The trail to Gamlin Lake winds through an open forest with little underbrush.
Walking sticks left by other hikers usually lean against the wildlife sign in the parking lot.
The trail eventually passes through a meadow overlooking the lake where an old homestead, barely noticeable and decaying into the earth, is swallowed by thorn bushes. Less organic remnants like this pickup prick at the imagination.
Gamlin is one of dozens of small, accessible lakes in the northern Panhandle.
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