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Exploring Lost Lake, Oregon | Photo Diary & Guide

Last week my family and I went on a little getaway to Lost Lake. This was my first time there, and I absolutely loved it – everything was just as gorgeous as I had anticipated from pinterest photos. With the exception of a few other people and a bunch of chipmunks and birds, we had the entire lake and trails to ourselves!

If you adore the Pacific Northwest as much as I do, then this is somewhere you simply must visit. Here are four “little” reasons why:

1. Fantastic Lodgings

Lost lake has it all! No seriously, they really do! Sleeping choices comprise of lodge rooms, tent camping, yurts, and cabin rentals! All of these are well cared for, have gorgeous views, and are reasonably priced throughout the season (May – October). The cheapest time to stay, though, is in May as all of their accommodations are 50% off! So if you are looking for a good time to go with the lowest cost, that time is now! Here’s a little rundown of their pricing:

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  • Lodge rooms: There are 6 different lodge rooms and their rates range from $115 – $225 depending on the room and season.
  • Campsites: There are 148 different campsites (standard and lakeshore) which range from $27 – $30 plus an additional car or RV fee.
  • Organization Camping: Have a big group? No problem! There are 3 different group camping sections (that hold up to 15 people) which range in price from $85 – $185. Or you can rent all three areas for $335 – $435.
  • Yurts & Cabins: The yurts and cabins range in price from $65 – $205 per night. All of them have mattresses and are equipped with electricity, a cook stove, and utensils.  One even has a shower!

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We stayed in lodge room #1. It was a great room, and I cannot recommend it enough. I would, however, definitely like to stay in one of the cabins next year. I took a peak at #7 – it is so cute!

Whether you like roughing it or cannot imagine staying anywhere without a shower, Lost Lake Resort has you covered!

2. An Excellent General Store

Not gonna lie – I was genuinely surprised at how well-stocked the store is kept. In my experience, general stores way out in the mountains only carry the bare essentials, but Lost Lake’s store has so much more. On top of the usual items (like firewood, matches, first aid items and fishing tackle), this store is supplied with canned food, sandwich toppings, breakfast items, wine and cold beverages including lemonade and beer! If you forget your cooler, your vacation will not be ruined by going hungry. As well as the essentials, there are also puzzles, games, toys, and clothing. 😉

IMG_1279-for-the-web3. Great Hiking Trails

One of the biggest reasons why I loved Lost Lake is because of all of the hiking they have to offer. They have multiple trails, ranging from easy-diffucult; no matter how physically fit you are, there is a trail for you! Here’s a little rundown of a few of the hikes near the lake:

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  • Lakeshore Trail: an easy 3.2 mile nature walk around the lake perimeter. Most of the trail is smooth dirt or has a wooden bridge, so you should have no problem taking a stroller with big wheels.
  • Old Skyline Trail: a moderate 2.5 mile hike that is open to both hikers and mountain bikes. This trail connects the Lake Branch Cascades Trail, north of the lake, with Jones Creek Road.
  • Huckleberry Mountain Trail: a moderate 2.5 mile climb that  connects to the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Lost Lake Butte Trail: a difficult 2 mile hike that ascends 1400 hundred feet during its steep climb. This trail starts at the General store and takes you east. From the top, you can see Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, and occasional views of Mt. St. Helens.

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My family and I had fun going on the Lakeshore trail a couple times. I loved how open the forest was – none of the trees had been taken over by moss, allowing it to be a very bright and cheerful place to wander. Not to mention, there was a gorgeous view of the lake from each of the picnic tables and benches along the trail and adorable chipmunks and birds to be seen.

4. Awesome Boating

Looking at the lake is a pleasure, but being on it is even better via any one of the many options Lost Lake Resort offers – rowboats, pedal boats, paddle boards, canoes, or kayaks (single & double)! All of these can be rented for $14 per hour or $75 per day. Life jackets are provided with each rental, and the dock is handicap accessible.

I went canoeing twice (another first for me – I usually kayak), and really enjoyed myself. The water was very smooth most of the time, but even when the wind picked up it wasn’t so strong as to make canoeing difficult. It just made for a great workout. Nothing beats being on the water.

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5. Fishing

This lake also affords fishing (a one-day permit per person). Though I didn’t try any fishing myself, I did talk to a couple people who had caught a few nice-sized fish. The resort stocks the lake with trout and steelhead, sells fishing licenses and bait, and provides pole rentals for $15 per day.

