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Green Lakes is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sisters, 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.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 1,187 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Fishing Hiking Snowshoeing Bird watching Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Snow
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Getting There

Note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and it's easy to take a wrong turn.

There is good parking at the trailhead with public restrooms.

Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

Directions from Bend: Green Lakes Trailhead is 27 miles west of Bend on Century Drive, off Hwy. 46 at Fall Creek. Northwest Forest Pass required.

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Paul Walrath
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HikingGreat!

Just to add to my previous post - From doing a little research, I believe the animal I saw on the trail was an American Pine Marten. Also, let me correct the date of my hike. It was September 28th.

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Paul Walrath
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Yesterday, Monday September 29, 2020, I did this hike. It was very enjoyable and one of the best maintained trails I've been on this summer. The trail follows Fall Creek with lots of beautiful rapids, falls, and just simple peaceful flows. There are plenty of places to stop, rest, and enjoy the beauty of nature. I would rate the trail on the easy side of moderate. When you get near Green Lake, the trail opens up with great views of South Sister and Broken Top. Early on in the hike, I did see some wildlife up ahead on the trail. I couldn't tell what it was. It looked like a cat but the body shape wasn't quite right. It was shaped more like a ferret. Could there be feral cats out here? Maybe it was a small Lynx or Bobcat. I didn't see it long enough to identify since I deliberately made some noise and scared it into the forest. I hiked up between 9 am and 11:30 am. I encountered about five hikers on their way down. I hiked down between 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm. I encountered about twenty-five to thirty hikers on their way up. When I got back down the parking lot was full and cares were parked up and down both sides of the highway. The weather was perfect. This was the best hike I've done this summer. Five Stars.

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Toni Cleland
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This hike had a bit of everything! Waterfalls, creek crossings, gorgeous views of South Sister, Broken Top, Bachelor and more, lakes, alpine meadows, and lava beds! We started on Green Lakes trail 17 and then looped back on Soda Creek Falls. Trail was well marked in spite of warning - just a bit confusing at one point but we figured it out pretty quickly. It was cold this morning but warmed up nicely so we were glad to have layers. Lots of people and cute dogs on the trail but everyone was friendly. Definitely will be doing this one again!

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Cassie Mielke
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one of my favorite trails near Bend!

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Kendall Schultz
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Well marked, busy but people were courteous on the trail. Several good views!

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Teresa Keight
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Great trail but very busy. We backpacked in and easily found a spot to camp on a Sunday morning. Please pick up trash along the way. It’s become very busy with tourists and could use some off time for sure!

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Joe Forest
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Casual trail. Not busy in the fall. Gorgeous!

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Grace Pulver
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Awesome trail. Tried to take the other way over to the south sister trail but the trail was hard to follow so we doubled back.

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Regina Galieva
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Diverse scenery, clean trail, friendly people and playful dogs. Loved every minute of this hike!

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Chandler Weiser
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Katy Plott
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Went on a Smokey day (Oregon wildfires) but it was still so pretty! Could not see all mountains in the background but could see across the lake and slight outline of terrain in the distance. Not too difficult, but it was a great workout just due to the length. I ended up doing 10.7 with some picture detours along the way and at the Green Lakes.

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Caitlin Parsley
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Amazing hike

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Kerith Rothfeld
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One of my favorite hikes! It’s got everything: waterfalls galore, shade, views of mountains and a lake reward to swim and lunch. Dogs loved it. They could wade and drink from the creek.

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Melissa Gerner
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Amazing hike. Took us 5 hours to go out and back, enjoying both lakes and taking a few breaks with the doggos. 10/10 would recommend. Bring lots of water!!!!

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Luke G
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Angie Gibson
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Loved this trail.

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Deanna Chafe
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Hiked up along river, so beautiful. Lake so peaceful.

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Greg Allen
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Kyle Stewart
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BackpackingGreat!

Beautiful trail, great views along river and beautiful lakes with mountain behind.

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Abby Wisniewski
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Best hike I’ve ever been on!! The trail was easy to follow, the views at the lake were absolutely stunning. My dog even mastered walking across logs over the river. We will never forget this one.

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Lorainne Patiño
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I’d say one of the best hikes I’ve ever done and the view you get when you make it to the river makes it even better!

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Natalie Luu
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Surprisingly pleasant hike! Although it was almost 10 miles, it wasn't too steep and the path was well maintained. The Green Lakes were beautiful and easily accessible. I'd definitely consider backpacking and camping there.

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Tim Brekke
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Beautiful hike

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Shawn Tallman
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This is one of the best trails we have hiked and the scenery is absolutely incredible!! We will be returning soon!!

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Riaad van der Merwe
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Such a beautiful hike, all along a creek with a few water crossings, but you won’t get wet. It was a tad busy, but nothing crazy in the early morning at least. Really one of the most scenic hikes I’ve ever done.

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Sarah Marie
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BackpackingGreat!

This trail is perfection, steady climb along the creek, but PSA please keep your dogs on a leash! I had two close calls on the way down this morning with unleashed dogs. You’re risking everyone’s safety even if you think your dog is friendly. I left the trail head around 3:30pm on Saturday. Not nearly as many folks hiking around this time than the amount I saw this morning. Spot 8 was open for camping it’s tucked into the trees. 10 seems better as it’s up on a hill with a view but you are exposed to the wind. A ranger came in and checked in with me about 6:30 pm they are trying to educate everyone on leave no trace.

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Devon McConnell
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BackpackingGreat!

The trail was beautiful all the way up - good tree cover, great views / scenery and all along a river with some waterfalls. Not too strenuous even with our 8 and 10 YO. We backpacked and stayed two nights by the first lake. Great time. The campsites are all spread out so takes some time to stake them out, but appreciate how separate they are. The kids loved finding frogs in the lake and we all enjoyed swimming. It’s a busy trail for a reason but when you get up to the lakes it’s a large spread out area so doesn’t feel crowded. Great trip - highly recommend.

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Sarah Cruz
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Very fun! Moderate hike (I’m not an avid hiker) a long the river and the payoff at the end is worth it!

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Ben Greenwald
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Greatness!

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Tom Mailey
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My wife and I put this in our top 5 trails ever. Absolutely beautiful hike, first through forest then opening up a bit to near the end of the trail, with an awesome tumbling creek a near constant trailside companion (including a few waterfalls). The trail ends about 4.5 miles in an open, pumice-covered flat with assorted alpine trees here and there, and 2 of the 3 Green lakes easily accessible. And on either side, the steep shoulders of Broken Top and South Sister rising to the east and west, respectively. The lakes are clear, chilly but refreshing and while we didn’t catch anything with our fly rods, we saw a few jump. The whole thing is 9 miles round trip and pretty strenuous in places (esp since you’re at elevation) but if you’re in decent shape you can do it. Bring food, sunscreen and plenty of water and enjoy the hell out of it. We sure did

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