Explore the most popular fishing trails in Mount Hood National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good hike. Unfortunately when we were there the smoke was blocking the views of Mt. Hood. The lake is beautiful however and it was warm enough to jump in and swim. Really easy hike as well. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

Half the trail is closed right now (September 2018). Also a lot of selfie people out there :(
I offered to take pictures for them though!
Easy beautiful hike for the crew I was with though - husband, 4-year-old, 2-month old.

Mt Hood shrouded in clouds. Probably more impressive on a day with better views. Not too crowded for a Saturday. A portion of the trail is temporarily closed for repairs, but there is a fairly well worn alternative.

on Trillium Lake Loop Trail

walking
16 days ago

The view was amazing all around! There are a lot of ducks and a beaver damn, but we didn’t see much other wildlife. There are lots of geocaches around the trail, but unfortunately a part of the loop was closed for maintenance.

backpacking
19 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Gradual climb. Lots and lots of campsites. Good Eagle Creek substitute.

I highly recommend this hike. tree tunnel w river almost the whole time. 2 hours in the trail will open to a ridge with the river down below. gorgeous. this is the best Oregon hiking in my opinion.

hiking
20 days ago

deffently one of my favorites. it's real flat loop and it's only 13 miles of you connect to little creater lake fun and longer.

I parked at the big rest area on Hwy 26 and hiked down to the lake. While the payoff view of Hood across Trillium Lake was breathtaking, most of the hike down was a drag. Wandering through packed campgrounds, kids and dogs running around everywhere.

backpacking
22 days ago

Took an overnighter trip on Tues-Wed. Wonderful view and not too crazy of elevation climbs as we went counter-clockwise at the loop after starting at Shellrock. Easy enough distance to be out and back within 24 hours. We brought a hammock and spent a long time resting at Serene Lake. Wonderful spots all around for making camp.

Starting at Shellrock and doing the loop brought our mileage to 12.3.

hiking
25 days ago

While this area tends to be crowded, it wasn’t when we went there. It was a cold cloudy day, though.

The trail takes you along the lake through beautiful plants and forest. It is an easy and relaxing stroll. Unfortunately, we couldn’t see Mt Hood due to cloud cover.

At the time of our hike, the area was relatively trash free. About 1/4 of the trail was closed due to maintenance, so we couldn’t hike the entire loop. We’ll definitely come back to paddle or picnic.

backpacking
25 days ago

Incredible views on a very sunny day. A little breeze kept me cool throughout the hike. First time here, and it is a very special place! Fairly quiet on a Tuesday morning. Nice time to come here.

Easy to find path that goes around the whole lake. Many options to go down to the water for a swim or to take in a breathtaking view.

Beautiful view. Super packed. The parking lot was full at 11:45am on a Saturday so get there early. The only trash we saw was in the woods and left by illegal campers. Part of the trail was closed for maintenance. Nice stroll!

Backpacked to about the 2 mile mark and set up camp. Super easy hike but THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FOREST. There were many lovely camping spots as well before you reach the Salmon Huckleberry wilderness area, but they taper off quickly after you reach the wilderness area. I got stung a few times but other than that, the bugs were minimal. The next morning I hiked to the view points. Not really sure what the end goal was supposed to be so I stopped there. Just before the wilderness area there is a bridge over the sweetest creek. I had a great time hiking up this creek to find the loveliest quit little views. I totally recommend it.

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail is pretty brutal up to Cast Lake, with 6 switchbacks and only about 100 feet of flat ground over 4 miles. I took 3 friends that had never been backpacking and they handled it like champs. The lake is very pretty!

My favorite of all

Good out and back hike. Did on a Saturday starting around 1:00 pm. With lunch and some river time we were back to the car at about 5:15 pm. The hike up until the trailhead is pretty easy and although the ascent to the bluffs is a bit steep, it's not so bad. The bluffs are a great lunch spot, and we didn't go much further than that. The best spots to go down to the river are early in the trail and it was great to dip our toes into on the way back. There were no bugs except a few bees around the bluffs, but they didn't bother us much. Heads up though - there were apparently a few break-ins today so make sure to not leave any valuables in your car!

Trillium use to be something of beauty.
Although the view will always be there..
The lake sticks&full of endless dead fish.
There's plenty of trash laying all about.
Disrespectful.
Besides being so heavy in traffic-any of the multiple lakes with less crowds will suit better!

backpacking
1 month ago

Because of a late start, we went in and out Burnt Lake Trail. Steady uphill climb the entire way, but nicely shaded with some groves of awesome wildflowers and butterflies.

