1st Trip: On January 23, 1999, Marc Ohms led Rene Rogers and Paul Burger to the boundary between the Historic and Colorado Grotto Zones where they discovered Phantom Lake.
Trip Report: We surveyed leads left from our last trip on the 1st (HO survey). We found low muddy passages with flood debris consisting of small pieces of wood and pine needles that led to a 20-foot high canyon with a large lake! Paul and I pushed beyond the lake which was up to our belly buttons- and cold!! Much passage beyond!! Paul found a set of footprints in the mud coming from a different direction from where we came from?? The lake was about 200-feet long, 10-feet wide, and up to 8-feet deep. We named this Phantom Lake after the mysterious footprints. In hindsight, we think the footprints may be Alvin McDonald's footprints and the lake "Wind River," which he talked about in his journal. Everybody always dismissed his Wind River as fiction. Because it is so long, I could see how it would look like a river to Alvin. We surveyed 500 feet.