Trillium Lakeshore Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain71ft
Trailhead Elevation3,610ft
Top3,614ft
Elevation Min/Max3605/3614ft
Elevation Start/End3610/3610ft

Trillium Lakeshore Trail

Trillium Lakeshore Trail is a hiking trail in Clackamas County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood National Forest. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 3,610 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 71 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. Along the trail there are a pier, meadows, and a viewpoint.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press)
Paul Gerald
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"Most outdoorsy Portlanders know Trillium Lake as a cross-country-skiing area, famed for the terror felt by many beginners on the long hill you’ll drive down from US 26. But in the summer the lake is a beautiful, peaceful place to get a taste of what the Mount Hood area has to offer. And if you have kids along, they can swim, fish, and paddle in the lake all day. By the way, the lake isn’t natural."

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1/6/2019
Fun, groomed trails made it easy to snowshoe, easy and would recommend for beginners.
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8/16/2018
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1/2/2012
A great trail but it is becoming a tourist attraction. The entry to the loop (down a large hill) is very packed with people trying to down hill ski, snowboard, and sled down the trail. It's becomes very dangerous as many people are out of control. Once you get on the loop it's much better but parking is difficult due to all the sledders. We are going to start looking for other places that are safer and have less sledding/tourist traffic.
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1/23/2010
This starts out with a good little downhill run from the parking lot. As beginners, it was a good opportunity to practice the snowplow on XC skis, something we'd never really done before. After that, a good uphill warmup before settling into the "tracks," which, although not immaculate, will keep you going in the right direction. When you get to the lake itself, stay on the trail heading around the lake. The shortcut through the path toward the deck on the near side of the lake isn't really a XC path, which we found out the hard way.
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2/27/2008
I'm writing this three years after I went around the loop. The scenery was great but the snow was very hard packed and all I had were meter long snow shoes that my father had used in Alaska. This was a pretty terrible combination and it was pretty miserable for me. With tiny snow shoes I'm sure it would be quite an enjoyable trek.
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2/7/2008
This is a great trail. It is very easy to access with a great parking area. As a beginner this was a perfect trail. I would reccommend this trail to anyone just getting started or looking for a nice easy day.
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12/9/2007
The snow wasn't the best this weekend, it was very hard-packed and crusty on top, but this is a good loop no matter what. There were lots of people out, but if you get there before 11am you'll miss most of them. Seems like most people show up after lunch. This is a good trail for dogs.
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1/13/2007
The Trillium Lake area is definitely a fun place to snowshoe, especially if you like going off of the trail. The main sno-park is VERY, VERY crowded on weekends, as is the trail itself–lots of parents towing little ones in sleds and lots of cross country skiiers. We didn't stay on the main trail at all, since it hadn't snowed in a while and even if it had, all the use packs the snow down til it's as hard as the road surface. Off the trail, the snow was soft and we had about 6-8" of fluff to trounce around in. The main trail would be perfect in a foot of new snow and some solitude. We had a beautiful blue-sky day at Trillium Lake. The view of the mountain from the far side of the lake is great. You can't blame the crowds for wanting to play here. :)
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11/29/2006
nice little loop. Starts on a nice long down hill. Be ready on the way back! I took a right turn at the loop, heading to the meadow first. Most of the other people went left first, straight to trilium lake. Great views of Mt Hood.
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4/2/2006
Trillium is the wonderful winter scenic land that trail.com describes and is a great work out too. However, if your looking for views of Mt Hood behind the lake- plan on a clear day. We were disappointed we didn't get to see it becuase it was cloudy. We only saw hints of the Mt.
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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Birding
Additional Use
Zigzag Ranger District, 503-622-3191, www.fs.usda.gov/mthood
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 462 (Mount Hood), USFS Mount Hood Wilderness.
Local Maps

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