This weekend my family took a roadtrip adventure to Lostine Oregon, and up to Maxwell Lake. This hike was an 8 mile hike round trip. I am sad to say we didn’t make it the whole 8 miles into the lake. We did make 6 miles of this moderate trail. We had my son who has asthma, and is only 9, with us and the last 1 1/2 miles was up some pretty rocky steep terrain that he tried very hard to start going up, but it was too much for him with the 2500ft elevation. But all in all it was a great day spent with family time, in the country mountain fresh air. We saw lots of wildlife and crossed the Lostine river twice once with a bridge, and another over logs and big rocks. I would love to go back with my running buddies, and run this trail all the way into Maxwell Lake. On the way back down the mountain we saw lots of squirrels. We even had some nuts thrown at us from above in the trees as we passed on the trail. My son thought that was the best part. We also saw lots and lots of deer. We investigated prints along the trail and found lots of deer tracks, a cougar track and a small bear print. After a summer of wild fires it was nice to get into the mountains and see a very clear day of no smoke and breathe in clean air. On the way home driving over the Tolgate pass and coming into Umatilla Oregon, we were able to see the tops of Mt Adams and Mt. Rainier in the sunset.I would highly recommend a camping trip to this area and spend it hiking and running the mountain trails that are inside this national forest to explore. My family has already picked the campsite for next summer and other trails to explore like “Hunter falls” and the other lakes trail heads as well as reclimbing to Maxwell Lake. We will have to train with our son to get him ready for next year!