Lost Lake Butte

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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Lost Lake Butte


  • Lost Lake Butte Trailhead.- Lost Lake Butte
  • The Lost Lake Butte Trail leads through a Douglas fir forest with plenty of rhododendrons.- Lost Lake Butte
  • The Lost Lake Butte Trail leads through a Douglas fir forest with plenty of rhododendrons.- Lost Lake Butte
  • Viewpoint with Mount Adams (12,281') in the distance.- Lost Lake Butte
  • View to the north from the trail to Lost Lake Butte.- Lost Lake Butte
  • Near the summit of Lost Lake Butte.- Lost Lake Butte
  • At the summit of Lost Lake Butte with a view of Mount Hood (11,249').- Lost Lake Butte
  • Mount Hood (11,249') from Lost Lake Butte.- Lost Lake Butte
  • - Lost Lake Butte
Overview + Weather
Mountain lake. Old-growth forest. Mountain views.
Crowded in the summer.
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,300.00 ft (396.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The hike to the top of Lost Lake Butte climbs at a moderate ascent, at times steeply, to gain 1,300 feet in just over 2 miles. The forest is filled with an understory of beargrass and rhododendrons. A member of the lily family, beargrass was long used by Native Americans to weave into baskets. Blooming only once every 5-7 years in late spring and early summer, each plant can reach 5 feet tall and boasts distinctive and large cream-colored blooms.

The last .75 miles of trail is a series of eight switchbacks. An old fire lookout that was destroyed in the 1960s is just below the summit. Stay to the right and continue on the trail as it proceeds through a thicket of trees and shrubs at the summit. An open area with large boulders provides a panoramic view of Mount Hood, with distant views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson and Mount Rainier. Lost Lake is below to the south, but trees at the summit block the view. Return the same way.

Optional trails: back at the campground, a boardwalk meanders for .75 miles through a grove of old-growth cedar. Interpretive signs along the trail provide ecology highlights. The trailhead is near the day use parking area, west of the campground loop road. The lakeshore trail loops the perimeter of Lost Lake for an easy 3.2 mile walk. An incredibly scenic mountain lake with outstanding views of Mount Hood, Lost Lake has a large, privately managed campground with a general store, non-motorized boat rentals, and several trails for hiking and exploring. Catch a spectacular view of Mount Hood from the north end of the lake.

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