4/5 (2 reviews)

Lost Creek Campground, Mount Hood, Oregon

Campground Details

  • Campground Rating: 4/5 (2)
  • Reservations Available: Yes
  • Number of Campsites: 17
  • Avg. Overnight Fee: $19
  • Drinking Water: Yes
  • Toilets: Vaulted
  • Camphost on Site: Unknown
  • Fires Allowed: Yes
  • Cell Service: No
  • Season: May 26 - October
  • Nearest Store (Miles): 20
  • GPS: 45.38246,-121.83633
  • Elevation: 2,600 ft.
  • Showers: No
  • Firewood for Sale: Unknown

Lost Creek Campground Description

Lost Creek Campground is a hidden gem just outside of Zigzag, Oregon in the Mount Hood National Forest. There are two distinct areas to the campground. Loop A features 14 traditional car camping sites. The road is paved, eliminating unnecessary dust and noise. All sites are level and wooded in old growth Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock. There is little brush around, yet sits are private and roomy. Tables are old school Forest Service gargantuan. Fire pits and bar-b-q stands are included. Piped water is available at a central pump. Vault toilets are new and sparkling clean. Loop B features five walk in cites, accessible by a smooth and wide gravel path, which will easily accommodate a hand truck or cart. These sites are extremely private and quiet.

Lost Creek also has a well maintained nature trail along Lost Creek. It is reasonably long, well signed, and paved with boardwalks and viewing platforms. Lost Creek is one of the few camp grounds where the camp host is truly an asset. Larry takes great pride in the facility and it shows. Check ins are efficient and the camp ground and facilities are immaculate. He can show a short cut trail to the Ramona Falls Trail-head, eliminating the need for a shuttle.
All in all, Lost Creek is one of the finest camp grounds in Oregon. It is scenic, quiet, and has those indefinable charm special places exude. Sites may be reserved. Highly recommended.

Bonuses: Nearby trail-heads for Burnt Lake and Zig Zag Mountain, Ramona Falls, and Top Spur.

Reservations required.  There are four walk-in sites that are well worth the small effort.

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*Distances are as the crow flies

Attractions/Activites near this campground

Umbrella Falls

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9.3 Miles Away

Sahale Falls

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Elk Meadows Trailhead

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10.7 Miles Away

Tilly Jane Trail

11.5 Miles Away

Twister Falls

Twister Falls
13.8 Miles Away
*Distances are as the crow flies

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I highly recommend the family friendly yurts (and campground) at Lost Creek for the people who are used to camping. These rustic yurts are more like luxury tent camping and not like staying in an upscale cabin. There are only pit toilets (clean and well stocked with toilet paper) and a water pump at this campground. I’m used to tent camping and didn’t mind the small amount of dirt on the yurt floor. We wore shoes. We didn’t have any issues with bugs in the yurt. Be sure to bring headlamps/flashlights as there is no electricity or heater in the yurts, as well as your own sleeping bag and pillow.

The yurts sleep 6 but there is plenty of extra floor room. There are 2 bunks (single bed on the tops and a double bed on the bottoms). The top beds were encased with heavy plastic. Nice for cleanliness but a bit noisy when the sleepers up top roll over.

If you’re used to clean big cabins with lots of amenities, these yurts are not for you. If you’re used to camping, especially tent camping, you’ll have a blast!


I went camping with a small travel trailer and a tent in late summer of 2015 and found this campground to, indeed, be a hidden gem. The sites were spacious with lovely big trees, the camp host was friendly and helpful, and though the bathroom facilities consisted of only vault toilets, they were kept incredibly clean. The creek running by the campground is beautiful and full of great spots for kids to play in. I’m going back soon and will try staying in one of the yurts.


I am not sure what all the bad reviews are about. We just stayed there last night in a ‘Yome’ (Yurt) and it was super clean, beds were comfy, and the camp host was awesome. I would recommend this site to anyone who wants to get away and have a relaxing time. Trails were close by and fun for all. Great campsite! 5 stars!

Bob Hollingsworth
Bob Hollingsworth

Wonderful place and very accessible. The nicest host. Can’t imagine a nicer time.


I stayed in a yome at Lost Creek in August, 2014. The site was clean, and the staff was very friendly. I saw him drive through the campground every couple hours to monitor it, and he cleaned the bathrooms at least 2 times a day. The one recommendation I would have for anyone staying is to bring their own water. As it had a very bad after taste, and when boiled or left over night it turned brown. As far as beds in the yome, they are bunk beds that have a double on the bottom and a twin on top. I’m a little over 6 feet tall, and didn’t fit well at all on the beds. however, their is a lot of room for an air mattress or two in the yomes.


I have been going on an annual campground here for at least 5 years in a row. We stay in the walk-in sites. We love it! It’s always clean, quiet, it’s a sweet little place with a lovely creek going through it. It’s a really easy drive from the Ramona Falls Hike, which is outstanding. I actually totally suggest staying here! It wouldn’t let me click the stars, so I could only pick one! I would give it 4 out of 5, just because there isn’t a lot of recreational choices really close by. Otherwise, we love it.


So what’s up with this campground?
I have reservations for early August for a week. Shall I cancel and lose a night fee instead of spending a week living in a filthy yurt?

Anyone get back to report the conditions? I will be sure to do so when I return. Will take photos too.

Treasa Ni Maolchallann
Treasa Ni Maolchallann

My experience was very different than the glowing review on your website. We arrived at the campground and checked in with the host – not Larry as described in your review but a girl, who shouted out from her RV ‘WHAT DO YOU WANT’. Hmmm not a great first impression. She was not at all friendly, seemed in a very bad mood and basically gave us little or no information in response to our questions. She clearly is not a good representation for Mt Hood National Forest. She did give one good tip, buy the campfire wood down the road, its better quality. Other than that, she was most unwelcoming. So I guess Larry mentioned in the review has moved on. The yurt we stayed in was filty. Looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in months – is this the campsite hosts job? If so, this lady clearly is not meeting her responsibilities . I almost left but decided, its only one night we can handle this. The campsite brochure describes a beautiful creek and beaver pond, well, the pond is tiny and nothing special, the creek the same. I will say, the camp ground itself is very nice, spacious… Read more »