Lost Lake  LbNA # 18836

OwnerLee & Nancy      
Placed DateOct 22 2005
CountySan Bernardino
LocationSan Bernardino, CA
Found By Phinneus Nostrum
Last Found Feb 14 2010
Hike Distance?

====== UPDATE 01/16/2010 =====
Both boxes alive and well.

Lost lake is actually a “sag pond” formed by spring water forced up through fissures along the San Andreas Fault. This area does require a $5 forestry wilderness permit.

Box #1 Lost Lake.
Take the Cleghorn exit and go 1.6 miles south (or take the Kenwood exit and go 4.4 miles north) on Old Route 66 (Cajon Blvd). Take the paved road (Swarthout Canyon Rd) for 1 mile, across the river and two sets of railroad tracks where it becomes dirt; and proceed another .25 miles to the second gated drive to the right and park near the restrooms. Walk up the small hill, down to the Lake, and left on the paths around the Lake. Just past the northwest end of the lake you will see a huge slightly burned Eucalyptus tree. From the back side of the tree go 16 steps southwest (200 degrees)in the direction of the nearest power pole, to the rocks just right of a couple small eucalyptus trees. Next go 20 steps southeast (150 degrees) towards next power pole to the left, until you come to a small line of rocks. The box is located under some rocks 6 feet to the right of the path (bit overgrown). Please re-hide well.

Box #2 Wildlife.
Go back to the big tree and double back on the trail (southeast) back toward the parking lot. The path wraps around two sides of a Eucalyptus tree. Proceed another 100 steps to a small dip and hill. As the path curves right and comes to a fork after about 30 steps. Go right and proceed another 38 steps. Here the path turns left back to the parking lot, but first stop and get the box 4 steps straight ahead under the rocks at the base of the bushes. This stamp image is of wildlife seen here, while scouting the area.

Additional Info.
The spring fed lake water can be seen flowing out of the ground on the other side of the lake and flows out of the southeast end of the lake. Thick brush makes travel to that side difficult. My PCT boxes are just three miles to the north.