CAMP & HIKE: Trillium Lake, Mount Hood

by Lauren Braden on August 14, 2014

in Camping and Outdoors

On the south side of Mt. Hood at 3,600 feet elevation is Trillium Lake, ringed with fragrant conifers and an easy, family-friendly loop trail.

CAMP & HIKE: Trillium Lake, Mount Hood

The Hike

Trillium Lake Loop Trail is 2 miles round trip and circumnavigates the lake. It’s a great choice for kids or anyone who desires a flat, easy, beautiful trail. Pack your camera and binoculars–there are great views of Mt. Hood along this trail, and part of the trail is boardwalk through wetlands that provide habitat for birds.

This trail is accessible and barrier-free, a combination of wooden boardwalk and very finely compacted rock. There are a few benches along the trail.

Pick up the trail in the campground, or for day-trippers the trail begins and ends at the Trillium Lake dam on the lake’s south end. There’s a $5 day-use fee, waived if you are camping at the lake.

Post-Hike Bite

Head to the Ice Axe Grill, part of the Mt. Hood Brewing Company in Government Camp. They feature their own small-batch ales on cask and nitro, plus tasty pub grub and pizza.

The Camping 

Trillium Lake Campground. This campground is an ideal getaway for Portland-area families because it hosts campfire programs and nature talks during the summer months. Trillium Lake makes a great base for exploring the trails of Mount Hood, or just paddling around the water. The setting is quiet and peaceful, and no motors are permitted on the lake.

  • Distance from Portland: 61 miles southeast of Portland (map + driving directions)
  • Location: South side of Mount Hood
  • Great for: paddling, fishing, families.
  • Details: 57 campsites for tents or RV’s to 40 feet. No hookups. Potable water, vault toilets.
  • Summer rates: $20 per night
  • Reservations: 1-(877) 444-6777




Photo: Trillium Lake by Shawn.
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