Hike to Gifford Lake

Rate this Adventure Oregon Lower Lake Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Summer

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Swimming Hole

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.

Pack List

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Hammock
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