3.4 mi. w/100' or 7.2 mi. w/1300' elevation change.
We'll do the 3.4 mi. trail around 3200' Lost Lake. For those wanting more of a workout, we'll add another 3.8 mi. w/ 1300' elevation change up Lost Lake Butte--7.2 miles total round trip. Children, accompanied by an adult, are especially welcome on the first part of this trip.
Photographers praise Lost Lake's unrivaled vistas, birdwatchers flock to see riparian and high elevation birds, and natural history-lovers bask in old-growth forests and abundant wildflowers. The Lost Lake area is home to critters that depend on old-growth forests, like cavity-nesting birds and mammals like pine martens and native bats. High elevation and diverse habitats provide both excellent wildlife habitat and wildlife viewing opportunities. Hope to see something special, but count on seeing Townsend's chipmunks, Douglas squirrels, gray jays and Stellar's jays as these critters frequent the picnic area we pass through. We'll also see huge-leaved skunk cabbage--hopefully in bloom! Maybe we'll even see cut leaf bugbane leafing out--though we may have to return later in the summer for the flower of this rare endemic.
We'll start the hike from Campground Loop B so that those of us continuing to Lost Lake Butte will be at our trailhead as we end our first loop. While the easy group eats ice cream at the general store and/or watches wildlife at the lake, we'll climb through woods thick with rhododendrons and beargrass to a huge view of Mt. Hood to the south and Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier to the north with the Columbia River Plateau far to the east.
Distance to the trailhead is 73 or 83 miles one way, depending upon which way we choose to go. Parking will cost $7.00 per car. Bring Northwest Forest Pass, Senior Pass, Interagency Annual Pass, but expect to pay something as this area is privately managed.
As is common on my hikes, share your knowledge of local natural or cultural history--so do some homework--e.g., tell us about how Lost Lake got its name or efforts to put the area into wilderness. I'll share mine too, so this trip will go at a moderate pace with stops for interpretation and photos.
Dogs are not allowed--except for service dogs. PLEASE READ About Mary's Trips in this Meetup's Files under "More" BEFORE you sign up. Call Mary at[masked] (land line) with questions. Do NOT email if you have a burning question.
Dress in quick-drying layers--no jeans or other cotton. Bring lunch, water, rain gear, and the
Updated Ten Essential "Systems"
- Navigation (map and compass)
- Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
- First-aid supplies
- Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
- Repair kit and tools
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency shelter
for safe hiking. Consider bringing poles for Lost Butte and binoculars for bird-watching. Suggested $15 each for drivers, $2-3 voluntary donation for Sierra Club's Leader Training program and money for an optional stop on the way home.