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Green Lakes

  4.5 ( 11 ) Favorite


9.6 mile 15.4 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,154' 352 m
Descent: -1,154' -352 m
High: 6,561' 2,000 m
Low: 5,444' 1,659 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Trail shared by Casey Tucker

This is a great hike to Green Lakes with great views. Don't expect the place to yourself though, as it's popular!

Casey Tucker

Features Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked

Before you head into the woods, make sure to fill out your free permit at the start. These are used for tracking people and making sure you are safe.


Come experience an amazing hike with great views. This trail can be crowded, especially when the horses come out. Thankfully, there's a large parking lot to accommodate the high traffic.

Need to Know

• Make sure to fill out a permit at the trailhead.
• This is very popular for horses.
• You can camp at the lake.


This trail is used as a good starting point for many other trails in the area, and you can branch off at a few points or go all the way to the lake. You are able to camp at the lake, however it is first-come-first-served.

This trail is very scenic, passing many waterfalls and crossing a stream four times. The trail is plenty wide at the start, easily allowing 3-4 people abreast, and gets smaller as you carry on, narrowing to a bit wider than singletrack at the end.

You can either head back the way you came or take a side trail down, or head towards Broken Top or South Sisters if you are feeling fresh and frisky.

Flora & Fauna

Pine trees abound in this high-elevation area.

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Sep 11, 2019
Luke Servedio
Aug 25, 2019
Kristen M
This trail is mellow but still has a decent amount of mileage. It was a little bit of a struggle towards the end :) 9.2mi
Aug 14, 2019
Alissa Mundt
Jun 23, 2019
Carol Ebbs
4mi — 12h 30m
Jun 19, 2019
Jose Graterol
Beautiful Hike along the river and a bit hard to tell the crossing points w all the snow. — 9h 00m
Jun 17, 2019
Jake Schaner
Snow drifts and then just slushy on top but firm below snow pack at about 2 miles in.
Sep 6, 2018
Kyle Trahan
Sep 3, 2018
Zachary Roberts
Loved this trail. My girlfriend and I hiked up and spent the night next to South Sister. Beautiful place to wake up 9.6mi

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  4.5 from 11 votes


  4.5 from 11 votes
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