Cushman. Cross the bridge to the left (before entering Staircase) and continue up a couple of miles past the gate on 2451 Forest Road. At the first Y, turn right on Forest Road 100. A couple of more miles following Four Stream, the road turns hard right and crosses Four Stream. Turn around and go back 100 yards to a quarter mile. Look for the trail on the uphill side.
 
The trail goes up the side hill fairly steeply through a beautiful, mature forest and a couple of big cedars that are marked. Follow the trail to the lake. When you get to the lake, veer right, and follow around to a real nice gravel bar and big rock where people have fires. This is a great picnic and fishing spot or just for soaking in the view. If for some reason you canít find the trail itís all about the adventure. Explore the Four Stream area. You just canít go wrong exploring this whole area. Have fun and be safe.
 
(P.S. Gates not open until April)