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 JM on 6/22/2004
Beautiful hike and it takes a while to get there from Zigzag (30 miles)! I'd recommend starting the hike on the Northeast end of Lost Lake and saving the Mt. Hood view for the end. There's a nice cabin with a dock 3/4 of the way around the lake ... check the dock out ... very nice. There were some marshy, wet areas in mid-June. Very easy for every one (one or two rugged spots).
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