If you’re looking for a PNW escape where you can do all the things — like kayak, canoe, SUP, fish, hike, bird watch, stargaze, swim, go on scenic drives, and camp, Lost Lake, nestled in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest, is the perfect getaway. Measuring at 175 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler looking for your next adventure, or newer to camping and wanting to introduce your family to the magic of the outdoors, this lake offers something for everyone. Plus, being able to see Mount Hood’s stunning northwest face makes the views from Lost Lake incredible serene and special. In fact, the view from the north lake shore has been featured on all sorts of souvenirs like calendars, postcards, and t-shirts.
Lost Lake Loop is an easy 3.2 mile loop hike that is great for families with children of all ages to explore since it has a 0 feet elevation gain.
Buck Peak Hike is a 15.8 mile out-and-back moderate hike with an elevation gain of 2500 feet that begins at Lost Lake Loop; at the summit, you can see Mount Jefferson, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, and Lost Lake
Lost Lake Butte Hike is a 4.6 mile out-and-back moderate hike with an elevation gain of 1,270 feet and a high point of 4,468 feet; it’s family friendly, but recommended for older kids.
When it comes to camping near the lake, whether it’s with your better half, family, a few friends, or large groups, check out Lost Lake Resort and Campground, which is between Lost Lake and Mount Hood — known as one of the most beautiful and popular campgrounds in Oregon.
Lost Lake Resort
With tent and RV (up to 40’) options that include a picnic table and fire pit, along with lodge rooms and dreamy A-frames cabins and yurts available, Lost Lake Resort has options for everyone’s comfort (you can even bring your horse, as they have equestrian nonelectric sites available with horse stalls/corrals).
On-site, there are 148 campsites, pit toilets, showers, a public boat launch (located at the South day use area), a fishing dock — that’s handicap accessible, miles of trails for hiking and biking (including 2 miles of handicap trails), RV dumps, a fully-stocked store, the Lost Lake Grille, and more. In addition to those amenities, there are tons of rentals through the resort store, including — fishing poles, historic red and white rowboats, canoes, clear bottom boats, kayaks (single & double), stand up paddle boards, pedal boats, life vests, and even tent rentals.
Things to note:
Camping reservations tend to book up, so plan your trip in advance. (You can book up to six months out)
This campground has a 3-night minimum on weekends and holidays
Pets are allowed, on leashes up to 6’.
Day use entrance fee is $9 (helps a non-profit organization maintain the old lodge, cabins, and make improvements along the lake).
Boats with motors are prohibited on the lake.
Summarized via Lost Lake Resort, recreation.gov, Oregon Hikers