There are 3 vault toilets in the Trillium Lake Day Use Area, as well as plenty of trash cans. Take a boardwalk into cedar woods with Engelmann spruce, silver fir, and mountain hemlock. The very first view you get of the mountain across the lake, is right at the beginning of the trail. Hood National Forest. This page was last modified on 18 November 2020, at 21:09. Drive on OR-62 E for 49.5 miles, then take a slight left onto OR-230 N for another 23.8 miles. Note that this is one of the concessionaire sites (California Land Management) in the Mt. Follow US 26 about 28 miles east of Sandy toward Madras. TRILLIUM LAKE SNOWSHOE HIKE. Return to the trail in the woods and keep right at a junction. In fact, there are numerous short and sweet hikes … 1.6 miles and park at the main day use area right by the lake. Drive on I-5 N towards Portland for 108 miles then u. Follow signs to Trillium Lake Rd. Mount Hood peeks above the trees. A spur right leads to the lake. The trail winds through spruce-dominated woods and then reaches another boardwalk through willows, alders and then a cotton-grass meadow. was once known as Mud Lake because it was a boggy area south of Summit Meadows. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map. 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. 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. 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. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. There are two ways to hike the perimeter trail of Trillium Lake; either clockwise or counterclockwise. Review of Trillium Lake. The path is lined with blooming subalpine daisies in mid-summer. 26 - Mt. 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. Continue on I-205 N for 11.3 miles then take exit 12 for OR-212/OR-224 E, /Mt Hood. A boardwalk crosses a sedge marsh. 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. On any fair weather day in the summer, you will not have the place to yourself unless you do this walk early in the morning: other day-users will include paddle boarders, windsurfers, canoeists, boaters, inner tubers, kayakers, and swimmers. Go left along the shore. In 1960 Mud Creek was dammed which increased the lake by 62 acres and was then named Trillium Lake because of the many Trillium flowers that grow in the area. After this, go left up past the picnic shelter to day-use parking. It provides a beautiful jewel in the landscape when viewed from Timberline Lodge above. 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. The roads around the lake are groomed for cross-country skiers in the winter. (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). 3 miles past Government Camp turn right at sign for Trillium Lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. The human population increases as you near the campground. In the town of Madras merge left onto US-26 west for 60.5 miles. Trillium Lake Trail. Follow signs to Trillium Lake Rd. 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. 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. On the east side of the lake there is a campground, with sites that come right up to the trail. Trillium Lake is a very easy and scenic 2 mile hike in a very popular area! Northwest Forest Passes are not valid. The picnic area is shaded by mountain hemlock, western red-cedar, western hemlock, and silver fir. (Total of 94.6 miles), Follow signs to Trillium Lake Rd. Its distance and easy terrain make it a great family hike, particularly for … Pass Government Camp and just before the junction with Hwy 35, you will see the road on your right to Trillium Lake. Hike another boardwalk and then pass through a parsnip, mertensia, thimbleberry opening. The trail is compact, not too dusty and very easy to walk on, especially on the board walk areas. There are great views of Mount Hood along this trail. It's a 4.4 mile round trip from Trillium Sno-Park. Then turn left at a sign for Trillium Lake. After the causeway, the trail leads right below the road into a willow thicket. (Total of 278 miles), Drive on US-26 for 40.4 miles to Government Camp. *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 Dogs must on a leash on the Trillium area ski trails. Mallards sun themselves on the dam rocks. Trillium Lake Trail goes around Trillium Lake and through Trillium Lake Campground. The Trillium Lake Loop Trail Might Be One Of The Most Beautiful Short-And-Sweet Hikes To Take In Oregon. Note that this is one of the concessionaire sites (California Land Management) in the Mt. Drive north on US-97 towards Madras for about 43.5 miles then merge left onto US-26 west for 60.5 miles. Trillium Lake is an extremely popular place in the summer time due to its close proximity to the Portland metropolitan area. Hood, but you will see open meadows and on early summer mornings, likely some wildlife here (such as loons, heron, geese and deer). Newts drift lazily in the still waters. 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. From the last traffic light in Sandy (near the ARCO station), keep going on Highway 26 for another 30.5 miles. At a junction, turn right on a paved trail to a floating dock that juts out into the lake. Stay on OR-212 for 11.5 miles, then turn right towards Sandy/Mount Hood and merge onto US-26. Mt. Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. It provides a beautiful jewel in the landscape when viewed from Timberline Lodge above. The access trail is steep and it recommended that beginner and intermediate skiers walk down it. Head into mountain hemlock/spruce woods with several little skunk-cabbage bottoms and huckleberry patches. They close the gate at Trillium Lake Road, so if you are snowshoeing, it will be a longer trek. (Total of 60.4 miles), Drive on I-5 N towards Portland for 29.5 miles then u. Hood National Forest, and you will have to pay a fee to park. Stay on this road for 34.6 miles and, turn right at sign for Trillium Lake. You can bike ride around the lake, or if you have older kids who can swim, you can easily spend all day on paddle boards or canoes on the lake. Spurs lead right to the boggy shores. A Pedestrian Loop around Trillium Lake - 2016/01/01, Room with a View at Trillium Lake 2/22-23, Trillium Lake Overnight Snow Shoe Backpack ~~ Dec. 29 - 30, Another brutally rough day, Trillium Lake 7/25, Month by month... a year at Trillium Lake, Trillium Lake Loop Hike (Northwest Hiker), "Trillium Lake at Mount Hood could be the place to cool off this hot Portland weekend" (Oregon Live), https://www.oregonhikers.org/w/index.php?title=Trillium_Lake_Loop_Hike&oldid=95851, $5 day-use concessionaire fee (Northwest Forest Pass invalid): May 15th - October 1st. The view of Mount Hood is a picture postcard scene. Some of the boardwalk is in need of repair and with the water level high part of it dips into the lake for a short distance. Spurs lead left to the campground as you keep along the lakeshore. Here the ducks come to nest here, away from all the people. Trillium Lake was a muddy bog of Mud Creek until it was dammed in 1960.