Lost Lake Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
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Lost Lake Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Lodge, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

3 days ago

fun hike, cool lake and lots of wildlife.
we were charged at by a moose so bring bear spray

5 days ago

Great hike. Not too difficult, not too easy. Very steady incline all the way up, only had to stop once on the way to the top. I've read that there's some confusion as to where the turnoff to Lost Lake is, just look for a tree that's been cut and on top of the cut is a little rock cairn. Turn left there and it's about another 1/4 to 1/2 mile. I'll share a picture for reference.

8 days ago

Great trail conditions. Wildlife and campsite is great!

backpacking
21 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Took my eight year old boy on an overnight hike. Both of us did well. Trail was well maintained and beautiful.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike. Definitely going back to check out all the lakes. There was a lot of traffic!

1 month ago

great hike ♡ a little longer hike for a day hike but nice gradual incline so it's very enjoyable on the way up and down. the lake was stunning and peacful. I highly recommend it and will go again.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, runs along the river the whole time! Even got to see a moose! As stated earlier, poor trail markers. First 4 Miles were clear of snow, last mile still had a lot of snow on it, which made finding the turn off to the lake impossible. The view from the bridge was awesome!

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

Lost Lake is a great trail, although can be hard to find if you don't know what you're looking for. If you make it to the bridge that is approximately 5 miles in, you have gone TOO far. The lost lake trail is about 300 yards before the bridge on the left. It is not marked, but is pretty well defined. It is a short (10 minutes or less) hike upwards, and then you stumble upon the lake. If you are walking back from the bridge, the trail will be on your right. Lake fork trail is beautiful! And there is water along the way so you don't have to worry about pups getting too hot. It is an equine trail, however, so make note of that if horse poo bothers you.

For the more adventurous spirits, if you are looking at the bridge there is a trail that goes off to your LEFT. (there are also some nice campsites to the left). That trail to the left goes through dense forest, and is at times primitive and not well defined (fallen trees, trail disappears in places, etc.) when you make it through the forest you will reach a BIG boulder field - my pup could not make it up the boulder field. Keep right and keep low, and there is a trail on the other side of the creek. Cairns will also direct you UP the boulder field directly, but this is a more difficult way. Stick to the right and follow the trail up the creek and eventually doing a boulder field scramble. This leads to Black Canyon Lake - a hidden gem!

Love the Red Lodge area.

Beautiful forested trail running by the creek. Well shaded. Gentle climb. Good access to water the whole way for dogs. Went on a Saturday and started at 10 am- saw 20 people the way out and at least twice that coming back but still had trail to ourselves most the hike. Beautiful lake at the end. We went to Lost Lake- our trackers have us at 11 miles round trip.

hiking
11 months ago

Great senior citizen warm up hike! Awesome Montana scenery! Hiked out/back to the Bridge, approx 10 miles - no Lost Lake sign in sight! Would be nice to have at least minimal signage!

hiking
11 months ago

Disregard my previous post. I'm looking at a satellite image and can see that there is apparently a spur that runs south off the main trail to Lost Lake sometime well before you get to the bridge. I think I may have seen this trail but there was no sign.

hiking
11 months ago

I enjoyed the hike but found the trail a bit confusing. As you push west along the creek you come to a bridge at about the 5-mile mark. I crossed the bridge and headed up the ridge for about 20-30min then came to a Y in the trail which was signed leading you further along the same ridge or dropping down to Keyser Brown Lake. Where was Lost Lake ? Other than this issue, I enjoyed the hike although it ended up at just over 12-miles. Any help/advice is appreciated !

fishing
11 months ago

not too bad for a novice hiker! the fish in Lost lake were extremely tight lipped...all I wanted was one grayling... although I didn't hike it at a very good time for fishing! Make sure to stop at Broadwater for brookies.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Beautiful, gentle grade. Lots of places for our dog to get wet. Pack for changing weather conditions.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Glad I went early. By the time I was going out at 10-12, there were dozens coming in, and the parking lot was literally full. Particularly enjoyed seeing so much of the cascading Lake Fork River as its descended along side of the trail.

backpacking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beautiful and steady climb from the trailhead to Lost Lake. There are several side trips worth the visit like Silver Run Falls. (It's about a mile in on the left up the slope. You can climb in behind the waterfall-see pics.) Also Broadwater Lake (it's actually just a wide spot in Rock Creek) is a great stopping point as well. Lost Lake does get a bit of traffic and evidence of campers is noticeable. Please practice leaving no trace.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

One of my favorite. Easy, gradual hike, but nice distance and Lake view is worth it!

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