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Trillium use to be something of beauty.
Although the view will always be there..
The lake sticks&full of endless dead fish.
There's plenty of trash laying all about.
Disrespectful.
Besides being so heavy in traffic-any of the multiple lakes with less crowds will suit better!

Great climb up to the top of Thielsen! The route is snow-free and tail is well-defined, basically up to the pinnacle.

For the summit pinnacle, head to the east face (right side) and look for a small gully. From the top of the gully, begin your accent on the far right and stay on that side for the entire scramble, shading slightly back to the south (left).

Not a terrible scramble if you're experienced, maybe class IV... if you don't have experience this one will scare the crap out of you due to its exposure.

Message me if you have questions! Cheers.

(Summit video: https://youtu.be/L9hKVbqGKtY )

Beautiful hike and well worth the miles, but there are some ailments!
First off, just an FYI, when you get to the pay station you DO NOT have to pay the day use fee! That’s only for the actual swimming and picnic area. When you drive through the campground, you’ll come to a trailhead and a big sign that says “trailhead parking, no fee”. It doesn’t say this at the pay station, which was a pain bc we ended up paying the fee!
You’ll actually start at the Badger Lake Trailhead and not the Fourmile one. Once you start, you’ll see a sign that will point you in the right direction. Throughout the rest, the hike is very poorly labeled. We got turned around multiple times and ended up on a portion of the PCT for a third of the hike (making us miss the top of the loop where a multitude of lakes and a canyon is). The PCT cut off will spit you back on the trail, but other than the trail head, none of the directional signs say Fourmile. So when you get to splits, make sure you check your GPS and go the right way. We ended up taking on almost 3 extra miles bc of this. There are also many fallen trees across the trail towards the last half, one pile so bad you have to leave the trail and trek around it to hop back on trail. This did not bother us, but may cause problems for others. Also, when you reach the end of the trail and try to go back to your cars... it’s super hard to find the trailhead again. Just hit the main road in the campground and walk back around. Save yourself the trouble we had of walking in circles trying to find the end trail where we had specifically started. Woo, that is all. Ps: bring deet.

Veda and Mirror are preferable to Trillium Lake. Crowds are awful. Trail is in utter disrepair. Signage sucks. It was overcast, therefore views of Mount Hood were non-existent.

To call this a hike would be a bit of an exaggeration. Went on a Sunday in August and it was so packed it took us about 10 minutes to find a parking spot. Entire lake was full of people on floaties and kayaks and paddle boards, all of the beaches were loaded with people... Just not the place to be if you're looking for a peaceful hike. That being said, if being at a busy beach is your scene, it was a beautiful beach with an incredible view of Mt. Hood, but it wasn't my thing.

It was the perfect weather, the smoke had cleared, and conditions were ideal!
The first part of the hike is pretty easy, up to the point where you intersect with the PCT.
Then the real elevation gain starts and it gets pretty tenuous on the loose rocks.
The climb to the summit is easy climbing, and we did it with minimal trad gear- I placed one piece of pro about 50’ up and there are plenty of places to anchor at the top.
Views are phenomenal, and exposure is significant but not crazy.
Rappelling off needs a 60 plus meter rope to get all the way to the base of the climb.
Super loose scree slope the way we went down which was fun in some places, and treacherous in others. Recommend ankle high boots or ankle gaiters to keep the rocks out.

Not a bad little workout. Unfortunately barely any scenery and no waterfalls. Other downer is that you’re constantly dodging mountain bikers...and I mean CONSTANTLY!! The mountain road to the trailhead is tons of fun if you have a sports car tho

I mean for a city trail, it’s amazing, clean, hills, good scenery.

Beautiful waterfalls!!

Great hike but hit it early to avoid congestion.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike, although the mosquitoes by some of the lakes were pretty intense. I used PCT as a cutoff to avoid the unmaintained far sections, hike still came in at 14.2 miles

Super tough hike. Totally worth it though, I almost made it to the summit but I was by myself with no climbing gear. The worst part was going down the huge decline with a lot of loose rocks and pebbles. I would DEFINITELY recommend going with someone and bringing climbing gear!!

hiking
16 days ago

Fun hike and climb! The last bit was daunting!

This was a nice trail, we started at Tumalo Creek trail and arrived st the visitors parking area to a great view of falls from a distance. I was tired but wanted to get closer and possibly underneath but didn’t do it. Hopefully before we leave I’d like to get to the visitor area on top of falls!

Definitely not an easy climb. Pretty warm and dry up at the top in mid July. Recommend lots of water, trekking poles, buff or hoodie. Bug spray for the lower part of the trail is mandatory as well. The only confusion came is when you hit the cross trial of the PCT. The trail up the mountain is not maker at all. To get to it is strait between the fork in the road after a few steps you will pick it up fairly easy. From that point on it gets rocky so take your time.

