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Lost Lake Trail, located near Tower-Roosevelt, offers a moderately strenuous 4 mile roundtrip hike. This loop trail departs from behind Roosevelt Lodge and climbs 300 feet (91 m) onto the bench. Here the trail joins the Roosevelt horse trail and continues west to Lost Lake. (If you
take the trail east, you loop back to the Roosevelt corrals on the horse trail or continue on to Tower Fall Campground.) From Lost Lake, the trail follows the contour around the hillside to the Petrified Tree parking area. Cross the parking lot and climb the hill at its northeast end to loop back behind Tower Ranger Station. Cross the creek and return to the Roosevelt Lodge cabins.

Offering views of Lost Lake, waterfowl, wet meadows, sagebrush hilltops, wildflowers, and quite often black bears, this trail has a bit of everything. Parts of the trail are used by horse parties. For your safety when meeting horses, we recommend you move to the downhill side of the trail and remain still until they have passed.

Directions: From The Northeast Entrance, Travel West on Hwy. 212 to the Roosevelt Lodge. The trailhead begins behind the lodge.

Elevation: 6,400 feet

Elevation Gain: 300 feet

Distance: 4 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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