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Trillium Lake Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Mount Hood National Forest

Trillium Lake Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

snow

closed

A portion of the boardwalk is currently closed due to construction. Visitors may walk around the lake to either side of the closed area, but it is not possible to complete the full loop at this time. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53514. NOTE: The road leading to the lake may close which adds approximately 2 miles to the entire length of the hike.

hiking
closed
7 days ago

Closed with rangers guarding entrance 5/15

snowshoeing
snow
2 months ago

3/22/2020: We snowshoed but many people only wore hiking boots. Left our car at the snowpark on the highway and hiked into the lake. As of late March the ice is still thick enough to walk on. After the dam on the west end we took a logging road back which added on a couple more miles. There are some beautiful snow-covered meadows back there as well. A nice escape from things during the COVID-19 pandemic.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Enjoy the quietness of it all!! Walk across the lake was surreal.

running
snow
2 months ago

recorded Recording - Mar 11, 03:14 PM

hiking
2 months ago

This place is absolutely amazing.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Loved this snowy stroll around Trillium Lake! The clouds cleared up to beautiful blue skies in the early afternoon, and the snow was really easy to walk on with just boots. Saw some snowshoers and micro spikes, which seemed unnecessary. Lots of cross-country skiers, too. Since the campground road is closed to cars in the winter, we had to hike to the lake first. My fitness tracker recorded 2mi to the lake, 1mi looping around it, and another 2mi back - 5mi total. We had no trouble parking at 1pm, and the traffic wasn’t too heavy, either. Overall, a really pleasant hike!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

This route starts at end of parking lot, entering the Red Top Meadow Trail. The trail ends at the Trillium Rd. turning left on the road, in a few feet enter the Trillum Mountain Bike Trail. Follow the blue diamond markers thru the forest untill you come to fork in the road. Sign on tree has 2 arrows. Turn right to vontinue aling north west side of lake. Pink ribbons on trees mark trail which opens up to the dam..You are in road for a few feet before entering back on trail around the other side of lake. Follow blue diamonds till you get back to sign on tree. Turn right back onto Bike Trail. Return back to car on Red Top Meadow trail.

snowshoeing
snow
2 months ago

Got to parking lot at about 11am and found a spot without trouble. It wasn't as busy as I was anticipating. You don't really need snowshoes until you to get down to the lake but we wore them anyway and stayed on the sides where it was deeper. We got to see beautiful Mt. Hood for a bit before the clouds moved in. A lot of trails you could mob around on if you wanted to get away from the crowds and get into some deeper snow. Cheers!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Good trail for first time snowshoeing! Very sunny out with a light wind chill. (03/01/2020). We left the main path and it definitely had less people. Highly recommend leaving the main trail.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Snowshoed. Not too busy today and caught some views of beautiful Mt. Hood before the clouds moved in. Hike is about 2 miles longer than description, road to lake is closed during the winter. Didn't really need snow shoes down to the lake but we wore them anyway, definitely needed them once we got off the road. We got to the parking lot around 11am and found a parking spot without any trouble. Cheers!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice day today. But it adds 2 miles extra from parking lot

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

We took the forest service road to the campground and cut over to the lake via the campground trails. Traversed across and around the frozen lake with our snow shoes and then headed back via the forest service road in normal snow boots. A gorgeous bluebird morning well spent!!!!

hiking
blowdown
snow
3 months ago

Nice trail, I was this first one out there this morning (2/8/20) and it was a little hard to stay on the trail at some parts especially the sound and East sides of the lake, glad I got there when I did, the parking lot was completely full by the time I got back at about 10:00 am, go early

hiking
3 months ago

Is there enough snow to do some snowshoeing g this weekend? Any feedback would be great!

hiking
icy
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
off trail
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
4 months ago

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

I've stayed away from Trillium Lake for years due to the crowds. Today I went up early and it didn't matter as the parking lot was already half full. When we left, cars were parked all the way out in Hwy 26. It was pretty but just way too many people. This is the Disneyland of trails.

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

For now it was definitely snowshoe or ski condition. Go earlier you can get perfect trail

snowshoeing
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Overall good snowshoeing conditions. If you are hoping to do the true Trillium Lake Loop for snowshoeing you will be disappointed as many have been hiking on it, so it’s muddy. However, if you stay on the campground/road loop around the lake you will be happy. Still great views of the lake. On average would say snow is 6-8” on the ground.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike around the loop today even though we couldn't see the views of 'her majesty' through the gray sky. We carried our snowshoes the whole time. Not a huge amount of snow and it was packed down. Not too crowded on the first part of our hike. The last stretch fresh powder was falling down hard.

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

Beautiful day with light snowfall. I started late at 1pm so it was VERY busy. Parking hard to find. No chains required today though. Many people were snowshoeing, skiing, and sledding. It had been a while since I was here, so I forgot that it’s 2 miles in from the trailhead just to get to the lake. Which makes this a 6 mile trek if you do the whole thing. Was not prepared for that this late in the day with sun going down. Recommend starting early if you want to do the whole thing! Otherwise great day and amazing pics.

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