Camp at Trillium Lake


    Added by Kyle Szegedi

    Trillium Lake is a great spot for overnight camping with picturesque views of Mt. Hood.

    The reflection of Mt. Hood on the lake makes this trip definitely worth the visit.

    Try to arrive during the day so you can watch the sunset. For photographers, the south side of the lake is an amazing spot to take photos, especially on a windless day. For those looking to kayak or fish, there is also boat launch area.

    There are plenty of trees along the lakeside that are perfect for setting up a hammock, as well as a number of campsites. To reserve campsites and check availability, call toll-free 1-(877)-444-6777. Reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day ($20 per night), whereas before and after those dates, camping is first-come, first-served, and free of charge. Fires are permitted there.

    Getting there: From Portland, take Highway 26 East until you reach the Zigzag Ranger District building. Park at the Trillium Lake Trailhead parking lot, or, if you visit during the summer, the gate will be open and you can drive all the way down to the lake, and park there. Otherwise, it is only a 2-2.5 mile-long hike down the road. Note that a Sno-Park permit is required to park at the trailhead during the winter.

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    Dog Friendly
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    Family Friendly
    Picnic Area
    Swimming Hole

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    🥇Top Contributor

    5 months ago

    Great starter for newbies

    This is a great starter for new backpackers. Just a nice place in front of the view to set up camp

    🥈 Contributor

    over 2 years ago

    Beautiful campground

    Nice, well maintained campground that is very spacious - you feel secluded, although there are other people nearby. The lake is beautiful, as are the views of Mt. Hood. Bring paddle boards / kayaks / floaties as you'll want to get in the water on hot days. Would recommend this to anyone and would definitely stay here again!

    🥈 Contributor

    almost 4 years ago


    Absolutely stunning views, especially when you can catch the lake ripple-free in the morning. Even my iPhone was able to take an awesome pic!


    🥇Top Contributor

    over 4 years ago

    Iconic View of Mt Hood

    This is definitely the spot to go for an incredible view of Mt Hood, it can definitely get very crowded on the weekends though.

    🥈 Contributor

    over 4 years ago

    Snowboard + Camp

    Awesome spot! Love riding Timberline and camping here, almost that time of year!

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