Lost Lake Ski Trail

Skiers heading to Calcite Springs Overlook along the trail with mountain views ahead of them.
Several skiers make their way toward Calcite Springs Overlook along the Lost Lake Ski Trail.

NPS/Jake Frank

The Lost Lake Ski Trail is a 4 mile (6.4 km) easiest to more difficult one-way trail that takes skiers by Petrified Tree, Lost Lake, and Calcite Springs Overlook. Start at the Petrified Tree Road, just east of the exit of Blacktail Plateau Drive, or 1.4 miles (2.25 km) west of Tower Junction. The trail follows the road to the Petrified Tree, then leads through a narrow, open valley to Lost Lake. Follow the near shore (on the ice) the trail reaches the head of the lake after 1.5 miles to the head of the lake, then travel through intermittent forest and meadows. After 2.5 miles (4 km) and a short steep descent, the trail reaches Calcite Springs Overlook on the Tower Fall Trail, 1.4 miles (2.25 km) from Tower Junction. It DOES NOT follow the maintained summer trail. Watch closely for orange trail tags marking the route because it may be diffi cult to fi nd. Rolling terrain, views and possibly elk may be seen along this trail. Caution: Remove your skis for the short, steep section at the Lost Creek Bridge.

Notes: Bison and elk frequent this trail. Federal regulations require you to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison and all other wild animals.

Check out the ski trail details and accessibility information at the bottom of this page.

Ski tracks lead to a wintery view of Tower Fall.

Tower Skiing & Snowshoeing

Discover skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in the Tower area.

Two backcountry skiers look onward with mountain views in the background.

Skiing & Snowshoeing

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

The duration will vary depending on fitness level, snow conditions, and length of time spent along the trail.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trail begins at the road leading to Petrified Tree or at Tower Junction.
Accessibility Information

This skier-tracked easiest to more difficult trail includes steep terrain. The trail elevation gain/loss is 360 feet. Service dogs allowed with backcountry access permit.

Last updated: January 30, 2018