If you are comfortable with boating, then you will definitely enjoy fishing on the water; but, don’t forget that they have a handicap-accessible dock and plenty of nice clearings in the forest by the lake’s edge, both of which are great places for the whole family to relax and catch fish.

The Mount Hood National Forest never disappoints; so if you are looking for a fun little getaway, definitely check out Lost Lake Resort. You will love it here!

Do you like camping and hiking? What is your favorite place to go? Let me know in the comments!

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xo, mikéla

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Exploring Lost Lake, Oregon | Photo Diary & Guide

Last week my family and I went on a little getaway to Lost Lake. This was my first time there, and I absolutely loved it – everything was just as gorgeous as I had anticipated from pinterest photos. With the exception of a few other people and a bunch of chipmunks and birds, we had the entire lake and trails to ourselves!

If you adore the Pacific Northwest as much as I do, then this is somewhere you simply must visit. Here are four “little” reasons why:

1. Fantastic Lodgings

Lost lake has it all! No seriously, they really do! Sleeping choices comprise of lodge rooms, tent camping, yurts, and cabin rentals! All of these are well cared for, have gorgeous views, and are reasonably priced throughout the season (May – October). The cheapest time to stay, though, is in May as all of their accommodations are 50% off! So if you are looking for a good time to go with the lowest cost, that time is now! Here’s a little rundown of their pricing:

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  • Lodge rooms: There are 6 different lodge rooms and their rates range from $115 – $225 depending on the room and season.
  • Campsites: There are 148 different campsites (standard and lakeshore) which range from $27 – $30 plus an additional car or RV fee.
  • Organization Camping: Have a big group? No problem! There are 3 different group camping sections (that hold up to 15 people) which range in price from $85 – $185. Or you can rent all three areas for $335 – $435.
  • Yurts & Cabins: The yurts and cabins range in price from $65 – $205 per night. All of them have mattresses and are equipped with electricity, a cook stove, and utensils.  One even has a shower!

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We stayed in lodge room #1. It was a great room, and I cannot recommend it enough. I would, however, definitely like to stay in one of the cabins next year. I took a peak at #7 – it is so cute!

Whether you like roughing it or cannot imagine staying anywhere without a shower, Lost Lake Resort has you covered!

2. An Excellent General Store

Not gonna lie – I was genuinely surprised at how well-stocked the store is kept. In my experience, general stores way out in the mountains only carry the bare essentials, but Lost Lake’s store has so much more. On top of the usual items (like firewood, matches, first aid items and fishing tackle), this store is supplied with canned food, sandwich toppings, breakfast items, wine and cold beverages including lemonade and beer! If you forget your cooler, your vacation will not be ruined by going hungry. As well as the essentials, there are also puzzles, games, toys, and clothing. 😉

IMG_1279-for-the-web3. Great Hiking Trails

One of the biggest reasons why I loved Lost Lake is because of all of the hiking they have to offer. They have multiple trails, ranging from easy-diffucult; no matter how physically fit you are, there is a trail for you! Here’s a little rundown of a few of the hikes near the lake:

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  • Lakeshore Trail: an easy 3.2 mile nature walk around the lake perimeter. Most of the trail is smooth dirt or has a wooden bridge, so you should have no problem taking a stroller with big wheels.
  • Old Skyline Trail: a moderate 2.5 mile hike that is open to both hikers and mountain bikes. This trail connects the Lake Branch Cascades Trail, north of the lake, with Jones Creek Road.
  • Huckleberry Mountain Trail: a moderate 2.5 mile climb that  connects to the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Lost Lake Butte Trail: a difficult 2 mile hike that ascends 1400 hundred feet during its steep climb. This trail starts at the General store and takes you east. From the top, you can see Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, and occasional views of Mt. St. Helens.

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My family and I had fun going on the Lakeshore trail a couple times. I loved how open the forest was – none of the trees had been taken over by moss, allowing it to be a very bright and cheerful place to wander. Not to mention, there was a gorgeous view of the lake from each of the picnic tables and benches along the trail and adorable chipmunks and birds to be seen.

4. Awesome Boating

Looking at the lake is a pleasure, but being on it is even better via any one of the many options Lost Lake Resort offers – rowboats, pedal boats, paddle boards, canoes, or kayaks (single & double)! All of these can be rented for $14 per hour or $75 per day. Life jackets are provided with each rental, and the dock is handicap accessible.

I went canoeing twice (another first for me – I usually kayak), and really enjoyed myself. The water was very smooth most of the time, but even when the wind picked up it wasn’t so strong as to make canoeing difficult. It just made for a great workout. Nothing beats being on the water.

