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.

Really nice view of Mt Hood over the lake but a large portion of the trail is closed. People have created a bit of another route off trail but it's not very clear.

Beautiful views of Mount Hood! Very easy hike.

Great hike! Fall colors, light rain, mushrooms everywhere, salmon running. No one at the trail head at 9:30 busy by 3:30.

scenic driving
12 days ago

Beautiful view of Mt Hood from the lake. Enjoyed watching some men fly fishing

Perfect fall hike. Pleasant even in the rain. Make sure you pick up a Forest Pass before driving to the trailhead.

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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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