5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

Lost: it’s the name of the lake you are headed to … with one of the most iconic photo opportunities in Oregon. And while Lost Lake has surely been found, very few people (cars or cyclists) are on the route.

The route is a derivative of the classic Vista Ridge road ride that is well known in the area. Over time, the paved forest service roads (most of the route) have deteriorated so that there are dips / depressions, broken pavement, and some short sections of gravel. The course as mapped, includes Jones Creek road, which has a significant gravel component. Overall, we find this route much more enjoyable on a gravel bike with ~ 35 mm wide tire versus a road bike with a 25 mm tire. This is a must do ride if you are in the area. The views of Mt. Hood on a clear day are “out of this world”. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 57 miles / 5800 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 14% gravel, 36% Roubaix, 50% paved
– eBike Approved: Yes
– Location: ~ 25 min south of Hood River, Oregon
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: September 2019


Moderate+. Due to a distance and elevation gain.

When we like to ride this …

This is a ride we really like to do when the skies are clear and the views are big. The route tops out at 3700 feet, thus there may be that exceptional day in the winter when the route would go. But … for sure, there are spring and fall days that would be splendid along with many summer days.

The Start

Red Barn park in Parkdale. Parking is along side Clear Creek road. Water & Flush toilets.
Lat / Long: 45.519124, -121.596708

Food / Water

Lost Lake General store, ~ mile 23.


Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Purple = Roubaix

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  • Andrew Murray says:

    An update on conditions; We rode a shortened version of Lost today, we skipped the second “monster” climb but still rode 50 miles and 4400’ starting and ending at Toll Bridge County Park. Jones Creek Rd is the section just after Lost Lake, and it’s been significantly messed up as an effort to keep cars and motors out. We were able to ride it with 40c tires, but we had to dismount probably 15 times in the first mile due to downed trees and large trenches that were made across the old road bed. Then after the trenches the road surface was pretty bad for another mile. Still a great ride but you will have to endure a bit of dismounting and some scrambling. Due to the roughed up section of Jones Creek Rd, I would say my previous comment about doing this ride on 28c road tires no longer applies.

    • KevinE says:

      We’ll have to see how the grave road sector plays out over time, but in the meantime riders may want to consider going down the paved road (Lost Lake road) from Lost Lake and pick up the original route at about mile 32.5.This would make the route more of a road bike route, but due to the condition of the pavement we would really recommend a 32 or 35 mm tire at a minimum.

  • Andrew says:

    This is a great ride with the option to go big or shorten things up by skipping the big 2000’ climb near the end. I’ve done both and this is some fantastic riding. With good skills and some caution on the gravel you could do it on a road bike with 28c tires, but a gravel or cross bike with 35c or bigger tires is probably best.

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