Linton Lake Hike

Willamette National Forest

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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Linton Lake Hike


  • Sign for Linton Lake Trailhead and Alder Springs Campground.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Trailhead signs for Linton Lake.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Beautiful fall colors in the Three Sisters Wilderness.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Trail to Linton Lake through the old-growth forest.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Backcountry campsite near Linton Lake.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Obsidian Creek flowing into Linton Lake.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Linton Lake.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Backcountry campsite along the edge of Linton Lake.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Low water levels in Linton Lake.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Backcountry campsite near Linton Lake.- Linton Lake Hike
  • Vault toilet at the Linton Lake Trailhead.- Linton Lake Hike
Overview + Weather
Great views.
No clear trail around the lake or to the waterfall.
Willamette Foothills, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
312.00 ft (95.10 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.60 mi (5.79 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,467.00 ft (1,056.74 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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With close proximity to Proxy Falls, Linton Lake might be easily overlooked, but if you find yourself in the area, it's definitely worth the short hike out to the lake. With beautiful views, old-growth forests, and ancient lava flows, the hike has many interesting sights and is great on a hot summer or fall day. As the trailhead sign suggests, "Savor the solitude. Embrace this opportunity for self-discovery and primitive recreation."

The there-and-back trail starts across the road from the Alder Springs Campground and wanders through old-growth forests and old lava flows. The main trail ends where Obsidian Creek flows into the lake, but there are many unmaintained trails around the surrounding area. Be careful when exploring around the lava flows as the rocks can be unstable and easily shift underfoot. There is a waterfall upstream, but it is not visible from the lake. 

Backcountry campsites can be found around the lake and make for a nice overnight trip in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Sites include fire rings.

Highway 242 leading to the trailhead is closed November through June. Parking at the trailhead is limited.

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