Explore the most popular birding trails near Government Camp with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The bugs were hard to get over. It was difficult to enjoy the hike while getting eaten alive.

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.

Nice walk to the lookout tower. No snow when I went, easy to follow and the views at the end are amazing. Check it out some time for sure!

Nice trail! Well maintained and for as busy as we expected it to be based on the cars we didn’t really run into to many people on the trail. The lake was not what I would call a mirror but is was about noon and there were plenty of people enjoying the water. I’d love to do this again in the winter with snowshoes.

Beautiful views of Mts. Jefferson, Sisters and Bachelor on a clear day. As another reviewer stated, this hike was approximately 6 miles round trip with some good elevation changes along the way.

Did this trail on 7th July, and there was still enough snow on the mountain that 2 ski runs were open. The trail itself was fine though - we were wearing hiking boots and there were only a couple of places where we had to cross through the (low-level) snow. It’s quite a dusty trail for the most part, and quick elevation gain, but worth it for the amazing views and sense of achievement. If you’re looking for a place to play in the snow in mid-summer then that’s also a bonus ;-)

Loved the trail. Hated the parking.

Climbs pretty fast but well maintained and easy to follow trail, after a short climb you reach this beautiful and picturesque lake.

Easy for a morning Walk

Been hiking here since I was young, always a great hike. Amazing view at the top (if weather allows), definitely worth the trip.

11 days ago

Got out here pretty early, which was a good decision since we got close parking and didn’t encounter too many other people on the way in. On the way out though, so many people.

Beautiful easy hike to the lake. It was pretty busy on the weekend, and ended up parking at skibowl because of limited parking. Not bad though!

Breathtaking!!!! Totally family friendly and worth taking all the way to Tom, Dick and Harry! Get ready for a spectacular view

Like others have said it's a bit longer than stated here. My Garmin clocked in at 3.7 mi when we reached the top. Elevation gain was right on at 3200 ft.

There are a handful of pretty decent popout views of Hood and the lookout at the top was super rad. Would do it again!

Did it yesterday from the lodge to zigzag river, a little over six miles in about three hours. Good views along the trail with light traffic. Trail starts descending and then ascending, personally, I like climbing first and then descending.

Absolutely beautiful beginning to a hike by the creek but it looks as tho the trail is washed out 1/4 if that of a mile into the hike. We turned around because we had dogs. There wasn’t a trail that we could see past the slide.

Just over 2 miles to the lake. Gradual climb up and well maintained wide trail.

on Trillium Lake Loop Trail

17 days ago

such a beautiful view of Mt Hood and a very easy loop trail.

Great family hike! Gradual, beautiful incline to the lake. Gorgeous lake, not as still for a reflection adv I'd like but still breathtaking view of Mount Hood and still slightly reflected in the lake. Hike back was all downhill...out and back

Great little day hike with wonderful photo ops along the way.

Beautiful hike! Going to come back for an over night trip this summer. Just bring your bug spray, mosquitos are out in force!!

21 days ago

The lakes were beautiful. Tons of mosquitos out though, I think I got about 7 bites just from the short hike.

21 days ago

Beautiful, easy/moderate

22 days ago

Beautiful lake. It was quite foggy so we saw the mountain on and off in the distance and we didn’t get to see much of the mirror but it was breathtaking either way! I would definitely recommend. It can get pretty steep on the way up and rocky so make sure to watch your footing.

Very easy, beautiful hike. What w wonderful view and reflection if Mount Hood!

This was a moderate hike with a beautiful lake and a reflection of Mount Hood. You might want to put on bug spray. The mosquitoes were pretty thick by the lake.
I was also amazed at the number of wild rhododendron flowers along the trail.

Nice shaded hike with a great view of Mt. Hood.

it was a good Hike but the kids get tired really easily... When you get to the spot it not as good when it like cloudy and rainy and you do not get to see mount hood... But on the way down its easy better than going up.

This was a fun snowshoeing hike. We got there early to avoid large groups of people and it worked. As we were leaving probably 50+ people were coming in. The trail was nice, not too strenuous.

Mosquito infested but a easy hike with kids.
The lake is more like a swamp though.

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