Once upon a time (about 1873 to be exact), there were a bunch of guys from Hood River that went for a trip around Mount Hood. While camping on a nice little lake, one of the men wondered how flammable the moss on the trees were. Being a curious, albeit not very bright, individual he decided to test his theory by touching his pipe to one of the trees covered in the moss. A few moments later the party was fleeing for their lives as a forest fire raced through the trees covered in the very flammable moss. Being proud folks, they decided best not to discuss their folly.
About seven years later, another group of men went on a quest in the same area. Whether the lake was the destination or not, I do not know. Despite the fact that the area surrounding the lake was burnt, they had some trouble finding said lake. Standing on a ridge, looking down at where they believed the lake was supposed to be, but was obviously not, they proclaimed that they were not lost. It was, in fact, the lake that was lost. Hence, the lake has been known since as Lost Lake (although, that particular group did eventually find their lost lake).
The original name of the lake was E-e-kwahl-a-mat-yam-lshkt, or 'heart of the mountains' for those not fluent in the Hood River tribe's native tongue. Given that the lake is indeed in the shape of a heart and is indeed in the middle of the mountains, I think this name makes a heck of a lot more sense. Although, it doesn't have a humorous story about stupid people to go along with it.
Speaking of humorous stories involving this lake... the adventurous chef, author, and traveler, Anthony Bourdain recently featured a camping trip to this very lake in his Northwest No Reservations episode. Those of you familiar with the show can imagine the possible plethora of viewer amusement at Anthony being forced to camp. Alas, no Bigfoot sightings though.
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