A perfect hike to take your toddler, Lost Lake Trail is only 1 .5 miles at its longest to reach New River, one way. I stopped at the Sand Dune and turned around, making it closer to 1 miles each way on my trip with Jade this weekend. It happened to be a high temperature weekend with hardly any wind, making our 70 temps feel more like in the 80’s. I would suggest bringing your mosquito repellent to be cautious. I met a man at the front of the trail taking photos of dragonflies and he did say he has been chased out a time or two by the mosquitoes. Fortunately we did fine only seeing a few mosquitoes along the way.
My daughter is only 2 1/2 years old and she walked the entire trail both ways. It was a little dark at first because the trees tower overhead but the trail is nicely packed and flat for the most part. There is one place with a wooden plank that crosses the running creek but the wood was tightly secured and we crossed it just fine. The path turns from packed dirt to sand once you cross the creek and climbs slightly uphill. I held Jade’s hand to help her climbs the sand as it was pretty loose for her little feet.
We stopped at two look out points on the right side of the trail along the way which overlooked the ever enchanting Lost Lake. Someone handy carved out a bench seat from a tree trunk at one of the look out points which made for a nice rest stop. There is a giant sand dune at the end of the trail that sits high above the lake and made for a nice view. I will have to go back to see what was on the other side of the sand dune! We turned around and enjoyed a faster paced hike back to our car. “Goodbye water!” we yelled out as we left.
Lost Lake Trail can be found at the far end of McTimmons Road in Laurel Grove (south of Bandon) which turns into Woods Way. Follow the signs to a one way dirt road which leads to a graveled parking area and a wide open lawn. The trail is clearly marked at the opening.