There are 3 vault toilets in the Trillium Lake Day Use Area, as well as plenty of trash cans. If you are a serious photographer, the direction you choose will be determined by where the sun will be when you arrive at those points you want to The trail is popular and is mostly gentle terrain with a picturesque lake, meadow, and a view of Mt. Hood, but you will see open meadows and on early summer mornings, likely some wildlife here (such as loons, heron, geese and deer). (Total of 94.6 miles), Follow signs to Trillium Lake Rd. Follow signs to Trillium Lake Rd. From the last traffic light in Sandy (near the ARCO station), keep going on Highway 26 for another 30.5 miles. Hood National Forest, and you will have to pay a fee to park. Mt. Please. Drive on I-5 N towards Portland for 108 miles then u. Trillium Lake Trail. Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. Trillium Lake was a muddy bog of Mud Creek until it was dammed in 1960. Get there early for parking - especially on weekends! Stay on OR-212 for 11.5 miles, then turn right towards Sandy/Mount Hood and merge onto US-26. The Trillium Lake Trail circles the lake and affords a visit, via a series of boardwalks, to its less-trafficked west shore, where a variety of wetland wildflowers can be observed in the summer. They close the gate at Trillium Lake Road, so if you are snowshoeing, it will be a longer trek. Mallards sun themselves on the dam rocks. This leads to the dam wall. Click for PDF Directions Map of this Hike . U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map. Donations pay for the trail to be groomed. After passing through Government Camp and the turnoff for Timberline Lodge, turn right for Trillium Lake. 1.6 miles and park at the main day use area right by the lake. It's a 4.4 mile round trip from Trillium Sno-Park. Its distance and easy terrain make it a great family hike, particularly for … Nice short, level hike around the lake with gorgeous views of Mount Hood on a clear day. All of these sites are very close to one another and the trees here are fairly small so there is no privacy at all if you are camping here. A boardwalk crosses a sedge marsh. Trillium Lake is an extremely popular place in the summer time due to its close proximity to the Portland metropolitan area. Trillium Lake Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. Hood National Forest, Summer and fall (hiking), winter and spring (snowshoeing). There’s yet another boardwalk and then you reach the day-use boat launch (no motor boats allowed). At a junction, a boardwalk spur leads right to a sedge swamp. Follow signs to Trillium Lake Rd. The path is lined with blooming subalpine daisies in mid-summer. A path leads along the shore below the dusty road. Annual Northwest Forest Pass pr $5 day pass available at trailhead, sno-park permit required from November 1 - April 30 and is not available for purchase at the trailhead. Drive north on US-97 towards Madras for about 43.5 miles then merge left onto US-26 west for 60.5 miles. Newts drift lazily in the still waters. Review of Trillium Lake. After the trail passes the campground, it takes you around the northern end of the lake, which offers little to no views of Mt. Spurs lead right to the boggy shores. Trillium Lake Trail goes around Trillium Lake and through Trillium Lake Campground. The access trail is steep and it recommended that beginner and intermediate skiers walk down it. A spur right leads to the lake. Hike another boardwalk and then pass through a parsnip, mertensia, thimbleberry opening. 1.6 miles and park at the main day use area right by the lake. The trail winds through spruce-dominated woods and then reaches another boardwalk through willows, alders and then a cotton-grass meadow. On the east side of the lake there is a campground, with sites that come right up to the trail. From the day-use parking area, a paved trail leads to the shore from below the picnic shelter. Overall, this is a great place to hike with young kids. Trillium Lake Trail is accessed in Trillium Lake Day Use Area, or you can pass the turnoff for the day use and take the next right hand turn and park near the lake's dam. The human population increases as you near the campground. Hood National Forest. Winter: Trillium Lake Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile loop from the Trillium Access Hill. The Trillium Lake Trail circles the lake and affords a visit, via a series of boardwalks, to its less-trafficked west shore, where a variety of wetland wildflowers can be observed in the summer. Little Trillium Lake, with Mount Hood as an incredible backdrop, is one of the more popular day-use and camping destinations in the Mt. There are 3 vault toilets in the Trillium Lake Day Use Area, as well as plenty of trash cans. After this, go left up past the picnic shelter to day-use parking. 3 miles past Government Camp turn right at sign for Trillium Lake. Note that this is one of the concessionaire sites (California Land Management) in the Mt. It is also just an all-around nice place to enjoy the epic beauty of Oregon's nature. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trillium Lake is an extremely popular place in the summer time due to its close proximity to the Portland metropolitan area. *All pictures unless otherwise marked are taken by Franziska Weinheimer, Top One Night Backpacking Trips in Oregon, Park Meadow to Golden Lake (members only), Middle Fork Willamette Trail (members only), Flat Creek to Dead Mountain (members only), Blair Lake to Mule Mountain (members only), William Finley Wildlife Refuge (members only), Top Tips For Hiking With Infants And Toddlers, Outdoor Herbivore Backpacking Food Review, 2 mile loop w/ 86 ft. elevation gain (4 miles if you're snowshoeing), 1 hour w/ an average pace of 2.0 mph (+1 hour if snowshoeing), Very high on summer and winter weekends, medium to high on weekdays, 3 miles east of Government Camp off of Hwy. Difficulty: Beginner Total Distance: 4.5 mi or 3.6 mi Trail Type: Loop or Out & Back Elevation Gain: 230 ft Trail Condition: Groomed Trail Uses: Snowshoeing or X-Country Skiing Day-use/Parking Pass Required: Sno-Park Parking Permit There are two ways to hike the perimeter trail of Trillium Lake; either clockwise or counterclockwise. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. From here the trail goes into the woods for a little while and there are wooden board walks to walk on, since some of this area can be wet and marshy. This page was last modified on 18 November 2020, at 21:09. was once known as Mud Lake because it was a boggy area south of Summit Meadows. The roads around the lake are groomed for cross-country skiers in the winter. 26 - Mt. toward Oregon City. Trillium Lake is a very easy and scenic 2 mile hike in a very popular area! (Best time to go is after Labor Day when some of the crowds die down and the fall colors come out, and in the winter when you can snowshoe around the lake). Turn right onto OR-138 E for 17.7 miles and then turn left onto US-97 for 116 miles all the way to Madras. The picnic area is shaded by mountain hemlock, western red-cedar, western hemlock, and silver fir. The west side of the lake takes you into some cooler darker woods with no beach access due to the yards and yards of reeds that separate the trail from the lake. Trillium Lake Loop Hike (TH | <— —> | LOG) Driving Directions . The trail crosses wetlands that provide bird watching opportunities. In the winter, many people come here to snowshoe around the lake. Pass Government Camp and just before the junction with Hwy 35, you will see the road on your right to Trillium Lake.