Mount Hood National Forest surrounding Oregon’s tallest mountain offers many great hiking trails of varying difficulty; Lost Creek Trail is an easy option, ½-mile of paved trail with lovely Mount Hood views.
- .5 miles (typically 30-60 minutes)
- Easiest level, paved with no elevation gain, wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Trailhead: Lost Creek Picnic Area near McNeil Campground.
Near Rhododendron, Oregon in the Mount Hood Villages, Lost Creek Trail sits just past the McNeil Campground off the Lolo Pass Road. This short, flat paved trail is an excellent choice for a brief day hike, with a picnic area at the trailhead where hikers can enjoy a meal. Lost Creek Trail is appropriate for any age or fitness level and accessible for strollers or individuals with disabilities. The hike passes an old beaver pond and provides stunning views of Mount Hood and Zigzag Mountain; interpretive signs point out the natural attractions, and rest benches offer respite along the path.
Take Highway 26 to Lolo Pass Road (Primary Forest Route 18) at Zigzag. Take Lolo Pass Road north to Forest Route 1825 and turn east. Continue on FR1825 past McNeil Campground to Rd. 1825-109, and go 1/4 mile—the road dead-ends at the Lost Creek picnic area where the trailhead sits.
- Distance: .5 mile
- Average Time of Hike: 30 minutes
- Elevation Gain: None
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trail Type: Keyhole loop
- Trailhead: Lost Creek picnic area near McNeil Campground (outside Rhododendron)
Plan & Prepare
This trail is open between April and October, and no recreational pass is required. More information about the trail and interpretive booklets in Braille are available at the Mount Hood Information Center, (503) 622-5560.