Great for new hikers with kids.

This is not the correct “trail” to tell people to go on. It is a sandy/dirt road, lined with telephone poles. We were the only people on it, on what would be a typical busy Saturday. They need to update his app information to have people go on the actual hiking trail. Yes, this will eventually will lead you to the falls, which is breathtaking, but this was not scenic at all, you just pass by mounds of dead brush and trees waiting to get burned. I would look up the Peter Skene Ogden trail instead

hiking
29 days ago

Very outback and not much hikers around and a bit sketchy , I started from Government Camp to the Timberline Lodge, the trails were so rocky and an even pavement, a good ankle support is a must, lots of mosquitoes, there’s not much view except the Mt. Hood. A moderate to somewhat difficult hike.

Very nice hike. The trail can be accessed from either the Paulina Lodge or the paved parking lot right off the road. It is clearly marked. The views from the south side of the creek are most striking and the short trail to the bottom of the falls is good for all ages. Very easy access to stone lookout points on the south side. Not sure how there could be confusion about the easment under the power lines being the trail. The longer trail described above is actually on the north side of the creek (opposite the road and parking lot). It is easily accessed from lodge/boat launch parking area. Trail begins parallel to the creek and there is a stone lookout platform on the north side of the creek as well. Beyond that is a very nice trail which meanders through the piney woods and often offers glimpses of the creek. High desert wildflowers and birds are also part of the nice walk. We saw osprey and their nest. Overall, a very nice hike.
It was pleasant even in late July.

trail running
1 month ago

I didn't find the scenery on this hike that great compared to the countless other nearby options that are breathtaking. I would rate this more like a moderate, NOT easy if you are doing the full Glade Trail including the extra part shown here (it may be easy when there's snow). It's pretty steep and there are parts that are very rocky and could be slippery. It appears the high ratings are during winter, I went in July.

The route shown is not correct, it shows more like how the crow flies, not the actual trail which had some windy sections. Also, the trailhead for Glade is down the street. This route has you walking on Skyline and then joining with Glade. Lastly, my Garmin tracked this at closer to 7.5 - 8 miles total.

I did like it to train for Hood to Coast. I hiked up to the top and ran down, there were areas I had to walk but I'm new to trail running. The steepness and distance is similar to leg 1 of the race IMO. That was the purpose of me coming here, so I would keep it as a training run or way to walk to Timberline from Government Camp, but not for scenery.

Fun loop but much of the boardwalk is in disrepair. We went around cautiously and enjoyed the wildflowers.

hiking
1 month ago

this is absolutely NOT an easy hike. I’m not sure what people are speaking of here... I regularly hike 10+ mountainous miles and this ~7.5 mile up then down hike that ends right at the legendary Timberline Lodge deserves a tag somewhere between moderate and difficult. 95% of the hike is a decent grade, but there are a few very steep sections on slippery rocks. Most of the hike had views of the Mt Hood peak above, and of Trillium Lake below.

Lots and lots of deer + elk sign, little predator sign in some bark scratching and trail marking scat. Not too much human impact.


overall GREAT experience. 4 stars instead of 5 because the top was extremely busy and it was a little “monotonous” if I’m being picky. I prefer some scenery change in a hike but this was as close to 5 stars as it gets!

Fantastic hike, you can walk almost directly underneath the waterfall!

great hike. not bad at all if in halfway decent shape. tons of mosquitos so wear strong stuff
blast through the woods to ridgeline and then it gets rocky. there is a meandering trail that can be easy to lose in the shale. don't trust footing it will betray you. give person in front space.
final scramble is cake. pilot rock is more technical, no rope in needed.

Has a cool vibe and would recommend if you are able to make the trip. It seems there can be some sketchy people in the area, but everything was fine for us. :)

A portion of the trail was closed due to construction. In June 2018. We followed others around the closed part and enjoyed the views. There were a lot of people fishing and swimming who appeared to be have a blast. Be sure to check availability for camping before you go. It was completely filled that week.

Great hike! We chose the easier way to the left. We logged 8.7 miles with this app. It took us right around 3 hours. The only off trail spur we went on was the one to lookout tower. That couldn’t have been more that a half mile. Next time we will try the more difficult way to the right. So beautiful!

Didn’t summit but hiked in 4 miles to the ridge overlooking the avalanche valley and peak and camped overnight . Incredible view.

Snowshoed this loop in the winter and it was beautiful. A couple of downsides: the trail is very narrow so you have to be paying attention to skiers or mountain bikers coming downhill, it wasn't super well marked in the winter and we ended up going a mile in the wrong direction. I'd love to try this again in the fall when the leaves change!

This is one of my favorite afternoon loops. It's an easy and peaceful walk!

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