Lost Creek Lake - March 12, 2016
Coordinator, narration and pictures by Richard O'Neill

The weather had been pretty glum with dark gray days full of fat drops of rain. That would explain why only 4 other hikers decided to follow me on what promised to be a wet one. On the drive to the trailhead, all the wet stuff turned into a heavy snow storm and I don't think anyone saw that coming!. 

Lost Creek Lake was just under snow level and we set out on a muddy trail on the north side of the lake in a steady rain. Normally, the terrain here is fairly arid and dry but not today, there were creeks running where normally creeks do not run. We had to splash through puddles nearly large enough to rise to the status of "pond" and boots were soon wet. 

Needless to say, we had the lake nearly all to ourselves and shortly after we started the rain let up and it really wasn't anything a raincoat couldn't handle. Views of a large gray lake reflecting a wonderfully moody sky were enjoyed. After several miles of walking along the scenic lake, we took the side trip to Blue Grotto.

Blue Grotto is a rocky basin where Blue Creek tumbles over the blue green rocks of the grotto. However, add copious amounts of rain to the mix and the small creek becomes a raging waterfall when it makes the plunge. It was spectacular and worth hiking in the rain for. 

After a lakeside lunch, the rain resumed in earnest and we beat a not-so hasty retreat to the trailhead, enjoying the views of the lake all over again. On the way back, we returned to Roseburg by way of I-5, no sense driving in the snow on the Tiller-Trail Highway.


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