Green Lakes Trail

MODERATE 219 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
1,187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

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.

backpacking
7 minutes ago

Beautiful hike and wonderful camp spots! Definitely going again! Bring your bug spray.

hiking
2 hours ago

amazing but if you want solitude don'g go between Friday-Sunday.

hiking
10 days ago

Anyone who's been there recently have a mosquito report? Thanks!

hiking
18 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Had a nice snack at the lake once we got there. I'd suggest going early. We go up there at 7am and it wasn't too crowded. Started heading down again after 9am & passed a lot of people coming up, parking lot was packed when we got down & lots of cars parked on the road leading in.

backpacking
21 days ago

Great first hike. Beautiful scenery.

backpacking
1 month ago

Completed as a quick overnight. Arrived late afternoon on the Saturday and was quite surprised that we were able to get a parking spot. Most people were day hikers and were leaving as we were headed up. The mosquitoes were out in full force, but our bug spray kept most away. Pretty views of the sunset glow on Broken Top and sunrise glow on South Sister.

hiking
1 month ago

It was awesome, minus the mosquitos! We forgot bug repellent so that is on us. We plan to do this one again soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Great family hike. The third lake is definitely the best! Beautiful view almost the entire hike.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a great hike! Did it with a 20 lb pack and it wasn’t too bad (I’m new to hiking) The trail is maintained very well and the lake is beautiful from every angle. Plan to do again and hammock out over night!

1 month ago

it was stunning..start early the parking lot is packed

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with Golden Retrievers (on leash) in July. Start early - this is a popular trail. You’ll need mosquito repellant!

Bring $5 for a pass in the parking area, and don’t forget to get a free backcountry permit at the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorites in the area, and today was no different. Just small patches of snow left here and there. Mosquitoes were in full force - I forgot the bug spray and got destroyed.

1 month 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
1 month 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.

2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

2 months 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
7 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
9 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
9 months ago

Are there enough campsites around the lake for backpackers

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
11 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
11 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.

Friday, August 11, 2017

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

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!

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