Directions: Take I-84 East to Hood River (exit 62) and take a right. Take another right at 13th and follow signs to Odell and Dee. Then follow signs to Lost Lake.
To start this hike follow the signs for the store/lodge and pass by the boat dock to a parking area. Start at a set of stairs that lead down to a dirt trail. Make sure you take a second to take in some of the great views of Mt. Hood and the lake, it’s one of the best views on the whole hike. We did this hike clockwise so head left and you’ll soon come to a bridge with views of the dock and river.
Once you’ve passed the the dock you’ll be heading down the East side of the lake. The trail is mostly boardwalk on this side of the lake as you pass through the trees with the lake always visible. There are many short trails that take you to more open areas with better views of the lake, they are definitely worth the extra steps. As you make your way around to the South end of the lake you’ll enter a more marshy area filled with Skunk Cabbage.
The West side of the lake is a lot more open and the trail is dirt with rocky areas. You get a lot better views of the lake but there isn’t much shoreline to sit and relax. After passing a few slide areas you’ll head back towards the North end and come to more boardwalk. The North side is a little more heavily wooded but it offers the best views of Mt. Hood. There are many side trails that take you down to the edge of the lake and some areas even have picnic tables. We recommend this area for lunch or relaxing. Once you’re ready to head home, just take the stairs back up to your car. All of the trails are very well maintained and easily graded.
You can rent boats, canoes, paddle boats, and kayaks. There are also lots of camping sites and cabins. The little store has food and drinks, fishing supplies, and a gift section.
Distance: 3.5 miles
Elevation: 25 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: $8 entrance fee
Seasons: Late spring to early fall. Call ahead to check for seasonal road closures.
Popular: Yes on weekends
Overall: Great lake hike and you can’t beat the view!