It is especially important to tread lightly here as the area is adjacent to the City of Everett's municipal watershed, and off trail travel can cause ecological damage and pollute the watershed.
Explore a managed forest and watershed area to end at a small lake stocked for fisherman. Enjoy peek-a-boo views of Mount Pilchuck and the Olympics on the way back down to the start of the trail.
The trail to Lost Lake begins by passing through two gates, one by the road and then just around the right corner. As you gently ascend, begin first by walking through a managed forest and notice the new growth that dots the hillsides and lines the road upwards. About halfway up the hill, re-enter a forested area, continuing along the main wide, rocky road. At 1.2 miles, arrive at a “T” intersection and turn left to continue along this main road.
0.3 miles later, do not follow the road as it turns right, instead, look left for a notched foot path through a wall of logs and stumps. You’ll emerge onto a narrow trail and within 0.5 mile will hear a rushing creek that will be crossed on a mossy foot bridge. Just up ahead your adventure continues when you clamber over a series of ecology concrete block walls. The path widens back into a gravel road in a forested fern paradise the remaining 0.9 miles to the lake. Along the way, you’ll take one more signed right to stay on the public access path to Lost Lake.
At just shy of 3.0 miles, arrive at the registration kiosk and take a left for the short trip to the lake’s edge. Walk out onto the floating dock to survey the lake before heading back along the same route. In the final mile of your walk back, on a clear day, look for peek-a-boo views of the Olympics to the west and Mount Pilchuck to the north.