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Trillium Lake Loop Trail is a 3.1 kilometer 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.

Length 3.1 km Elevation gain 8 m 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

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Getting There

Note: 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.

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

NOTE: A portion of the boardwalk is closed due to the need to replace a section of rotting wood. Visitors may walk to either end of the closed section but it is not possible to walk all the way around the lake at this time. Directions from Sandy: Follow Hwy. 26 two miles east of Government Camp to signs for Trillium Lake. Go south two miles on Road 2656, pass the campground and continue to the day use area where the trail begins.

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Reviews (760)
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Recordings (552)
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Sara C
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Hiking

very easy hike, family friendly, lots of people and campsites around the trail

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Kelly Fennell
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Hiking

By 9:30 am on a Friday, already buzzing with people. The path around the lake was a pretty little nature walk and would be great for kids. Nice views of Mt Hood, but super crowded with only about half of the people wearing masks to pass. The whole path is passable, just be careful on the “closed” section— there are some rotted out boards on the boardwalks. $10 fee to park unless you have a NW Forest Pass.

James Murtagh
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Rita J
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Fun trail but gets to a muddy point and you need to go around it

Clisby White
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Part of the trail was closed for construction/repair when I was out there almost 2 months ago. But it looked like enough people had walked through the woods around the closed sections so there is still a way around. Lake is very pretty with the reflection of the mountain in it. Glad I stopped here for the day.

Zoe Kuegle
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Hiking

Short flat trail. Nice little hike to end the day.

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Andrew Marderstein
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Hiking

Beautiful view of Mt. Hood. The lake water was warm, and a lot of people were swimming and boating. There is also a campground here- you can camp right on the lake. Very easy hike.

Niako Yip
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Paola Piccioli
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To make the hike longer, I parked at the sno-park and started from there. The first half a mile I walked on the paved street where the cars pass, then the trail starts by the campground, which is about 2 miles long and in the shade of the forest. I then did the loop around the lake and came back, making it about a 7 miles little hike which I really enjoyed! Trail to get to the lake is very easy with barely any incline, and I didn't meet anybody while walking it. Loop trail around the lake is partially closed, with the closed parts doable, but not in great shape. The lake is gorgeous. There were many people being the weekend, but I still felt there was plenty of space. All in all a very beautiful place, definitely family friendly.

Megan Schroeder
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Hiking

I’m glad we got to see Mount Hood but the trail was very anti-climatic to me. We just did this a little hike to stretch our legs while driving. The area was super super busy and the views from the trail just weren’t that exciting,

Krista T.
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Hiking

Very easy hike with spectacular views. Get here early to get parking and have some privacy by the lake.

Sarah Leland
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Hiking

Absolutely DO NOT visit this lake on a weekend! The crowds were so large and people were being ticketed for parking in the wrong areas. The lake would be gorgeous if it didn't have 100 people floating, swimming, screaming and boating on it. We didn't stay long once we saw how crowded it was by 1030a (we knew it would be bad, just not that bad). The trail itself is technically not a loop as part of it is "closed" across the marsh due to broken and failing boards. This is not clearly marked however, so we made it across without much incident before we realized the boards we stepped over were meant to be a hindrance. Zero privacy to be had and no open areas to sit along the lake this particular weekend. Looking forward to trying on a weekday or later in the season!

Cynthia LaPlante
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Hiking

Very easy, nice and short. Went here to take some photos as the lake offered amazing views! The day use area is (I would guess) a little over a mile away off the main road so don’t be mislead by the parking lot at the beginning of the turn in! Parking pass required.

Chris W.
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Hiking

Hiked 7/11/20. The views of Mt Hood are as awesome as they say... very cool crater lake super close. However it felt like Disneyland with tons of people fishing and grilling and swimming. Almost no room on the trail, and parking was completely overloaded by 10am. Glad to check it off my list, but probably not worth the hassle of a 2nd visit.

George McCleary
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Hiking

Cool little short hike, definitely not off the beaten path. The campground and day use area is basically MTV spring break except for with fat people. On the opposite side of the lake is peaceful and tranquil.

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Ashley Woodland
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Hiking

My husband and I took our three kids with a double stroller and ignored the closed signs. Whoops haha our bad. We had to be real careful with the path over the water due to it needing construction but it was quite an adventure! The hike itself wasn’t too crowded but anything next to the water was way too crowded for us. A lot of people fishing, paddle boarding and swimming. They had rental stuff if you want to get in.

Kim Koga
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike around Trillium Lake included many picture taking opportunities of the majestic Mt. Hood. Most of the 2 mile hike was shaded and flat. A portion of the hike was closed off but a short detour onto a less frequented path led right back to the main trail. Overall very beautiful! Lots of parking and would definitely recommend to those wanting to stretch their legs and do some sightseeing.

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Lea Sheldahl
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Did the full loop, not sure that it was the smartest to take the closed portion of boardwalk. It was pretty flimsy and overgrown in one part. It is a beautiful walk, there are lots of nearby campers.

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Warren Mccarty
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Hiking

Easy to get to and a great day. Crowded but, beautiful + easy = crowded, right! There’s dispersed camping on the right just as you come in. There’s a trail from the dispersed camping area to the lake then you can do the loop. Sunset was wonderful as the lake quieted down and became mirror like. Great photo opportunity for a beautiful shot of Mt. Hood.

Jesus Orozco
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Tim Murphy
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Hiking

Amazing views of Mt. Hood. Nice trail that runs through the woods and has views for large parts of the hike. Only downside is that it’s a narrow trail in parts that is pretty crowded. Certainly worth seeing.

Chair K
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Bridge out

We enjoyed this quick trail! We hiked it on July 9. It was cloudy, so we did not get a great glimpse of the mountain which was a bummer. The boardwalk is reported as closed and there really is no other way to get around the lake. There were a lot of people fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Our Google maps reported the trailhead beginning 2 miles before the lake. We ended up following the signs to trillium lake and parking by the dam. The trailhead is right near the dam. Enjoy!

Liz Carazo
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Hiking

Part of trail closed had to turn around. Beautiful views

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Jaimie Gosselin
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Hiking

Great short hike. The best views of the reflection of Mt Hood are by the beach. If the parking is full near the beach head over to the boat launch area. The complete trail is Navigable as others have stated if you walk past the one cone and be careful with your footing.

Daniel Craig
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HikingBridge out

Note on the boardwalk: a portion of the boardwalk is marked as “closed for repairs”, though a frequent user of the lake told me the boardwalk has been marked that way for five years now (waiting on funding). The boardwalk is passable but certainly weak in spots. Use caution. The views from the south side of the lake are magnificent!

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Kevin Janders
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Hiking

Can you park next to the lake currently? Or do you have to hike into the lake

Leo Pichette
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There’s a section that is technically closed but you can walk through.

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Izzy Mize
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