Directions: Drive Highway 26 past Government Camp, a few miles later you will see signs for Trillium Lake. Take the marked exit where you will see the large Sno-Park.
From the parking area head past the snow gate and start heading downhill. You will be snowshoeing for 2 miles down the access road that takes you to Trillium Lake. This part of the snowshoe is pretty much a roller coaster, you will lose and gain elevation a few times. The path is pretty well worn with snowshoe and cross country skiing tracks. It’s mainly just a nice snowy treelined path that takes you to the lake. You will see signs along the way keep following them down the road and past the campground entrance. Take the next right after the campground which will take you down to the lake.
It’s two miles from the parking area to the lake so if that’s enough (four miles round trip) you can hangout at the lake and head back the way you came. If you want to go farther head around the lake clockwise and go back out the way you came in, for a total of 6 miles.
It was pretty cloudy and sleeting most of the time we were here so we didn’t get the nice view of the mountain. It was still a great snowshoe though. This place starts getting pretty busy around 11am, getting here early would probably be best. The last hill on the way out is a big one as well, lots of people were struggling. Keep that in mind when you decide between the 4 and 6 mile options.
Distance: 4 or 6 miles
Elevation: We don’t know the exact elevation. There are definitely a few decent hills on the road heading in. Not much elevation at all going around the lake.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: Most ages- may not be best for young kids or older folks.
Parking Fee: Sno-Park permit
Seasons: Anytime there is enough snow 🙂
Overall: Great snowshoe area, even better if you hit a day without clouds!