The first Sunday of November was a dreary, drizzly day. It was time to get outdoors and enjoy a wonderful autumn hike. The thought of waterfalls, autumn leaves and one of the prettiest lakes in the Mt. Hood area was in my mind as I drove to the 2,700-foot Burnt Lake Trailhead.
After walking through a stile I followed the well-maintained trail along Burnt Creek for several miles before crossing the Creek. Huge burnt-out cedars left as reminders of a severe forest fire in the 1800s were scattered along the Trail.
In the next one-half mile I came to Lost Creek Falls, a series of four waterfalls in a small canyon. The Trail then gained 700 feet in the next mile as it ascended the steep headwall below the Lake. Soon I reached Burnt Lake.
The skies were the color of concrete and rain continued to fall. I found a dry spot near the lakeshore, took off the pack and enjoyed the beautiful setting. On a typical day Mt. Hood would have been clearly visible behind the Lake. But this day I had to use my imagination.
All in all the hike was 7.2 miles in length with 1,600 feet of elevation gain.