Lost Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 696' 212 m
Descent: -712' -217 m
High: 6,872' 2,095 m
Low: 6,295' 1,919 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“A varied route featuring pleasant meadows, a quaint lake, waterfall and airy forest.”— Jake Bramante
From the parking lot, the trail gently heads up a forest-lined meadow that eventually leads to Lost Lake. The lake is a lily-pad lined affair frequented by waterfowl. Flowers in the spring and early summer are plenty and black bears and bison are frequently seen around the area.
After following the shoreline of the lake, the trail enters a pleasant older forest and comes to a junction with the Lost Lake Connector that heads down steeply to the Roosevelt Lodge. Stay right to continue on the level trail that works its way through the forest and up Lost Creek. The trail crosses over this lovely, bubbling stream and follows it downstream. It eventually reaches the rim of a cliff giving you expansive views outward and also great views of Lost Creek Falls tucked away in the cliffs behind you.
The trail continues back into the woods until it comes to a meadow and a junction with the Roosevelt Lodge-Tower Falls Trail. Continue straight where the Lost Lake Horse Spur Trail takes you to behind the corrals at the Roosevelt Lodge to complete the loop.
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Local Club: Yellowstone Association
Aug 14, 2019: Yellowstone Side Trip: Earthquake Lake Visitor Center
Land Manager: National Park Service - Yellowstone National Park