Lost Lake

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Elevation Gain1,772ft
Trailhead Elevation6,332ft
Elevation Min/Max6291/6891ft
Elevation Start/End6332/6332ft

Lost Lake

Lost Lake is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is three miles long and begins at 6,332 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,772 feet. The Roosevelt Lodge hotel can be seen along the trail. There are also an information board, parking, and a telephone along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Two Hour Horse Ride Trail.

Lost Lake Professional Reviews and Guides

"Lost Lake is a charming little mountain lake (only 6 acres) lost in the forest behind Roosevelt Lodge. The trail is in great shape the entire way. Two trails start behind the lodge. The trail on your left climbs 0.25 mile along the bubbling Lost Creek, nice and shady, up to a Lost Creek Falls viewpoint—a short side trip you won’t regret taking, so consider doing it before or after you visit Lost Lake. The trail on your right goes to Lost Lake.

Shortly after leaving the lodge, the trail crosses a bridge and then forks. Go left (southwest) and start climbing—mostly gradual with a few steep pitches at first—through unburned forest on switchbacks about 200 feet up to the top of the ridge. On top of the ridge, you reach a junction. The left trail goes east above Lost Creek Falls, and then you can either drop down to the Roosevelt Lodge Corrals or head over to Tower Fall Campground."

"Lost Creek Falls is a 40-foot waterfall in a steep, dark-walled box canyon behind the historic Roosevelt Lodge, a log structure built in 1 920 to commemorate a visit by President Theodore Roosevelt. The short path leads up the canyon through subalpine fir between moss-covered walls to the base of the falls. Another trail from the lodge leads to the brink of Lost Creek Falls and an overlook at the top of the falls. This route also connects to Lost Lake, which sits in a beautiful grassy draw filled with wildflowers. The lake is bordered on both ends by forested hills."

"This hike has views of the 40-foot Lost Creek Falls from the base of the falls and again from the top overlooking the falls. The hike also takes you to Lost Lake -- a long, narrow six-acre lake that has yellow water lilies and is frequented by ducks. This beautiful area is bordered by forested hillsides on both ends of the lake.

The Terrace Mountain Loop circles the base of Terrace Mountain through a diverse landscape. The hike weaves through the Hoodoos, a garden of dynamic travertine rock formations. The north end of the loop crosses Pinyon Terrace and Snow Pass between Terrace Mountain and Clagett Butte. The return route follows Glen Creek through Gardners Hole, an expansive grassland meadow."

"Lost Lake is a six-acre mountain lake that sits in a long, tree-lined valley surrounded by steep, forested hillsides. Yellow pond lilies line the shores of the shallow, pastoral lake. This hike begins from Petrified Tree, an old redwood tree buried and entombed in ash and mud from volcanic eruptions 50 million years ago. The trail from Petrified Tree to Lost Lake follows the grassy meadows through a narrow, open valley filled with wildflowers to the head of the lake. The path continues along the north side of the lake to Roosevelt Lodge."

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This was a great hike. We hiked it on May 30, 2006 and saw a herd of elk crossing the clearing near the lake. There were also a lot of water fowl on the lake and ground squirrels along the trail. The first 1/4 to 1/2 mile of the hike from Roosevelt Lodge was the only strenuous part of the hike. Once you get up the ridge, it really levels off into an easy hike.

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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Yellow Stone National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Tower/Canyon; USGS Tower Junction
Local Maps

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Oct 2018