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Lost Lake Butte Trail

MODERATE 127 reviews
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Lost Lake Butte Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,292 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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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rocky
2 months ago

Lost Lake CG is closed for the season, but you can still park near the main gate and walk down to the lake, or take any of the campground trails. The TH for Lost Lake Butte is clearly marked. It's very rocky and root-y for most of the way, but not terrible. Just watch your step. Took about 50 minutes to get to the top, and about 40 minutes to come down. The views at the top were fabulous. It was a clear and warm (50-something) day. Saw about 10 folks on the trail; there were about 30 cars near the CG gate. Lots of families walking the lake trails. Excellent hike!

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rocky
2 months ago

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Saw Mt. Hood on a clear day. I found a little snow on the trail in one spot only. I recommend poles for the hike down as there are lots of rocks and roots to step down.

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snow
3 months ago

Went up 9/29 and it was snowing for the last .75 miles of the drive. Roads had a nice little coat to them. Trail for the most part was covered in snow, but still a very nice trail. Quick little workout, but not too tough. The views at the top would’ve been beautiful, but it was dark, covered with clouds, and snowing. On a clear day though, would recommend.

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4 months ago

9/21 The view of Mount Hood at the top was incredible! It was steep with lots of roots and rocks most of the way up, so I'd recommend sturdy shoes and/or poles. One of the best hikes I've done in Oregon. Perfect for a clear day.

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

Nice hike although the first 1.5 miles is rocky with roots but not too bad. The view is nice although Mt. Good was obscured by clouds the day we hiked up.

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5 months ago

Great view at the top is worth the climb. The top half of the trail is quite pleasant as the bottom half is rock strewn and tree roots. Keep powering through to enjoy the hike’s main reward. Left at 3:00 pm and didn’t pass a single person up or down. That’s a big plus!

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5 months ago

Parked at the intersection just before the campground kiosk. No fee to park there. Took the Old Skyline trail to the Lost Lake Butte trail. The mileage is about the same as starting at the day use area in the campground. Very nice hike with a great view of Mt. Hood.

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5 months ago

Nice hike. Fast and easy

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bugs
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Last third up is easier that the preceding two thirds, but I didn’t notice that until I was on my way down. Nice views. A bit of wind would have cleared out the bugs at the top.

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6 months ago

It was too beautiful!! The view was just amazing

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6 months ago

Came here on a very overcast day yesterday. It’s a really short and sweet hike. I was booking it and it took me an hour on the dot to get to the top. If it is a clear day you will really enjoy the top. Pretty steady up hill but nothing you can’t handle if you have hiked before. As said before this camp ground at Lost Lake is privately owned so there is a $9 day use fee. Make sure you bring cash. Would recommend to anyone.

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bugs
rocky
6 months ago

Good hike, steep at times going uphill. A lot of up hill. But worth it for the view at the top.

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rocky
7 months ago

Steady incline through the forest until you reach the top. Great views of Hood with distant views of Adams and Jefferson. Only 4 other people on trail.

recorded Lost Lake Butte Trail

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rocky
7 months ago

Nice, mellow and easy hike with gradual climb. Very well maintained trail just off Lost Lake campgrounds. Needed a shorter hike with nice views on a sunny day. On a clear day you get stunning views of Hood, Adams and Jefferson peaking up in the distance. Remember there is a $9 day use fee. Your forest passes don’t work here as it is privately managed.

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over grown
rocky
7 months ago

Beautiful views at the top. Challenging, but too hard.

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7 months ago

It takes about an hour to the top. I would call it a moderately hard hike. Definitely worth the effort! There are about 4 large fallen tree trunks lying in your way but you can climb through. The path is rocky and there are thick roots so watch your feet! Coming down takes about 35-40 mins depending on your pace.

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snow
8 months ago

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snow
8 months ago

Hiked 05/04/2019. Almost the entire trail is covered by snow but able to be hiked. Micro spikes would be ideal on switchbacks near the top but def not required. Don’t be discouraged that the trailhead is 3 feet below snow-just follow the previous footsteps through the snow and you will be fine. Only saw one other group on the trail and the views are pretty epic of mt hood.

9 months ago

Beautiful and not highly trafficked if done early.

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9 months ago

Easy hike. Became overly crowded by mid afternoon.

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Mon Nov 19 2018

Hiked on 11/18. Gate closed so u have to hike half mile to TH. No bathrooms, no parking fee. Took trip around the lake first which was quite serene. No sun, no views but lots of cool mushrooms, unusual tree roots

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Mon Aug 06 2018

Nice hike with a beautiful view of Mt Hood. Quite a bit of elevation gain, but much of the trail is pretty gradual. Took us a little under 2 hours round trip.

Sun Aug 05 2018

Pretty solid hike overall. It took me 45 minutes to get to the top. I would say I am in good shape, but not some elite athlete.

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Tue Jul 24 2018

A nice walk to a very cool view of Mount Hood. Nicely maintained trail, but took a bit to find the actual trailhead. Steady climb to the top, which is worth it. Beautiful forest with lots of shade. Passed a few people but the trail wasn’t crowded. Check it out if you can!

Tue Jul 17 2018

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