Finding Lost Lake Butte
I first visited Lost Lake when I was about 14. My family hiked partway around the lake and found camped along the shore in our four person Eureka tent. It is a fading memory of which I am fond. I have been back to the lake a few times in recent years. A flat trail circumnavigates the water in about three miles. Somehow I had never climbed Lost Lake Butte, directly east of the lake. I rectified that situation last Sunday. The two mile hike starts by meandering past the campground, then starts climbing in earnest. There is no flat section of the trail, but it is mostly moderate climbing, In two miles, the path gains 1400 feet. There are few views along the way as you climb through pleasant forest, but there are nice ones on top, mostly to the east and north. Even on a partly cloudy day, Mount Hood dominated the scene, but looking down the valley towards Hood River was also pretty. The trail is hardly bucket list worthy, but if you are visiting the area, try combining the hike with a kayaking trip, or simply camping at Lost Lake, or just hanging out at the little lodge.