July: Burnt Lake Trail to Burnt Lake

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I’ve posted about Burnt Lake Trail before. Only, I had forgotten.

I’ve been really focused on my job these days, and, as a result, have not gone on many hikes yet this year. I was aiming to choose a hike I’d never done before, and one near Mt Hood, because this is the best time to access high-elevation trailheads that might be covered in snow most other months of the year.

So, I thought, “Aha! Burnt Lake sounds great! Definitely haven’t done this one before!” And, on Wednesday 16 July 2014, as soon as I reached the access road, I began to sense very strongly the familiarity of the region and that sneaking feeling that I had hiked this trail before.

As soon as I reached the trailhead, it was obvious this trail was not new to me. However, it sounded great to do again, and I kept to my conviction of doing this hike.

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It’s a beautiful trail, with a shady forest the whole way along. Great for a hot day (which it was). The only disappointment was the bugs buzzing around.

An excellent feature was the wildflowers (always a focus for me, I know).

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Burnt Lake is a small, peaceful lake (on a weekday). There were no ducks.

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It’s a very clear lake, with fish and crawdads (I think that’s who’s in the second photo here).

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The sky was very blue today.

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More wildlife:

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A nice view of Mt. Hood:

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My favorite fern, Maidenhair fern.

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Devil’s club has pokey thorns all over. Be careful!

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Forest shots:

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An old snag, with a new sapling growing inside.

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I believe this is Lost Creek Falls, yet another majestically beautiful waterfall in the Pacific Northwest. Oh, how they capture my heart.

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Two things to beware of for this hike: (1.) the access road has car-eating potholes; (2.) there are multiple, fairly easy, stream crossings. I did not get my feet wet.

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Finally, I went on a decently-sized hike this summer. I’m so happy to be able to go on one hike. It inspired me to plan for another hike shortly after! Post and pictures soon to come!

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