• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

Beautiful lake. View of Mount Hood. Campground. Boating. Swimming. Fishing. Hiking/biking trails.

Trillium Lake is a popular camp spot at the base of Mount Hood. It's known for it's scenery, abundant recreational activities, and is family friendly. Boating, swimming and fishing are quite popular on the 63 acre lake. There is a small boat ramp within the campground and a larger ramp available in the day use area. An accessible fishing pier is also available.

My friend and I just went down for the night to catch the sunset and possible northern lights show. There were nice big rocks along the shoreline for sitting and a family of friendly ducks to keep us company throughout the evening.

The calm lake provides a beautiful reflection of Mount Hood and once the sun goes down, the lights from the snow plows on the mountain reflect on the lake as well. It makes for a beautiful and unique site.

From Portland, travel southeast on Highway 26 for about 40 miles. Turn right a mile east of Government Camp at the easy to spot "Trillium Lake" sign.

Pack List

  • Camping Gear
  • Kayak
  • Camera and tripod
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Food/water
  • Warm jacket
  • NW Forest Pass
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This time of year has been perfect in order to capture a perfect reflection of Hood upon the lake. Even better, the cool night temps bring a soft layer of fog, bringing in a unique dimension to a commonly photographed location.

8 months ago
8 months ago

This was worth the early morning, we stopped and hiked Mirror lake first, but Trillium had a much clearer view of the mountain. Definitely worth a stop even if you are just driving through.

8 months ago
8 months ago

This was definitely the highlight of my trip to OR. Arrived fairly early and there were only a few people around. Started to get busy around lunchtime so I definitely recommend the early hours if you're looking for solitude!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

We saw Lake Trillium at sunrise when there were few people there and the quiet and stillness was well worth waking up in the middle of the night for. There's a 2 mile loop trail going around the lake but it's not necessary to go on it if you don't feel like it as there is parking next to a clear view of the lake and Mt. Hood.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I finally made it here when it wasn't completely foggy or snowy, and the view was amazing! I had the whole view to myself for sunrise on a Saturday, which was completely unexpected and welcome.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

I visited Trillium Lake in mid-winter, and boy was it crowded! Of course, I brought that upon myself by going on a sunny Saturday. But keep in mind that even in winter, you'll want to get to the Sno-Park early in order to get a parking space. While snow conditions are likely to change, the trail was packed down enough that snowshoes and skis weren't even necessary (but of course, they don't hurt). There is also tons of signage guiding snowshoers/skiiers on the loop trail around the lake (~5 miles total, mostly flat), so this was a very family-friendly route as far as snow adventures go.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Trillium Lake is a must for anyone in the area!!!! Easily one of the coolest places in Oregon

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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