Permits: Discover Pass Required
Elevation Gain: 1300 ft
My Hiking Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
After heading back to school this past two weeks I decided it was time to get a little hiking in, so I drove down highway 11 looking for an easy day out.
The trail to lost lake begins on a service road, and while that didn't sound super appealing at first, the trail itself has a nice secluded feel to it. After about one mile the road splits in two, head left to continue on, following the sign for fragrance lake. Quickly after the fork, at about 1.5 miles from the trail head, a small waterfall comes into view, providing the perfect opportunity to stop for a drink of water and some pictures.
Leaving the waterfall, the trail continues its steady climb on the service road for about another 0.7 miles before reaching the junction with the Lost Lake Trail. Head right at this point to continue on towards the lake. From here the trail becomes more trail than road as it starts to leave behind that sense of civilization.
After climbing for about another mile or so the trail begins to lose elevation as it approaches the shores of the lake. Once at the bottom of the hill there are two trails with two wooden poles and no signs. Go to the right to get to the lake.
After arriving at the lake, I was disappointed that there was little to no shore area where I could sit and heat up some cocoa. So naturally I decided to explore the banks and see what I could find.
If you continue to the left as you approach the lake and follow the path up the ridge, it leads to a fairly large open area with an excellent view of the lake in both directions (see picture on right). Enjoying the view I sat down to indulge in a Clif bar and soak up the view.
Just as I was leaving the fog started to roll back in over the lake and a large crowd was coming down the hill. Seems like I timed it perfectly today.
From I-5 Take exit 250 and turn onto Old Fairhaven Parkway. Left if coming north right if headed south. Follow Old Fairhaven parkway for about 1 mile then turn left at the light onto 12th street. Take a slight left at the next light to stay on Chuckanut Drive/ Highway 11 and follow for approximately 5.5 miles. The trail head parking lot will be on your left.
My name is Abrahm and I am a college student, and outdoor enthusiast . I spend much of my free time wandering through and photographing the great Pacific Northwest state of Washington.
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