Nestled at the Feet of Mount Hood, Trillium Lake is a Perfect Spot For a Hike, or a Souvenir Fridge Magnet
Constructed by the federal Department of Fish and Wildlife by constructing a dam in 1960, Trillium Lake may be the newest body of water near Mount Hood, but it has quickly become a favorite amongst tourists. The name "trillium" comes from a type of delicate alpine flowers common around the lake. But it is not flowers that bring in the visitors, but the fact that mighty Mount Hood - only seven and a half miles (twelve kilometers) away - is perfectly reflected in the lake's placid waters. The lake is popular in all four seasons, and during the winter it is particularly beloved as a destination for Nordic skiing. The entire Trillium Lake Basin trail is a forty one mile (sixty six kilometer) loop - a full day's trek, but well worth the trip.
Trillium Lake is Located Within Oregon's Beautiful Mount Hood National Forest
From Oregon's largest city, Portland, the views are dominated by Mount Hood - a snow-capped prominence about fifty miles (eighty kilometers) to the southeast. Mount Hood is the largest peak in the state of Oregon and one of the largest in the Cascade Range that cuts across the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the summit itself, visitors are attracted to the Mount Hood National Forest, which encompasses over a million acres (4.3 thousand hectares) of the Cascades south of the Columbia River Gorge. The Forest has numerous beautiful lakes (like Trillium) and streams, smaller peaks, waterfalls and other natural sites. The Forest is home to nine "wilderness areas," sections of roadless forest where buildings and motorized transport - even mountain bikes - are prohibited. Other attractions include several ski resorts and lodges like the famous Timberline Lodge.