• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Family Friendly
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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.

Pack List

  • DSLR camera
  • Tripod
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hammock
  • Kayak
  • Snacks
  • Firewood
  • S'mores ingredients
  • Friends/family!
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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!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

With all the Trillium shots I was seeing on IG, I had to check it out. It's a great spot, and if you can snag the huge campsite just on the right as you pull in to the southernmost overflow camping, you are golden! One of the best campsites I've ever had.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Kyle Szegedi

Student of photography and videography. Currently residing in Bellingham, Wa. Check out my website www.kyleszegediphoto.com to see some more of my work!

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