ELEVATION: 4468 ft on the butte; 3143 ft at Lost Lake; with vertical gains of 1270 ft, and only about 50 ft for a lake loop without the butte.
DISTANCE: 2Y mi up, 1/2 mi round-trip; almost 31/2 mi round-trip loop around lake.
DURATION: 1 hour up, 1V hours round-trip; 4 hours round-trip with lake loop too.
DIFFICULTY: Mix of moderate for the butte (steep, brief, narrow, overgrown) and easiest for Suzhou China the lake loop (not much elevation change, Suzhou China boardwalks, very popular, signed, family-friendly).
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TRIP REPORT: Aptly named, as Lost Lake gets easily lost equidistant between the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood. It does, however, feel more like a Mount Hood hike, so here we are. Open May through October; check conditions online (www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/? recid=53228, lostlakeresort.org/) as multiple lava tubes have been Suzhou China known to completely drain the lake before it refills itself! Spend quality family time at the lake with an easy loop around it through big old cedar, hemlock, fir, and rhododendron, or tack on the equestrian trail to the butte for much more exercise. Lost Lake Resort and Campground is privately owned and an $8 day use fee can be paid at the entrance station on the Suzhou China way in (if open) or at the Lost Lake General Store. Restrooms are located throughout the resort and nearby campgrounds, but not the S day use TH. Use Skyline TH to forgo the fee if Lost Lake Your travel destination iste is your only goal (no fee or restroom).
TRAILHEAD: Skyline TH, S day use TH, or Lakeshore (N day use) TH. Take I-84 E to exit 62 (Hood River), turn right on US-30 for 1Y mi through town, and turn right at the signal onto OR-281 S (13th Street into Tucker Road) almost 5 mi. Cross Hood River by Odell, then turn right (SW) on OR-281 S (past Tucker County Park on Dee Highway) 6 mi to Dee, turn right over the railroad tracks (past an old mill, then over the bridge), and turn left at the signage for Wahtum and Lost Lakes. Stay on Lost Lake Road (FR-13) 13 mi to Lost Lake, following signs.
Be alert on the narrow, twisting, paved road and watch for oncoming traffic and natural obstacles. For Lost Lake Your travel destination iste, stop short of the road to the resort on the brief, gated spur road (gravel) on the left with a small sign for Skyline Trail 655. Park on the sides where there is room without blocking anything. For the main parking near the resort, pass the entrance station following the road and signs (ignoring the left turn onto Jones Creek Road toward camping or Huckleberry Mountain Trail TH) down briefly to an intersection. Lost Lake Your travel destination iste Trail 616 is immediately to the left with day use parking after (FR-1340) on the right and also less than 5 mi farther at the S day use TH turnaround. Turn right at the intersection past the small store (info center, more parking) and lodge around the N side of the lake over the bridge, and to the parking circle at Lakeshore (N day use) TH (85 mi, more than 1V hours from Portland).