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5. Fishing

This lake also affords fishing (a one-day permit per person). Though I didn’t try any fishing myself, I did talk to a couple people who had caught a few nice-sized fish. The resort stocks the lake with trout and steelhead, sells fishing licenses and bait, and provides pole rentals for $15 per day.

If you are comfortable with boating, then you will definitely enjoy fishing on the water; but, don’t forget that they have a handicap-accessible dock and plenty of nice clearings in the forest by the lake’s edge, both of which are great places for the whole family to relax and catch fish.

The Mount Hood National Forest never disappoints; so if you are looking for a fun little getaway, definitely check out Lost Lake Resort. You will love it here!

Do you like camping and hiking? What is your favorite place to go? Let me know in the comments!

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xo, mikéla

P.S.

If you want to see more travel posts like this, you can follow me on facebook here 🙂

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  1. Amy Ann says:

    Wow, how beautiful! Perfect place for a getaway.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  2. Katie says:

    Looks like such a great getaway. Beautiful photos! Makes me want to go canoeing 🙂 – Katie – hauteallure.com

  3. Looks beautiful! Bet it was a lot of fun!

  4. Diana Maria says:

    I am so, so glad you posted this! I’ve always wanted to visit Oregon, and plan on doing so once I move out to Whistler next week, some time in the summer I hope! The lakes, the mountains, the forests- it all looks so dreamy and your photos are beautiful. All I want to do is explore the outdoors now, thank you for these lovely photos!

    http://mylovelierdays.com

  5. Adri says:

    I’ve never been to Oregon, but clearly I’m missing out! It looks so incredibly beautiful!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

  6. Beautiful photos! Lovely place for a getaway !

  7. Shannon says:

    Omg love your pictures and Lost Lake sounds amazing and dreamy! Love that picture of your little brother and his Davie Crockett hat!! Way too cute!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  8. laurajaneatelier says:

    IT is so pretty there!! I want to go
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  9. Tina says:

    I’m from the PNW and I’ve actually never been here! Totally going on my summer to do list!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  10. Trang Do says:

    Beautiful photos!! Love the place!
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  11. Aleksandra says:

    That looks just gorgeous!

  12. Pam says:

    this looks like the perfect getaway! looks very fun 😀
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  13. LOVE your photography in this post!! ☺
    Nati xx
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

  14. michjoseph says:

    Sounds like a fantastic location. Absolutely stunning. Great photos.

    Mich xx

  15. Rach says:

    Wow it looks beautiful there! So picturesque! I’m not a camping type of person, but I am always up for a good hiking trail!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  16. Ashley says:

    Gorgeous photos! What an amazing trip. 🙂

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com/

  17. The photography in this post is absolutely amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit Oregon, it’s so beautiful!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

  18. Mira says:

    Wow this place looks absolutely gorgeous! I am not much of a camping person but I really enjoy hiking and I love that they got so many different hikes there. I’d also love to explore this place by boat, this looks so good from your pictures! xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

  19. Deborah says:

    Getaways are the best! And wow, that lake is seriously gorgeous!! I fell for that photo with the snowy mountain on tha background. The activities sound quite fun, too. It seems like you had a lot of fun!
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

  20. I seriously want to try a yurt and I love the idea of a general store. It reminds me of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Is the Davy Crockett hat included? 😛

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Davelyn says:

      You’d love it; I stayed in one at Olallie Lake and it was a blast! The Davy Crockett hat was bought at the store, and yes – I used to watch some of that show too 🙂

  21. Oh wow, so beautiful! I am pinning for later, I definitely want to go to Oregon someday soon! 🙂 I love the picture of your brother in that hat! 🙂 We are planning some road trips for summer! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  22. wordsbykatie says:

    Your photos are so beautiful it is ridiculous! Your trip sounds absolutely amazing. You’re so lucky ^_^ I would absolutely love to visit!

    Katie | Words By Katie

  23. Visiting Oregon is on my must do list! The closest I’ve been is to Seattle and I absolutely fell in love with the western coast, so I cannot wait to finally get to see the Oregon coast. I love that photo of you taking photos! You look so cute. xo

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

  24. I am not a fan of camping however I love hiking, it is really relaxing and takes my mind away from daily stress! I keep seeing the photos of Lost Lake and adore the natural beauty. I haven’t been to the USA yet, when I do, I hope to get a chance to visit there as well 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

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