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Lost Lake Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Footbridge along the Lakeshore Trail (Tom Kloster)
Trailhead sign for the Lost Lake Loop hike (Jeff Statt)
Evening reflection at Lost Lake (Tom Kloster)


Hikes starting here


Lost Lake has been a popular tourist destination for over a century, offering hiking, boating and fishing in one of the most photographed spots in the world. The area is understandably busy, and an $8 fee is required to park here (Northwest Forest Pass not accepted). There are several restrooms, a general store and overnight lodging, in addition to a public campground and picnicking - so visitors have many options for exploring the area. Hikes from the trailhead range from the easy Lost Lake Loop Hike to the somewhat more strenuous climb up the Lost Lake Butte Hike, and finally, the very strenuous Buck Peak Hike.

This trailhead page actually represents various locations throughout the Lost Lake Resort area, since there are a bunch of trails through the campgrounds and various natural places to start and stop your hikes. See this campground map furnished by the Lost Lake Resort to get a better idea of what the network of trails looks like. This map is furnished by request at the camp store: Map and Directions

Driving Directions

To reach the trailhead, drive east of Portland on I-84 to Exit 62 in Hood River. Head right, following the Highway 30 business route for one mile before turning right on 13th Street. Follow signs to Odell through several dogleg turns before reaching a bridge over the West Fork of the Hood River. From here, head right again, passing Tucker Park, then continuing six miles to the abandoned lumber mill at Dee. Veer right again, cross the Middle Fork of the Hood River, then follow signs for 14 miles to Lost Lake.

The $8 entrance fee is payable at the entry kiosk. From there, follow signs to “day use area”, and turn right at the second junction to roadside parking near the small camp store. A second parking area is located across the outlet stream, past the store.

If you want to avoid the fee, park on the road before the entrance gate and walk about a mile in to the resort.

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Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

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