Summary: This is an easy walk around a beautiful lake. There are some bogs and wet areas, but the trail accomodates them nicely with bridges and planked walkways that are well maintained. You can skip a rock, rest for a while and watch a fisherman - or just plain enjoy the beauty of it all. Around the Northwest side of the lake you will be surprised with gorgeous views of Mt. Hood looking accross the lake to the Southeast. There are some very minor rough areas here and there, but nothing the average person can't deal with. The Lost Lake campground is on the East side of the lake, and some campsites are right near the trail. Most of the trail on the East side is raised walkways, making uneven terrain perfectly flat. There are picnic tables on the Northwest corner of the lake in the Day Use area, and vault toilets in two locations. This walks makes for a nice afternoon out in the mountains with the whole family. Dave (7), Grace (11) and Sam (15) all give this one a big thumbs up.
Trailhead: There are two ways to get to Lost Lake from Portland. You can go out Hwy. 26 to Zigzag and turn norht on Lolo Pass Rd/FSR 18, or you can make a day of it and go out I-84 to Hood River, watch some activity on the river and have lunch, then head south on Hwy 35 or the Dee Highway to Lost Lake. You can then follow the directions back to Hwy. 26 and Portland after your hike, making a nice big loop. From Portland: take a left turn onto Lolo Pass Rd./FSR 18 and go 10.5 miles to FSR 1810. Go right and four mile later reconect with FSR 18. Follow to FSR 13 and follow to Lost Lake. From Portland, you will be on gravel raod part of the way. A day use fee is required. From Hood River follow the Dee Highway to Dee, folow signs onto Carson Rd and then Lost Lake Rd., then to onto FSR13;follow to 13 and got to Lost Lake. From Hood River, the way is all paved. There is a store and penty of parkingking, and you can pick up the loop trail in several places around the lake. (Lat:45.49658 Lon:-121.81838)
Trail Guides for Lost Lake Loop, NW of Mt. Hood North of Zigzag:
Pacific Northwest Hiking 1000 Hikes in OR and WA
by Ron C. Judd and Dan A. Nelsen (Avalon Travel Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Zigzag Ranger Station: (503) 622-3191
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Snyder, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Don C on 8/26/2007
Great hike if you have young ones. The trail is lined with berries and is well maintained. You can swim and fish on your way around. We came in from the Zigzag side and you do need a 4x4 with moderate clearance, otherwise you'll have to turn around at some nasty water bars/washouts. Worth the trip!
Reviewed by MJB on 7/29/2007
Great easy hike with great views of Mt. Hood. Swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, & cabins. I'm ready to go back! The Lolo Pass Road is one-way with parts unpaved.
Reviewed by Donovan Mattole on 10/15/2006
The kids and I (ages 4 and 13) decided to give mom a day at home without the kids and we drove up to hike around the lake. We were surprised at how long it took to get up there - prepare for 30 miles of very narrow switch backs after Zigzag - but it was a lot of fun once we arrived. We ended up renting a canoe ($10 for an hour) and canoed all over the lake. Mount Hood towers over the lake and it is beautiful. We ended up not hiking and while I'm sure the hike is breathtaking, the views from out on the lake are spectacular. There was almost no one else around (I think this is due to the drive) and it was so peaceful out on the water. The kids loved it. Highly recommend.
Reviewed by dsr on 10/10/2006
My wife and I did this on Oct 4th... Wonderfull no one was there on a top ten day..Still prefer hiking into small mountain lake,Re:twin lakes by frog lake..But it was a lot better hike than we expected...
Reviewed by KR on 10/9/2006
11/1/06 I was on a 10 day west coast swing and managed to walk a few trails. This was my first visit to Lost Lake. It was a beautiful October day. A few leaves had changed to their fall color which added to the lake's gorgeous surroundings. The view of Mount Hood was spectacular. The trail was well manintained. I will return to Lost Lake.
Reviewed by Sjcbulldog on 6/4/2006
Nice trail. We did this hike on a misty day so there were no people here at all. My six year old daughter did the loop trail around the lake so it is pretty easy. The direction given here are not real good, but once you hit the National Forest land the roads are not marked very well.
Reviewed by GLL on 10/17/2005
I took my two little girls (5 yrs & 11 Mo's.) on 10/16/05. On the whole it was a nice hike, we started out on the North side hoping to wind-up with a spectacular view of the mountain, unfortunately the clouds prevailed and the mountain remained shrouded. The trails were well taken care of, only one or two spots being bad enough to merit a complaint from my mud conscious 5 year old. The drive to the hike was as spectacular as the hike itself, FSR 18 to Lolo Pass takes you within view of the mountain's glaciers and some majestic valley expanses.
Reviewed by Anon on 6/10/2005
In late summer there were annoying, biting flies along the sunnier half of the trail, but the scenery is lush and beautiful, with meadows and forest and even a stretch of rocky slope covered in tiny alpine flowers. The trail itself is also in very good condition and very easy to walk. Enjoy!
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