Trillium Lake – Part of Portland’s Mountain Playground

With the mercury rising to the highest point so far this year in the Portland metropolitan area, it was time to seek some coolness. In Portland we are blessed by two choices – the ocean or the mountains. Given that I will be heading to the coast next weekend, the mountains won out. Also knowing that many other people would be having the same idea, we set out early and took the cross country route up to the flanks of Mount Hood and then over to Trillium Lake. There, nestled in the trees at 3600 feet is one of the reasons why so many people love this area.

Trillium Lake is probably one of the most photographed locations around here because of the splendid views of Mount Hood – which is only 7.5 miles away and the perfect reflections of it on the lake surface. Today we were actually quite thankful for a soft breeze that created ripples on the water surface, but also help to keep us cool. There is also a wonderful 2 mile easy hike around the lake, with plenty of boardwalks to take you across the marshy areas. This lake is equally popular in winter for cross country skiers and snowshoers. It also has 57 campsites available.

As an interesting tidbit of history, this lake is manmade, and quite recently at that. It was dammed in 1960. Long before then, the Barlow road – the toll road used by many of the people traveling west went right through here. A log road across the marshes led the weary travelers to the toll booth just a little ways down the road.

We met and talked to many wonderful people while we sat by the side of the trail. One pair of photographs was here for a conference, one coming from Australia, but living in Cambodia, and the other from Switzerland. They like us were sporting a Canon and a Nikon and we shared a few jokes between us. Another couple from the Philippines was just the same. Another couple tried their hand at some fishing, but the only thing he caught was a rock, and wading in to rescue his lure only served to get him wet. The lake did turn out to be a very popular locations and the focus turned from the views, to the wildlife and finally to people watching. By mid afternoon, it had become way too crowded and noisy, so we headed out to quieter pastures.

Brought to you by Brian Bailey

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3 thoughts on “Trillium Lake – Part of Portland’s Mountain Playground

  • August 22, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    I love how you tell us all about the photos too. I always learn something when I read about where ever you got off to this time!

  • August 21, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    You have an amazing way of capturing the beauty in your photographs. I totally enjoyed the works of art!

    • August 21, 2011 at 7:19 PM

      Thank you so much Renee. That means a lot to me!


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