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Easy / Class A
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Lost Lake offers plenty of activities for those seeking some fresh mountain air.  It is a popular destination among hikers, campers, canoers, kayakers and anglers alike. The impressive view of Mount Hood’s western face is reason enough to visit!  If you are staying overnight, arrive early to secure one of the 125 first-come, first-served campsites that are clustered on the northeast side of the lake. If you are interested in a more comfortable stay, contact the Lost Lake Resort to reserve one of their seven cabins or a lodge room.

Anglers can fish for brook trout, brown trout, Kokanee salmon or rainbow trout. The lake and surrounding area are also home to crayfish, otter, beaver, blacktail deer, squirrels, chipmunks, black bear, cougar and bobcat. Flora in the area includes Douglas fir, mountain hemlock, cedar, white pine, red alder and huckleberry.

One of the best ways to experience the flora and fauna is to embark on the 3-mile Lost Lake Shoreline Trail that leads around the lake. This well maintained and relatively flat trail is easy and should take a little over an hour, unless you stop to picnic in the day-use area on the lake’s northwest side.  If you are feeling brazen, get the full lake experience by taking a chilly dip in the second-deepest lake in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


Incredible views of Mount Hood. Camping near the lake. Fishing.


No coves or inlets to explore.


Picnic tables

Site characteristics: Water


Portage required



Nearby Adventures

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon


Went for day use on a sunny summer day & luckily managed to rent a couple of the last kayaks! We had a great time on the water boating & swimming. If you aren't already staying there, make sure you arrive early because parking fills up and rentals might be gone by mid-day!
Single kayaks were $20/hour with 2 hour minimum.
Just got back from a two night stay. The hike up the butte trail is short, challenging, but worth every effort. Mt. Hood just kind of sneaks up on you and gets in your face really fast. Also had a great time paddling out on the lake, floating there looking at the mountain while having a beer.
Wonderful lake!!! Great for camping or overnighters in their cabins. 2 fairly easy hiking trails, a waterfall, and some great fishing in early Spring!
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