Lost Lake Butte Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hood River, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.7 miElevation gain1,292 ftRoute typeOut & back
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FIRE CLOSURE: From Sep 25, 2020 - May 15, 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices/?aid=62187

Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

Directions from Hood River: Travel south on Highway 35 for approximately 14 miles to Woodworth Road (one mile north of the community of Mount Hood - watch for winery sign). Follow Woodworth Road three miles west to Dee Highway 281. Follow 281 north for approximately five miles to the Dee Hardboard Plant. Make a sharp left turn, cross the bridge and stay left. Follow the signs to Lost Lake. The trail begins in the campground near the first road junction but its better to park where the trail crosses Road 1340. Lost Lake Resort and Campground is open from May 1 - October 13.

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Chris Schaus
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Brooklynn Smolin
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Alyssa White
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Enjoyable hike, got my heart pumping, but it was a lot of work for just a little pay off in terms of views. It is shaded almost the entire way, which is nice

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Melanie Summers
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Closed today due to fires.

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Alison Dopp
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Beautiful lookout. Wooded climb to the top. Good for a workout. Not heavily trafficked. A full climb on the way up without much relief.

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Boris Gurman
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Space Lion
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HikingGreat!

Moderately challenging difficulty in terms of incline but it's <2 miles up so nothing too bad. Never gets particularly treacherous at any point. The scenery along the way is pleasant with some small glimpses here and there of the spectacular view that's to come. The very end of the trail is one of the best mountain vistas I've seen, it was breathtaking in its beauty on a totally clear August morning. I only ran into 4 or 5 people on the way up (I set out Tuesday morning at 9am) and had the top to myself for 30 minutes while I meditated and soaked it all in. Focused my attention during meditation on the awe inspiring presence of Mt. Hood. If you're visiting Lost Lake, this trail to me is a must.

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L S
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Lovely shorter hike, just under 4 miles out & back. Its all uphill to the top, with outstanding views of Mt Hood and the surrounding valley/hills. Very shady hike overall. Took us about 3 hours total with a good half hour lunch break at the top, and walking down to the lake at the very end. I'd say this is an easy-moderate hike. As this is in the Lost Lakes resort area, if you want to use their parking lot its $9 day fee, but you can park a little ways back from the gate and walk in free.

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Joshua Smith
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Mark Seigworth
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Nice view at the top. The trail up is a little too homogeneous for me. The trail is well maintained.

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Andrew Kaylor
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Amazing view of Mt Hood and the surrounding area at the top but there are trees in the way of looking down at the lake. We hiked this on a Sunday afternoon (7/26/20) and there were very few people on the trail despite large crowds on/near the lake. The top lookout area is fairly small so it would get crowded if there were more than 10 people up there at a time. My GPS has exactly 3.7 miles and was very close on the elevation gain so it is very accurate there.

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Tracey Kearns
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HikingBugsFee

Started at 0800 and saw very few people.

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Nancy Lankford
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Lost Lake Butte trail a little over 4 mikes RT from the store. In your face, well worth it views of Hood & Adams. Go early. Then 3.2 lakeshore trail - stroll hike . Gorgeous views & Old Growth. I forgot again to restart recording but total day was 8.4? with both trails & back & forth in parking lot

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Michael Danzow
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Chose this hike because of the views of Mt. Hood. The views are breathtaking. Keep in mind, this trailhead in in Lost Lake Campground, and there is a lot of activity here so arriving early is a must. There are two different sections to park at. The hike is all uphill, and the first half is most difficult because of rocks and tree roots. Then trail smooths out, just switchbacking up the hill. The view presented is spectacular. There is not a lot of room at top for large groups, so if you want a few minutes at the top by yourself, go early. There is lots of activities to do at the lake also, and a trail that goes around the lake.

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Sarah Summers
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HikingBugs

An amazing hike with an even more amazing view. Hike was all up hill but totally worth it. Our favorite hike so far in our Washington and Oregon trip.

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Joel Van Valkenburgh
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Lindsey Z
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Well kept trail with a spectacular view of Mt. Hood at the top. Gradual elevation gain so it wasn't too difficult. The viewpoint area is small so only a couple groups can comfortably spend time there. I started on Road 1340. There's a small parking lot close to where the trail picks up.

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Erin Rowland
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Very well maintained trail! I do suggest going early in the day as it gets really busy especially on the weekend! The trail is wide enough to maintain 6ft when passing people at most points. Shady the whole way! A very steady incline from top to bottom but very doable! The view at the top is so worth it but the top area is very small so when it’s busy there’s not a lot of room. Be mindful about staying away from each other and I suggest bringing a mask for passing people and when at the top. Amazing way to spend a few hours!

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Katelyn B
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Great trail with breathtaking views. The staff at the park are very helpful in pointing out the trailhead and providing maps. Steady climb, a good workout, and a great payoff.

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Patrick Parker
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Great trail, great views. Also some awesome flowers along the way!

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Lane Lewis
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Pretty steady uphill, but worth it for the view. Read prior comments for directions to the trail head.

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J Penske
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The trailhead is marked, but the sign was a little confusing to find. After passing the welcome center booth you’ll arrive at a stop sign near the general store and lodge (you’ll also see a sign in front of you with arrows pointing to the left for the amphitheater and to the right for the lodge and general store). When stopped at that stop sign look to your left and you’ll see the trailhead marked with a large brown wooden sign. There are also maps posted around the park and you can get paper maps, information and directions at the visitors center if the booth is open when you arrive. Park at the general store if there’s space. We parked along the road and walked in. Nice trail, well maintained, moderately steep for the first mile or so, then a bit easier to the top. The trail is slightly rocky in places. The view is absolutely worth it! We were there on the 4th of July and only saw 5-6 other hikers along the trail. Only saw 2 other hikers at the top for the hour we were there despite the fact that the lake itself was packed with people, the parking lots were full, and the campground was sold out.

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Sarah Claxton
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Trailhead isn't marked, but it's near the entrance of lost lake resort with some parking available. if you're staying at the campground, you can easily access the trail from the campground itself. The trail is a gradual incline, well maintained with a stunning view of mt. hood as your reward at the top. Native rhododendrons were in bloom mid June and it made the trail so pretty!

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Madison Brindle
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Great trail with a great view of Mt. Hood at the top. The trail was shaded the whole time, which was helpful because today it got to almost 90 degrees. I did not think the trailhead was easy to find. Looked for about 30 minutes and then ended up taking the suggestion of another review and starting on the Skyview trail which meets up with the Lost Lake Butte trail pretty quickly.

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Ana Mata Jacobo
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HikingBugs

Great hike, definitely a good leg workout!

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Yasir LD1
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Solid uphill hike that I view as a good training hike for a leg day substitute. Great view at the top if the clouds don’t blow through!

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Leah Brooks
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Great hike. Easy to find. Only 3 other people seen on the trail and had the top to ourselves for the whole time we hung out up there.

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