Finding Mudflow Evidence in Lost Creek

Cupcake stump remnants amid the cool waters of Lost Creek

Cupcake stump remnants amid the cool waters of Lost Creek

On Sunday, I visited an elderly friend in my former hometown near Mount Hood.  We enjoyed a delectable meal at the Resort at the Mountain, which offers some of the finest restaurant views I’ve ever seen.  Some people sat out on the large patio.  Even inside, there is a view over the golf course towards massive forested ridges which define the green Salmon River valley.  Not bad.  After our meal, we drove to the Lost Creek Campground.  This is often less crowded than other campsites in the region, and it also offers a short nature trail with interpretive signs.   Part of the path is paved, although the massive firs and cedars in the area have buckled some of the pavement.

The so called beaver pond, where, ironically, the view is now towards many alders that would have pleased the beavers.

The so called beaver pond, where, ironically, the view is now towards many alders that would have pleased the beavers.

It was fascinating to once again realize the power of volcanic eruptions and how it shaped the landscape. Volcanic mudflows emanating from Mount Hood in the 18th century changed the floor of the area ecosystem and preserved stumps of old trees right in the creek bed.  What a wild world.  At the end of the path, we sat on a bench in front an old  beaver pond.  The beavers have vanished in recent years, ostensibly to find better trees to eat.  I hadn’t been to Lost Creek in at least four or five years.  It’s a gorgeous, peaceful place to spend an afternoon with an old friend.

About Josh Baker

"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir

Posted on June 24, 2014, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Outdoors, Waterways and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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