One of Forest Lake Camp’s greatest attributes is its campus, with 824 acres there is plenty of wilderness to explore and enjoy. As a camp we feel very fortunate that we can set out on our campus and summit 3 different mountains without ever getting into a vehicle. This spring we further invested in our wilderness offerings by improving our trail system up Vampire Mountain and Lost Lake. With the help of alumni counselor, Joe Sullivan (aka Hardcore Joe) and his partner Katie, we were able to update and better mark the trail that winds up the southern side of Vampire Mountain.
“My history with FLC started in the summer of 2012. As a counselor I was introduced to the spirit of FLC as well as the beautiful wilderness that surrounds it. Returning to maintain this natural treasure was a gift. Katie and I worked for 3 days to revitalize the trails that are a part of FLC’s history. Our work included a lot of running up and down Vampire as we determined the best routes, as well as clearing of down trees and debris. Our days included getting lost several times in the woods, dozens of bug bites and some serious sun burns. But all in all we were pleased to contribute to the FLC camp experience, and we hope everyone has a chance to take a hike on these renewed camp trails.” – Hardcore Joe
At the top of Vampire, campers will find an old mirror leaning against a tree. As the tradition goes, campers will enjoy the satisfaction of using the mirror to reflect beams of light back at camp confirming their safe passage up Vampire Mountain. The same mirror sits atop Vampire now that was used generations ago.
The trail to Lost Lake still maintains its mystery but is no longer quite as “lost” as it once was. The trail is more visible, luring hikers to wander its winding path in hopes of finding the elusive Lost Lake. Bringing these trails back to life is a part of our effort to continue to revitalize our wilderness program at camp. Under the vision and efforts of many helping hands and outdoor enthusiasts, Forest Lake Camp will continue to connect its campers with the natural wonders that surround us all at camp.
If you have not seen camp from atop Vampire, it is a hike worth taking. If you have heard of Lost Lake but question its existence, we encourage you to take a hike with us this summer!