Hike to Gifford Lake

Lower Lake Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Isaac Desautels

Pristine, isolated lake just a short hike from the Lower Lake Campground. Perfect for escaping the summer heat and taking a dip.

Set out at the Lower Lake trailhead along trail #717. After only half a mile the trail opens up to Lower Lake, with views of Olallie Butte. The trail winds around the north east side of the lake and you come to a junctions with trail #706. From here take the left onto #706 and continue about .6 or .7 miles to a small trail to the left. This trail is unmarked, but is quite obvious. The trail heads down and opens up in the middle of Gifford Lake. Choose a spot and have lunch and go for a swim, when you've had your fill, set up a hammock and relax for the afternoon.

Distance

3 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

500 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Swimming, Hiking

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Swimming Hole

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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