Trillium Lake Loop Trail, a place for quick reflection
Location: Near Government Camp, ~40 miles southeast of Portland southeast via Highway 26
Distance: ~ 2 miles
This lovely little lake is a man-made gem formed by a dam at the headwaters of Mud Creek, tributary to the Salmon River in 1960. Local lore has it that the lake was created for President Roosevelt because he was so fond of lakes and would be able to see it when he visited Timberline Lodge. Nice story, but President Roosevelt dedicated the Timberline Lodge in 1937 and died in 1945. Anyway it’s a great spot for a reflection photo and Timberline Lodge is a my top pick for a great spot a getaway.
The Trillium Lake Trail
The loop circles the lake via a series of pine needle paths that meander through a plentiful variety of trees with boardwalks that cross boggy marshland and a meadow via the boardwalks. Yes, you get all that and more in under 2 easy miles.
As you can tell from my feature photo, this is a great spot to get that quintessential Mt. Hood postcard reflection shot.
Tip: In the summer, you’ll want to go early to avoid the crowds, or you may find yourself among SUP paddlers, canoers, boaters, inner tubers, kayakers, and people swimming and fishing – your reflection and solitude could be marred by the minions – but the beauty should provide some solace.
Looking for an idyllic hike that will take you away from the maddening crowds? Try Paradise Loop at Mount Hood.
$ From May 15th – October 1st there’s a $5 day-use fee (Northwest Forest Passes don’t count. )
Winter fun: Apparently the roads around the lake are groomed for cross-country skiers.
There’s family-friendly camping adjacent to the lake too. (Hence the crowds.)