Trillium Lake Campground

BY HEATHER DOWDY

Autumn has long been my favorite season, so the last week of September, we decided to pack up our gear and bring our rescued pit bull, Briley, for a weekend stay at Trillium Lake Campground.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Trillium Lake, it’s time to go! Located in Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest, it’s breathtaking to behold — although my iPhone photos don’t begin to do it justice.

PHOTO ABOVE: Love Briley’s flannel bandana? We call this one Purple Rain, and you can get it in our online store here

 

We chose to reserve a tent campsite in advance to be safe, which wasn’t a bad idea as it was the last weekend of the season and the campground was full.

Despite being crowded, our spacious campsite was encircled by trees and brush, making it quite private and enchanting. We had plenty of room for our big tent and airbeds (my autoimmune diseases mean glamping is in order!) as well as our hammock, our K9 Sky-Trak, camp chairs and more. The site came with a giant picnic table, grill and fire ring to boot. Vault toilets and drinkable water were also nearby.

By day, we hiked the Trillium Lake Loop, a 2-mile trail that follows the edge of the lake. The day use area is filled with picnic tables and grills encompassed by shady mountain hemlock, western red-cedar, western hemlock, and silver fir trees.

The weather was perfect – sunny and 72 degrees – so Briley enjoyed swimming in the lake as we watched people paddle board and kayak. The lake doesn’t allow motorized boats, so it’s incredibly calm, making for an ideal swim spot!

We met lots of dog friends and everyone was great about keeping their pups on leashes as required in the park.

My favorite moment was watching the sunset cast pink and golden glow against the peak of Mt. Hood, which towered over the quiet lake.

At night, we sat around the campfire playing games, sipping hot cocoa, roasting veggie dogs and listening to the sounds of waterfowl and owls calling and hooting.

We had the most amazing time – and just an hour and a half from our home in Portland?! I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be back!

Shop Briley’s Pumpkin Spice flannel bandana here!
PLEASE NOTE that our online store will BE CLOSED from 12/4 - 12/11 while we staff holiday markets and process holiday orders. We will re-open the shop on 12/12. Thanks for your understanding and patience... Happy Holidays!
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