HIKING WITH BRIAN
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
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
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)