Trillium Lake Loop Trail #761

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Trillium Lake

This is a very kid-friendly trail. It is mostly level for the entire length. The Trillium Lake Trail goes around Trillium Lake and through Trillium Lake Campground. There are great views of Mount Hood along this trail. The trail crosses wetlands that provide bird watching opportunities. Its distance and easy terrain make it a great family hike, particularly for those with strollers or with limited mobility.

This trail was built to be barrier free. The trail surface is a combination of wooden boardwalk and very finely compacted rock. There are a few benches along the trail. The trail begins and ends at the Trillium Lake dam.

Winter: Trillium Lake Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile loop from the Trillium Access Hill.  It's a 4.4 mile round trip from Trillium Sno-Park.  The trail is popular and is mostly gentle terrain with a picturesque lake, meadow, and a view of Mt. Hood.  The access trail is steep and it recommended that beginner and intermediate skiers walk down it. Dogs must on a leash on the Trillium area ski trails.

Summer: The 2 mile trail begins and ends on the east side of the dam at Trillium lake campground.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions:
6/2013: Summer trail maintained.
Permit Info: State of Oregon Sno-Park permit is required November 1 through April 30 at Trillium Lake. There is no formal trail fee, but a $3.00 donation is recommended. Donations pay for the trail to be groomed.
Open Season: May
Restrictions: Dogs must on a leash on the Trillium area ski trails.
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Passes: Trillium Lake is a concession operated Forest Service day use site that charges a $5.00 Fee from May 15 through Oct. 1. Northwest Forest Passes are accepted. Golden Age, Access or other Day-use Passes are not accepted here. 
Operated By: Trail System operated by Forest Service and groomed by citizen volunteers
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger District, Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information

Accessibility:

This trail was built to be barrier free. The trail surface is a combination of wooden boardwalk and very finely compacted rock. There are a few benches along the trail. The trail begins and ends at the Trillium Lake dam.


Directions:

From Portland, travel 31 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 and turn south on Trillium Lake Loop Road (Forest Road 2656) (across from the Snow Bunny Snopark). Take Trillium Lake Loop Road (Forest Road 2656) for 2.5 miles, passing Trillium Lake Campground and Day Use Area turns. The road will bear right and go down to the lake’s dam. Parking is just before the dam. The trail starts at either end of the dam.


Activities


Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Winter Sports

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Recreation areas with activity XC Skiing/Snowshoeing: Shared use. A winter trail that utilizes the closed roads in winter months to provide a cross-country ski, snowshoe and snowmobile opportunity.