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Green Lakes

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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9.6

Miles

15.4

KM

Out and Back

6,561' 2,000 m

High

5,444' 1,659 m

Low

1,154' 352 m

Up

1,154' 352 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

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

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.

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Casey Tucker

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  4.6 from 15 votes

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Photos

Green Lakes in front of Broken Top
May 19, 2019 near Bend, OR
Broken Top and Green Lakes
May 19, 2019 near Bend, OR
South Sister in front of Green Lakes.
May 19, 2019 near Bend, OR
Fall Creek crossing
May 19, 2019 near Bend, OR
South Sister
May 19, 2019 near Bend, OR
Fall Creek
May 19, 2019 near Bend, OR

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Oct 3, 2020
Wes Emmert
The trail is in great condition. It is heavily trafficked by day hikers. The sunrise views of the South Sister are fantastic
Aug 20, 2020
Tarcat PNW
Aug 11, 2020
Donna Hull
10h 24m
Jun 25, 2020
Warren Preston
Fantastic day, still significant snow above 5,700' and especially above 6,000' 9.7mi — 4h 28m
Nov 3, 2019
Ben Rubin
icy 9.6mi — 4h 00m
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