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Excellent hike and views; could be more parking

We visited Trillium Lake for sunrise (5/22/18) and then did the lake loop. It was incredibly beautiful.

Road and trail open. :)

The trail is pretty short and easy, so the pay off at the waterfall is really good. It can be pretty busy with families

Road still closed and has about 6 inches of snow most of the way. Not many people there. Lots of trash and dog poop, please pick up after yourself!

So disappointed road in was snowed in. No access to vehicles... and 2 mile hike in was too much for you group. Will have to visit again later in the season.... One thing that salvaged our drive up was a great shot of a snow-covered Mt. Hood

Lovely trail. Easy. The Falls were small but thunderous~ A little snow left but won't last much longer

Great hike with a stunning view of Mount Hood at the loop.
There is still a lot of snow on the ground (4/25) which made the hike a little more challenging. It was pretty easy to walk through except round the loop it was very deep but there were previous footprints that helped. The lake was mostly covered in snow so you don’t get the reflection of the mountain, I saw just a but in one melted spot.
You need to park down the road at the skibowl. The app took me to a parking lot right by the trailhead but there were no parking signs there. Walking down the highway was pretty unpleasant, especially on the way back when I was tired, but I will def come back and do this one for the full view in the summer.

22 April
No snow in the parking lot at the trail head. The trail was packed snow pretty much the whole way to the lake. The East side of the lake the trail was a series of post holes. No snowshoes needed but traction of some sort is really helpful.
I would also be wary of hiking in the afternoon, since some of the slopes will have gotten sun and softened up making them more slippery.
But the lake does provide an amazing view of Mt. Hood.

1 month ago

Well graded trail. It’s nice and wide, good for groups/dogs. My GPS put us at almost 8mi round trip. It would be miserable without micro spikes/snowshoes. Near the top you have to frogger through the skiers and boarders. It’s compact so spikes are best at the top. I’d recommend getting a late start and heading down at 4 after the runs close. That way your return trip is peaceful and without the mountain traffic.

1 month ago

Had no idea there was still this much snow and would be so few people. only saw 2 people on the whole trail. had thought this was heavily traveled and never been to the area so went in hiking boots and sneakers. some parts of the trail leading to the lake were a foot or two deep if you step in the wrong spot. up at the lake you might drop 3 or 4. luckily someone had snow shoed before us so we tried to use their tracks but it was very slow going and lots of falling through. very hard to find the trail around the lake, which is still frozen over and covered in snow. it was surprisingly challenging with trekking through such deep snow.

this place was absolutely mind blowing though and so serene without anyone else around. best hike ever.

also note you need to park at snow bowl and walk half a mile on the fairly dangerous highway.

1 month ago

Awesome .... had the trail to ourselves it seemed! Snow packed and a great hike for the family. And the kids loved the chance to play in snow.

1 month ago

Took the Red Meadow trail from the bottom of the parking lot. Spectacular little less traveled, unpacked connector to the Trillium Lake road. Main trail was well packed and easily traveled without snowshoes. Gorgeous easy trail!

Total distance from parking lot to and back was about 5 miles. Distance listed is for the Lake Loop only so be prepared for double depending on route. What we walked was the Lake road. The trail loop indicated in this file is the low trail at the lake's edge.

2 months ago

Lots and lots of snow. End point is too steep to climb in snowshoes perfect for those who skin up to ski down. But still a great work out.

Short, easy and beautiful even when covered in snow.

We chose a beautiful day to snow shoe. Easy hike.

2 months ago

Love this hike all year round! Snowshoed yesterday and after all the snow this past weekend the trail is gorgeous! Brought two dogs with me who also had a blast. Parked at skibowl and walked along the road to get to the trailhead, which isn’t ideal, but it’s well worth it!

Trails were very well marked. We took the shuttle up and started behind the Chevron station and followed the Crosstown trail for a while and made a circle around Enid Lake and then took Lucy out to the road which put us right at Mt. Hood Brewing Company.

One my my favorites! A little bit of a steep hike up the first part, but beautiful!

3 months ago

Great hike but we parked at ski bowl, we weren’t sure if parking was closed or not by hike, some people parked there but there were no parking signs close.
We took of our snowshoes for most of the hike

3 months ago

Trail from the lake up to the mountain is completely snow covered.

Pretty spot with minimal hiking. Nice to swim in the lake during the summer months, however I've only visited once and didn't get to explore more of the area surrounding.

This place is so gorgeous it looks even prettier with the snow everywhere loved it!!

Fun place to snowshoes!

Much longer hike than the 1.6 miles listed. The larger loop and loop along the shore totaled about 7.5 miles!! Great hike though! Lots of people with snow shoes but it was a nice packed trail and they weren’t really needed. We used ice spikes but we would have been fine in just boots. Can’t wait to do this again in the summer months!

My favorite place of all time. Absolutely magical!! The lake is so pretty this time of the year and the hike around it is breathtaking. In love!! Already cannot wait to go back.

Easy hike with lots of great views!

Packed ice but still beautiful and decided to use the new snow shoes but you could do it without.

4 months ago

Beautiful day on the mountain. View from south end of lake and Mt Hood is iconic!

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