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

hiking
24 days ago

Such a beautiful lake! Deserted on the Summer Solstice, clear water, bright white fluffy clouds. We were happy to discover the road that goes to within half a mile, thought we’d never get there because previously we had accessed the lake from Bonney Meadows above. The road to Bonney Meadows is now only 4-wheel drive accessible. Anyway, we hiked up to the Meadows. We saw an osprey at the lake diving for fish. All in all a perfect day and lovely lake.

backpacking
1 month ago

Easy short stroll from trailhead to boulder lake. Some car campers at little boulder lake because a forest service road reaches there, but only hike-in at the main boulder lake. Fishing at boulder lake was really good. Biting spinners for me. Mostly the invasive, but beautiful, brook trout. A fairly steep hike from the lake up to bonney meadows is worth it. Beautiful views of Mt Hood over a natural meadow full of wildflowers. A decent amount of snow patches on the ground as of late may, but still pretty easy to spot the trail.

Hiked on 3/16...beautiful day with fresh powder, some sun and light snow. Trail is well marked, both lakes absolutely gorgeous. Did not see one person the entire hike. Clocked 10 Miles and took us 5 hours, 15 minutes with a small lunch break at Upper Lake.

camping
Monday, July 10, 2017

Beautiful area. Primitive but nice campsites on the lake. A nice hike to Echo Point (I'll try to upload) with views of Boulder Lake and Mt Hood. Quite crowded camping on the weekend. Next time we'll go on the weekdays.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

There are 8 to 10 campsites at this lake. The half mile hike in keeps most car campers away. All campsites are on the lake. Beautiful lake, clear water.

Just did the point and not the twin lakes loop.

backpacking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Just got back from this overnight trip. At this time, snow is gone and bugs were only a 2 out of 5. Not bad at all. Lower Lake is deeper, so later in the year you could still drink the water, but Upper is only a few feet deep and already was starting to get warm There are at least eight nice camp sites around Upper Lake and even with a full scout troupe at one end, after 9pm all we heard was a single frog. Now, going from Upper to Palmateeer View was a bit tricky. The trail is washed down a little, so it's a slow-go if it has been raining. Also, the map shows a small trail going between Twin Lakes Trail and Palmateer. We could not find any trace of this trail and we walked it twice. Did not get all the way to the View Point. It seem farther then the map indicated, and we had to cross a stream that did not appear on the map, so we were confused. Not 100% but I think we were to cross the stream and proceed another 1/2 mile to the View Point. Oh well, next trip. Overall, the Upper Lake area is awesome, per - The Three D's Team: Daddy, Daughter and a Dog.

on Boulder Lake Trail

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Really beautiful lake, great camping

hiking
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This is a great little hike especially if you continue on to Bonney Meadows (if you happen to be in the area). There are some nice campsites at Boulder Lake

I wanted to add that the description they give seems to describe the Twin Lakes Trail out of Frog Lake, but the map and directions are for the Twin Lakes trail out of Elk Lake. Two totally different trails and lakes. This one (Elk Lake) is probably 6.5 miles one way, with maybe 1,500' gain and 1,100' loss. The distance in the description matches the other Twin Lakes Trail out of Frog Lake perfectly. You can do the Elk Lake trail out and back in a day, but you best start early and travel light.

I think the previous reviewer is referring to a different twin lakes. This trailhead leaves from Elk Lake in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness north of Detroit, OR. There are good views of Jefferson as you climb above Elk Lake, and the lakes themselves are nice and quiet. The trailhead from Bagby Hot Springs terminates above Elk Lake. Battlax Mt. is a good diversion. There is no trail to upper Twin Lake, but just follow the outflow stream from lower Twin Lake. Yes it's weird but the Upper Lake is lower than the Lower Lake per my map.

on Badger Lake Trail

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Great place to go for a day trip. Campsites are limited during warm weather, but the drive up is beautiful!

hiking
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Great for camping and fishing, poor for hiking. Hidden gem campsite at the top of the bluff, about three or four miles from the lower campsites, absolutely stunning fields and streams above the cliffs.

cross country skiing
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Had a great time cross country skiing up here, even if it was in the rain. The trails are maintained mightily, and even a mellow 4.5 mile loop will put a nice burn in your legs.

Click the link under "getting there" and check out the trail maps; there are endless options from easy to difficult for all skill levels. I'll upload a good-sized .jpg of the trail map too.

The day lodge is great for warming up and drying off, and the trails are really well maintained. It's a beautiful place, and--as a rookie--I enjoyed it thoroughly, even while XCin' in the rain.

We love this place--regularly groomed, volunteer-supported, lots of different trails at different levels. We used to go every week but then we found out we could take our dogs to a place just down the highway--not as nice, but we felt bad leaving the little ones home. Still, we are members and will always go back when we don't have the pups.

snowshoeing
Sunday, January 13, 2013

The trail start by the restrooms at Frog Lake Sno-Park. (Don't forget your Sno-Park Pass) You won't see Frog Lake this way, but you can see both the Twin Lakes and snowshoe across them. There are some hills, but nothing too steep. There aren't vast views of Mt. Hood or anything, but it's well traveled and not too crowded. The trail is very well marked by the blue diamonds.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
11 months ago

on Boulder Lake Trail

backpacking
Monday, July 17, 2017

on Boulder Lake Trail

Monday, July 17, 2017

cross country skiing
Monday, March 20, 2017

cross country skiing
Sunday, March 12, 2017

skiing
Thursday, February 23, 2017

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