Dog lost at Hell Hole

From Facebook:

Dog lost at Hellhole Reservoir. Three of my fellow Jeeping buddies and I made our way up to the Hell Hole Res. trail this past weekend for the first time. Two 10-year old boys and my 5-year old Golden Retriever accompanied our trip. We camped towards the end of the trail (about 4 miles in) immediately next to the creek crossing. Sometime between 3:30 and 3:50pm, Murphy was “spooked” by some gunshots. This is very uncharacteristic as she is a hunting dog. Between the time we figured she was missing and the last time we saw her was no more than 20 minutes. She has always been very loyal and hesitant to run off or run away from her family. Earlier in the day, she went on a hike with the two boys, down to the creek in the middle of the dried-out portion of the lake. She also hiked behind the campsite and played in the creek. All without an indication or concern of a possible flee.

Description of Murphy:
She is a healthy 5-year old Golden Retriever. She has long, medium-brown fur and weighs about 60 pounds. She is wearing a brown leather collar with her name and my contact information riveted onto the collar. She was last seen about 3:30pm on Saturday October 6, 2012 at campsite on the Hell Hole Res. off-road trail. I left a trail of kibble from our campsite to the trail head. I also left her blanket and one of my t-shirts at the abandoned ranger station adjacent to the trail head. She is very friendly and affectionate. She is not known for this type of behavior which is making this situation very difficult for my family and especially me. I posted a few signs at the trail head and vacant ranger station. I spoke with one of the individuals who manages the water system at the reservoir and provided my information to him. I also left a few signs at the two gas stations in Foresthill.

If you could spread the word to the members who might be traveling the area during the coming days/weeks to be on the lookout, I would be extremely grateful. From my estimation, she could have made it to the Rubicon trail or she could still be in the vicinity of Hell Hole. I am unfamiliar with the area and don’t know where else she could be. Some have said she could show up in Squaw Valley or Tahoe City.

I can’t tell you how shocked we are by the situation and coming home without a member of our family.

Thank you again for your help.

I can be reached at (916) 717-8400 or at

Nathan Braun

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