Running Rain Lake

Distance - 7.63km Elevation gain - 150m
1.5 hours (moving) each way

Running Rain Lake is a great spot in the Highwood that doesn't get a lot of traffic. The trail is short, but very enjoyable.
The first obstacle is to cross Storm Creek - the star of what will become the Highwood River.
We grab sandals and hike down the short steep slope from the road to cross.
The first crossing, and main channel is usually calf- to knee-deep in the fall, and you can either wade or take a log across.
A short walk through a grassy field (leave the sandals on) takes you to the second channel, which is broad and shallow (sometimes rock-hop-able).
There is one more small channel that's easy to step across, so after the low creek, we put on our hikers for the trip.

The slope down from the road to the creek.

The first crossing with optional log bridge.

The second crossing - this year demanding wet feet.

Crossing on the log bridge.

Other group members wade.

The group crosses the second creek.

After the creeks, we ascend a short steep dirt slope, and then a steady uphilll through mixed forest.
The forest has some open areas, but really spreads out near the lake with a good view.
The meadow around the lake is grassy with assorted shrubs and seriously wet ground.
The trail is intermittent, and all the ground is waterlogged - even in the fall.

The group breaks into the meadows.

Running Rain Lake ahead.

Hiking along the low water edge.

Someone has made a nice waterside seat.

Walking along the lakeshore.

Hiking to the end of the lake.

The trail around the lake.

Running Rain Lake from the far shore.

There's a great lunch spot halfway along the lake with some shade trees, and a narrow section of the lake.
A large avalanche must have come across the lake this winter, as all the trees were bent over.
From that point, there's a bit of a path around the back of the lake that hugs the shore along the gorgeous deep blue area.

The avalanche-crashed trees.

The lake with some larch.

Pano of the lake from the trail along the far shore.

The deep bluegreen lake at the far shore.

The mountain range reflected in the lake.

The far part of the lake.

Hiking back along the shore.

Trail through the forest on the way back.

A small creek crossing on the return.

Crossing the wide creek.

The group crosses the deep channel.

We make it back to the road at the end of the day.

Photos taken by Rachel

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