Hiking The Green Lakes Loop Trail

The MOST popular hiking trail in Oregon.

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Near Bend in the Deschutes National Forest, the 12 mile Green Lakes Loop runs through the Three Sisters Wilderness Area in central Oregons Cascade Mountains. It follows waterfall-rich Fall Creek about 4.5 miles up and around a massive obsidian flow--which created the basin holding the three small but stunning Green Lakes. When you reach a four-way trail junction, follow your route back if youre just out for the day, or take the Crater Ditch/Soda Creek route 7.3 miles around the wildflower-studded basin back to your car.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Bend, take Cascade Lakes Highway 46 to Mount Bachelor Ski Area (22 miles) and continue 4.5 miles west to the trailhead. The trailhead altitude is about 5,500 .

Overall, Green Lakes Loop Trail is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Oregon. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Green Lakes Loop Trail including Moraine Lake Trail and Metolius-Windigo Trail.

Mount Bachelor in Deschutes NF (OR/US)

Mount Bachelor in Deschutes NF (OR/US)

Green Lakes Loop Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  DNF (541) 388-5664; Bend Visitors (541) 382-3221; Oregon Tourism (800) 547-7842.

Recommended Book:  "Oregon Hiking" from Sean Patrick Hill

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Sisters City Park Campground

Luxury Loding:  Five Pines Lodge, Sisters

Breakfast Restaurant:  Seasons Cafe or Ski Inn Cafe in Sisters

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon

GPS:  44.02973, -121.73777

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  8/14/2016

ID:  6976

Green Lakes Loop Trail Hiking Map


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