Pets allowed
Trail type
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
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The main attraction of this easy hike is the up-close and dynamic view of Mount Hood across Lost Lake to the southeast.  The old-growth forest of Douglas fir, mountain hemlock and western red cedar that circles the shoreline of the lake is also a feature, and the noble firs along the southeastern shoreline are unusually large.  To see some of these trees, head off of the Shoreline Trail and onto the Old-Growth Interpretive Trail that weaves in and out of the Lost Lake Campground.  Below the tree-top canopy you’ll find a lush forest full of vine maple, dull Oregon grape, vanilla leaf, deer fern and oval-leaved blueberries.  If you are in the mood for a more challenging hike, take the 3.8-mile, there-and-back trail up to Lost Lake Butte, a 1,300-foot elevation gain.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Fantastic views. Old-growth forest.


Crowds in summer.


Big vistas
Old-growth forest


Nearby Adventures

Mount Hood National Forest
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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


Here are a few more shots from the Lost Lake shore trail when the sun is shining!
I'd lived near here my whole life and hadn't been to Lost Lake. Finally made it and wondered why it took me so long, so beautiful. My husband and I did the loop hike counter clockwise from the main campground area.
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