Green Lakes Trail

MODERATE 165 reviews
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Green Lakes Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sunriver, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Green Lakes Trail #17 actually extends northward from the Green Lakes basin to skirt the eastern flanks of all three of the Sisters until it intersects with the Scotts Pass Trail #4068. Total one way distance is 22.4 miles.

18 hours ago

One of my favorite hikes of Central Oregon, this is my 7th time hiking it! pretty easy hike. Starts along the creek by some beautiful waterfalls and makes it's way to the base of south sister. Makes good trail running if your up for it. very pretty!

hiking
3 days ago

The approach isn't that interesting - a walk along the river with only occasional views, but the basin around Green Lake is lovely. In mid-June there were still a few snow patches but easily negotiable.

16 days ago

This was an amazing hike from start to finish! The majority of the time you are next to the river and in a pine forest that provides some nice shade. The last third or so is opposite the old lava/obsidian flow, which provides for some other worldly sights as well. The finale at the lakes is just spectacular and well worth the effort to get there. It really is a hike with something for everyone. At this time of year (June 7) the trail was still about 50-60% snow-covered, but the path in the snow was well worn and easy enough to follow. The lakes are partially frozen still, but that just adds to the beauty. I can see why this trail is so popular but ended up seeing only about 10 other hikers on the path.

hiking
25 days ago

I did the hike over Memorial Day weekend and the trail was still 90% covered in snow. I would definitely recommend waterproof shoes/yak tracks/snow shoes. The lakes were still frozen over but still beautiful as ever. The two lakes sit in between broken top and south sister. Give yourself more time than you think. The snow makes it difficult to follow the trail.

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

5/20/18: Amazing hike with great views. Still a lot of snow (~4-5 foot drifts). Might need to wait a little later in the season to get easier access to the trails.

horseback riding
5 months ago

My favorite time of year to hike the Green Lakes trail is in the late summer to see the wildflowers. I've also been in the late fall (snowfall permitting) though and it was just as beautiful!

backpacking
7 months ago

Awesome hike, haven’t done it in a year or so but looking forward to my next trip. Camped up here then went up the side of south sister

backpacking
7 months ago

Are there enough campsites around the lake for backpackers

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Not a lot of switchbacks or steep climbs. Beautiful views. I loved hiking along the water.

8 months ago

Hi, for those who recently hiked the trail Do I need to worry about snow on some trails? thanks

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike along Fall Creek to Green Lakes. Arrived at the trailhead around 9am and had no trouble parking. The views of South Sister and Broken Top were spectacular, not to mention the beautiful creek and lakes.

hiking
9 months ago

Great rewards for this hike…. rapid flowing mountain stream with rapids, water falls and wild flowers. Ending at two lakes with outstanding view of South Sister and Broken Top mountains! It has it all. NFS guide list this as the most popular hike in Oregon. We could see why! Note to travelers (as of August 2017)… coming from Bend there is no sign on Cascades Parkway for trailhead parking! You enter on the right at the construction stop light and can miss if not paying attention (we did).

backpacking
9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike. Stopped at Green Lake and camped for the night. Do not be discouraged by the fact that this is 'highly trafficked.' We saw some trail runners and other day hike/backpackers, but nothing excessive, on a Saturday and Sunday. Everyone was kind and helpful. Bottom of the trail is more populated, by the time you get to Green lake there are less people. Planning a through hike to Green, then gold lake, then out via the Park Meadow trail, for next year.

The smaller green lake isn't that cold in August, I recommend going for a dip if your joints are hurting at all.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike, even in the snow. We went in lateJune-earlyJuly, I would certainly go back to see it in the summer.

10 months ago

Easy ascent to the lakes. Would be nice for trail running

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing hike. Parking lot full by 10:30
Monday AM. Had to park in trailer spot, cost $5. A few steep hills but mostly slight incline to lake and slight decline to return. Go to second lake not first lake. Green lake is just past the first lake you come to. Waterfalls, butterflies, foot bridges. Had to carry the dog over 2 of them as she was not having any part of crossing the river on a log. AllTrails indicates hike is 9.1 miles, map my run indicates length is 11.4 miles. Long hike but well worth the views!

hiking
10 months ago

-Completed on 8/5/2017
The trail was completely snow free. The first 3/4 of the trail is pretty level/moderate with a ton of small waterfalls and river views. Wildflowers are out like crazy right now. The first lake you come across has a great view of Broken Top reflecting if low wind. Stay on the trail to continue up a steep portion that leads to an upper viewpoint with unobstructed views of Broken Top and South Sister. The view is AMAZING and well worth the steep hike of the last section. Green Lake is next to the first lake you see, and is not the final stopping point of the trail. Green Lake offers an incredible view of South Sister. One of the best hikes in the state

10 months ago

Gorgeous! Very moderate climb and flat last mile
To lake. Wildflowers galore and butterflies everywhere. Mostly shaded and cooler as you start to reach lake. Great to escape hot summer heat.

10 months ago

Gorgeous! Very moderate climb and flat last mile
To lake. Wildflowers galore and butterflies everywhere. Mostly shaded and cooler as you start to reach lake. Great to escape hot summer heat.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing! Great moderate hike, plenty of things to see along the way.

10 months ago

Fantastic hike, jumping into the lake is worth the cold shock.

backpacking
10 months ago

Not much snow on the trail anymore (7/25/17.) Gradient is pretty mellow until the switchbacks towards the end of the hike. More trails than the Forest Service camp spot map shows. Before heading up the final small hill before the lake, stay right on the hiking path instead of left up the gravel walkway. This will lead you to find the camp spots MUCH easier. Bring your skeeter spray! Pretty buggy up there.

10 months ago

We hiked this with our 13 and 11 year olds, plus a dog. We all had a fantastic time. It's a moderate hike with some switchbacks in the last mile, with two lakes at the end. Don't stop at the first one or you'll miss the bigger and better one! The rangers greeting us at the beginning and end were great. Btw - bring $5 for parking!

11 months ago

awesome hike. mostly flat. about 30-40% of the trail was covered in snow.

hiking
11 months ago

Hike on Monday 07/10/2017. Took my two kids (11 year old boy and 14 year old daughter) with me. Still a lots of snow on the second half. Do not forget to take sunglasses because you will be on the snow for quite some time. (And hat and sunscreen of course.) We were in T-Shirt the whole time. Otherwise the hike is beautiful indeed. The trail follows Fall Creek all the way to Green Lakes. Fall Creek is beautiful. Many many falls along the way. The lake is very nice as well.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Uphill the entire way to the lake which results in a long downhill return. The lake setting is rewarding once you arrive. There's still quite a bit of snow the last half mile or so.

11 months ago

Great, enjoyable hike!! Did it today (1/2 way anyway) with my amazing 81 year old dad!! When the trail meets the first set of trailside rapids, TAKE A RIGHT along the river 75' and go down to the base of the waterfalls. MOST miss this waterfall.

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic hike! Beautiful scenery. Enjoyed hiking through the snow. Totally worth it!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike along Falls Creek to Green Lake. I was surprised how amazing the views of the creek were, lots of small water falls. snow the last mile, but melting fast.

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