Hike to Green Lakes

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Added by Randy Gordon

Make your way into the Three Sisters Wilderness and find yourself captivated by towering peaks and sparkling hues of blue and green.

Park your vehicle at the Green Lakes Trailhead, grab your gear and head for the trail.

Since this hike enters the Three Sisters Wilderness, be sure to fill out the required information to obtain a free self-issued day use permit at the registry station.

Starting at an elevation of 5,500 feet, the beginning of the trail is relatively flat. Almost immediately, you will cross a bridge over Fall Creek, a welcoming companion on the majority of the hike.

Continue on the path as you travel parallel the creek and enter the forested area. Along the way, beautiful wildflowers and an abundance of waterfalls will captivate your attention. Be sure to stop and take it all in!

At 2.0 miles, the trail intersect with the path leading to Moraine Lake. Stick to the right as this is the Green Lakes Trail.

In another mile, you will begin to enter a valley of ancient lava flow. In the sun, the black glitters and sparkles from the shine of the light. Marvel and awe at the true power of Mother Nature.

At roughly 4 miles and after nearly 1100 feet of elevation gain, reach the beginning of your destination. There are variety of paths that loop around the lakes. Broken Top trail is to right, and straight leads you to the east shore of the largest Green Lake. Heading to the left takes you down towards the base of the almighty South Sister and the lake below.

No matter what path you take, be sure to spend some time exploring the entire surrounding area; you won't be disappointed!

Pack List

  • 10 essentials
  • Camera
  • Trekking Poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Northwest Forest Pass
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



9 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1100 Feet


Easy Parking

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