Lost Lake Trail

MODERATE 16 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.

DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
11 days 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
17 days ago

19 days ago

hiking
26 days 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
27 days 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
27 days 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 !

fly fishing
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

3 months ago

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