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Trillium Lake (Summer 2018)

Directions: Drive Highway 26 past Government Camp, a few miles later you will see signs for Trillium Lake. Take the marked exit and follow the road for about two miles to the parking area.

Previous visits to Trillium Lake had been late October and a snowshoe in January. We didn’t see many people both times….this visit was so different. The parking lot was jammed fully by 9:30 and there was a ton of people on the trail and in the lake itself. Sadly I don’t think we will ever visit this lake again during the nicer weather months.

From the boat ramp we went left or clockwise around the lake. This side of the lake offers the best views of Mt. Hood but it’s also the most crowded area. People literally had blankets laid out on the actual trail and there was garbage everywhere. It was so disappointing to see. This is a beautiful lake and it was being treated like a garbage can. We strongly urge people to follow the Leave No Trace principles!

      

As you continue on around the lake some of the crowds start to thin. The trail switches between dirt and boardwalk and is lined with skunk cabbage. We saw an old beaver lodge and some blooming lily pads as well.

      

Once you’ve made it around to the other side of the lake you’ll pass an amphitheater and start getting views of Mt. Hood again. There are campsites on this side of the lake so it does become more crowded again. Not much farther past the campsites you’ll reach the boat ramp again completing the loop. For the most part the trail stays right next to the lake except in a few short areas. The trail is flat, well maintained, and easy to follow.

      

Distance: 2 miles (easy)

Elevation: 15 feet (easy)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: $5 day use fee.

Seasons: All

Popular: Very

Warnings: None

Trillium Lake (Autumn)

Directions: Drive Highway 26 past Government Camp, a few miles later you will see signs for Trillium Lake. Take the marked exit and follow the road for about two miles to the parking area.

This hike is a loop and we decided to hike it clockwise. From the parking area we walked down to the boat ramp went left and picked up the trail. Right away there is a short side trail to the right that will take you out to a wooden viewing platform, it’s definitely worth the few extra steps. Continue on the main trail and you will hit the first section of boardwalk as you start to round the left side of the lake. All through this area there are great views of Mt. Hood and you will be hiking right along the lake.

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Continuing on, you will head into a more heavily wooded area. You can always see the lake through the trees but you are not walking right next to it like before. There are a few side trails that take you through the trees and out to the lake. It’s a little muddy but worth it, we were able to see a few large beaver lodges along the shore. Back on the main trail you will start to hit more and more boardwalk as you enter into a meadow/marshy area.

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Soon you will reach a junction in the trail. Going right will take you out to an open marsh where it dead ends, it’s a great area for bird watching. Staying left/straight will keep you on the main trail. As you come around to the other side of the lake you will pass the small amphitheater and some camping areas. The next junctions is with a bike trail, stay on the main trail and pass by a lily pond as you make your way back around to the boat ramp where the hike ends.

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Distance: 2 miles

Elevation: 15 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: Yes a $5 day use fee.

Seasons: All but you will have to start at the sno-park during the winter months.

Popular: Yes

Overall: Easy lake side hike with a great view of Mt. Hood.