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Trillium Lake Loop Trail

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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Trillium Lake Loop Trail

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  • Looking southwest at Trillium Lake.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • Looking north at Trillium Lake and Mount Hood (11,250').- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • The boardwalk along the lake's eastern shore.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • The boardwalk along the lake's eastern shore.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla).- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • - Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • Douglas's spiraea (Spiraea douglasii) late in the season.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • - Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • Meadow along Trillium Lake's northern shore.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • Meadow along Trillium Lake's northern shore.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • Meadow along Trillium Lake's northern shore.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • Meadow along Trillium Lake's northern shore.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • Trillium Lake at dawn.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
  • Trillium Lake at dawn.- Trillium Lake Loop Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Views of Mount Hood. Swimming in Trillium Lake.
Cons: 
Heavily used area. Only accessible for hiking in summer and fall.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.80 mi (2.90 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,580.00 ft (1,091.18 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Trillium Lake Loop is a short, 2-mile walk around the lake that provides excellent perspectives on the former meadow, the current reservoir and the mountain that overlooks all of it.  The trail includes several well-built boardwalks that keep you close to the water as you tour the lake.  The Mud Creek Dam along the southern shore, built in 1960, is an ideal spot to pause and appreciate Mount Hood.  A thick marsh of bullrush and Douglas's spiraea lies on the western shore, while the north shore includes an extensive network of boardwalks.  Return to the east shore for the campground and day-use area.

 

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