Lost Lake Horse Camp is a nice, secluded camp that provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail north of Mt. Hood. Lost Lake is beautiful, and the nearby trails provide breathtaking views of Mt. Hood. Give this horse camp a try. You’ll enjoy the peace and quiet by night and the remarkable trails by day.
From the horse camp you can do a short but delightful ride to the summit of Lost Lake Butte, a cinder cone with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier. Wow!
You can take the Huckleberry Trail to the PCT and ride north to Buck Peak or, if you’re up for a longer-distance ride, you can ride to Indian Springs.
You can follow the PCT south past Sentinel Peak and Hiyu Mountain to Lolo Pass. This trail traverses several steep side slopes, but it offers great views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.
Lost Lake has six sites with two-, three-, or four-horse corrals. All sites have room for one vehicle. The camp has a toilet, garbage cans, a manure bin, and drinking water from spigots next to every other campsite. The camp is open summer through fall. There is a fee for overnight camping.
Getting To Lost Lake Horse Camp: From Portland, drive east on I-84 to Hood River and take Exit 64. Head south on Hwy. 35. After 5.4 miles turn right on Ehrck Hill Dr. and follow it 1.8 miles, turn right on Summit Dr. and continue 1.8 miles, then turn left onto the Dee/Hood River Hwy. Follow it 4.2 miles and turn right on Lost Lake Road, then continue 14 miles to Lost Lake. The road is paved all the way to the horse camp. Alternatively, you can take Hwy. 26 east from Portland to Zigzag and drive over Lolo Pass on the gravel Lolo Pass Road, then turn left on Lost Lake Rd. and continue 7 miles to the lake.
More Information: Lost Lake Horse Camp is covered in the Lost Lake Horse Camp chapter of Riding Northwest Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, (Ponderosa Press, 2013.)