There are a considerable number of campsites, I think we scored one of the best on the "island" of the lake because it's shaded and has easy access to the lake right off the campsite.

Be prepared to spend 45 min to an hour on the CRAZY bumpy road in. We didn't get over 10 mph the entire drive. Also, don't follow the directions on this app to the trailhead, you'll end up dead ending in an entirely wrong trailhead.

Flies were really bad, but they left in the evening.

backpacking
1 month ago

(Aug 12) Did it clockwise, camping one night on the lake. The first 6.5 miles from the entrance to the lake are pretty hard - it's very steep all the way to the top even with the switchbacks. On the lake we camped at the small peninsula - didn't see any mosquitoes or angry flies as mentioned in other reviews. A few annoying flies in the morning, but we were leaving anyway. The lake is pretty clean and very warm - very good for swimming!

Veda and Mirror are preferable to Trillium Lake. Crowds are awful. Trail is in utter disrepair. Signage sucks. It was overcast, therefore views of Mount Hood were non-existent.

To call this a hike would be a bit of an exaggeration. Went on a Sunday in August and it was so packed it took us about 10 minutes to find a parking spot. Entire lake was full of people on floaties and kayaks and paddle boards, all of the beaches were loaded with people... Just not the place to be if you're looking for a peaceful hike. That being said, if being at a busy beach is your scene, it was a beautiful beach with an incredible view of Mt. Hood, but it wasn't my thing.

Such a beautiful trail. Only saw a few people on a Sunday. Listening to the river made up for my dogs pulling! Not technical. A little rolly. Be back soon!

love it! had a great time in the hot tub. we were very lucky that we didnt have to wait.

Trail IsClosed At This Time. The Historic Columbia River Highway is Closed Until Further Notice. This Includes Trails Between Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah, and Trails Between Multnomah and Ainsworth State Park. The Road Is Only Open To State Troopers, Game and WildLife Patrolmen, and Residents That Live On That Road. Anyone Caught Trying To Hike Said Trails Are Fined. This Is All Due To The Bad Fire They Had Last Year And Several Told Me They Aren't Sure When It Should Be Open. One Trooper Told Me It's Looking Like It Will Be June 2019. :( That Means Oneonta George, Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Larch Mountain Overlook, Fairy Falls, & Wahkeena Falls Are All Closed Until Further Notice. If You Are Looking For Alternatives, You Can Look Into Multnomah Falls & Trails, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vista House. You Can Also Take A Drive To Ramona Falls.

Easy hike but not a stroll. There is a lot of uneven terrain (stumps, roots, rocks, mud). The bugs were pretty bad but not intolerable. Absolutely gorgeous hike, a lot of places to sit and take in the view. Oh and it was closer to 4 miles via our GPS hike tracker

Beautifully kept trail with the chance for some great vistas of the gorge along the way (a rarity with the tree cover on most trails!)
Definitely very steep but the trail is even and mostly packed dirt. Great to get behind horsetail falls! On the western side of the bridge that crosses Oneonta at the top you can scramble down into the Riverbed and come right up to the edge of the falls into the Oneonta Gorge (which, incidentally is the most beautiful hike in the area if you can beat the crowds)

The worse one.
In man built wood tubs that feel slimy, water is only warm for so long before you need to leave dump&refill.
Some private rooms with a single log tub.
I mean it's not the greatest, crime is popular not only in the parking lot but within the trail&the tubs.
Nudist is also a strong possibility to view a lot of..

Austin (keep driving past bagby) it's all natural &has the rock built walls to locate prime spot.
More secluded.
Better*

backpacking
1 month ago

Because I don't have a four-wheel drive vehicle I started at shellrock Lake trailhead and made it a two day hike. The hike up to Fraizer Turnaround is really pleasant and Shellrock Lake was a lovely way to start a hike. My friend and I camped at middle Rock Lake for the night which had quite a few bugs but otherwise was very nice.

The hike to Serene lake the next morning was fun with some challenges like significant elevation gain and navigating lots of fallen trees with a big pack. We only encountered one person and on a Monday in July had the lake to ourselves most of the day.

Serene lake itself is idilic, crystal clear water with a nice open valley to make sweeping views. There are cool rocks in the middle of the lake to play around on and large boulders on the south side of the lake to jump off into the adequately deep water. My friend had some trouble with overly friendly bees but otherwise there were fewer bugs than any of the other lakes.

In summary, the Rock lakes were nice and the camping was comfortable but a day trip to Serene Lake was definitely the highlight of our trip.

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