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Hiking around Trillium Lake

Trillium Lake Campground is a wonderful and attractive campground not far from the picturesque town of Government Camp. It grants panoramic views of majestic Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest point. The campground is well-known for its scenery and abundant recreational opportunities, as well as being a great, family-friendly place to camp.

The hike around the lake is very child friendly. For most of the length, it is flat. The Trillium Lake Trail runs around Trillium Lake and through the campground of Trillium Lake. This path offers excellent opinions of Mount Hood. The trail crosses wetlands offering possibilities for bird watching. Its distance and simple terrain create it a excellent walk for the family, especially for those with restricted mobility or strollers. 

This path was designed to be free of barriers. The surface of the path is a mixture of wooden boardwalk and highly compacted rock. The path has a few benches. The path starts and finishes at the dam of Trillium Lake.

Winter: A 3.6 mile loop from Trillium Access Hill is the Trillium Lake Loop Trail.  Trillium Sno-Park is a 4.4 mile round journey.  The path is popular and mostly gentle with a scenic pond, meadow, and Mt. Hood view.  The access path is steep and it suggested that beginners and intermediate skiers go down the path. Dogs have to take a leash on the ski paths in the Trillium region.


Summer: The2-mile trail starts and finishes at Trillium Lake park on the east side of the dam.

Lake: I would say visit Trillium Lake mid-week in July to avoid the crowds. Rent kayaks through an outfitter in Government Camp who delivered your boats right to the lake front. The lake is lovely even on overcast days, so imagine what it's like to paddle on a glass-like surface when there's hardly a cloud in the sky. There are a couple of beaver dams and sections of lily pads worth visiting as well. The perfect spot for a picnic. Hike: Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The winter is the best time to experience this loop. It's well set up for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, with the road divided for both activities. Not the most scenic, except for the view of Mt. Hood from the far side of the lake. Great for novice snowshoers. I believe that it's closer to 5 miles in the winter when the road is blocked to cars.   Parking can fill up fast near the dam, so come early.


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