Linton Lake Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 711 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

muddy

Easy trail wanders through forest and lava flow, to Linton Lake. Great hike for kids with very little elevation gain.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail! We didn’t make it to the falls. After you cross the creek the trail is difficult to find and follow. The water also looked a bit high, which could have been the problem.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this hike to the lake a couple of weeks ago, the 13th. Much quieter than the nearby Proxy Falls loop which was nice. Didn't make it to the falls, should have researched it better beforehand, didn't realize there wasn't an established trail. Will try for it next time!

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blowdown
muddy
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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Loved it. The fall colors are perfect and it’s a mushroom heaven right now. The lake has high elevation lichen and algae and moss making the tundra vibes seem other-worldly. If you make the scramble up to Linton falls the trails are scattered and laden with recently burnt trees and rocks you have to hop over, but it’s worth it. Keep Linton creek to your right, follow the sound of the falls and head as high up as you can to make it to the viewpoint. It’s stunning.

hiking
7 months ago

Fantastic trail with beautiful old growth forests and a stunning lake at the end. The only issue we had was at the end of the trail (right at the lake campsite), it looks like there was a landslide or wildfire so the trail was very unclear. There's apparently a waterfall after that section but we couldnt find it, so that became our turnaround point. We'll definitely be back!

recorded Linton Lake Trail

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blowdown
8 months ago

Nice little hike. The high point isn’t really the lake though, it’s the waterfall. Unfortunately the trail to the falls isn’t exactly established so happy scrambling.

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muddy
scramble
8 months ago

The waterfalls are magical. I'm glad I wore my hiking boots rather than sneakers as it can get muddy by the lake and you will climbing over a ton of fallen trees. We followed instructions from Outbound Collective to get to the falls. Keep the creek to your right and make sure you go to the second falls. Coming down from the waterfalls, we were told there are up to 5 waterfalls if you keep going and want even more of a challenge. We did see a snake. eeek. A memorable hike!

hiking
8 months ago

It was me, my twin 8 year olds and one steong 5 year old boy. The hike in was super easy. hike out required a few more water breaks. we had a wonderful time and the lake felt great. this trip was 2nd weekend in August. no bugs, great time.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike with family to the lake. In our attempt to cross the creek to hike to falls, I slipped on mossy rocks. Unfortunately we had to turn around and never made it to the falls. Guess we need to keep this on this list for another go next summer.

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muddy
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

The main trail provides a nice and easy path to the lake. We did make the trek to Linton Falls, which was more of an adventure!

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muddy
off trail
scramble
10 months ago

Nice shady walk through old growth forest to the lake. It was a bit soggy around the lake shore where seeping water creates mud. Not a problem in hiking boots but damp in canvas shoes. To reach Linton Falls you must scramble through bushes and over logs but the rewards of the falls are achieved. Path was hard to follow but keeping the creek on the right you will find the falls. No bugs and saw no other hikers on the day I went.

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
11 months ago

A bit disappointed. There is quite a bit of blowdown that prevents access to the lake for the most part. The redeeming part is the beautiful old growth forest, but this is one I will probably skip in the future.

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bugs
muddy
washed out
11 months ago

A little disappointed with this hike. The lake was not at all what I was expecting. No place to really hang by the water . Not very relaxing .

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