Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Trillium Lake Loop

Today I'm suppose to be posting an update on the Great Granny Along... But I just returned from our wonderful weekend away and didn't have my post ready yet!

So I was thinking that perhaps you'd like to go on a little hike with me?

It's just 2 miles. {the part of the trail that begins and ends at the dam} And totally worth it. And you can go at your own pace! Go get your virtual walking shoes on... I'll wait...

K....One of our most favorite lakes on Mt. Hood is Trillium Lake {that's where we took our first trip in our trailer this past weekend!}

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We were SO lucky this year to find a campsite (because we had no reservations). It was the last one! The Campground was full to the brim...
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Trillium Lake was created by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1960. It's formed by a dam at the headwaters of Mud Creek, a tributary to the Salmon River.

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There are Trillium flowers everywhere... So I assume that is probably how the lake got it's name.

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There is a trail around the lake. It's 2 miles and if you ever go to Trillium... you must walk the trail. But if you can't get to Trillium, you can join me today and walk the trail!

K. Ready? Got your virtual walking shoes on? Here we go....

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The trail is strictly for walking / hiking.

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So we don't have to worry about getting run over by a bike... :)

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The trail starts with pavement....

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And as it winds around, it becomes a packed dirt, kinda rocky, pine needle-y like trail... Really easy to walk on... {just watch out for rocks, stumps and roots}
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Soon the trail turns into a boardwalk...
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This little guy greeted us along the way...
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The vegetation changes all around the trail... From forests to long meadow grasses...
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And soon we come around the corner to see this....
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Absolutely gorgeous... I would love to walk the trail in each season...
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At this spot, you can barely see the tip of Mt. Hood...
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There are Huckleberries galore...
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And art too!
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I love looking at all the different plants and flowers...
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{and taking pictures of them}

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I think this plant is very pretty at this stage. But when it's in full bloom... (not so much)... I have no idea what it is...
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Soon we'll be walking closer to the lake and have views like this one...
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And as we finish the trail, we get a beautiful view of the Mountain and Lake...
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So now we need to head back to camp....
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And as we walk the lake edge, we're greeted by more friends...
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And we'll know when we're getting closer to the campsites...
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One last peak before we head back to our campsite....
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Wasn't that a fast 2 miles! And such beautiful scenery. And I didn't even share 1/4 of it. We walked the trail 2 days and half way, once. Each time I saw something new and loved every minute of it.

Tomorrow I'll share pictures of our Home Away from Home! I can't wait to show you what we did to make our trailer, more us!

I promise to have a Great Granny Along post on Thursday this week!

For now... I have laundry to do and some catching up from being gone...

ooxx`jodi

29 comments:

Gra said...

What a beautiful place!!!! I am sure you enjoyed it very much!

Cindy said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm now very relaxed and ready to go to work! :)

Devon said...

wow just beautiful,,,thanks for the virtual walk,,
devon

Cindy said...

Hiking in state and national parks is one of my favorite things to do. Thanks for taking us along on this hike. Just beautiful!

regan said...

That was so beautiful! Thanks!

Cotton Blossom said...

Thanks for the walk. It was beautiful!

Margie said...

We (Oregon) do have some beautiful things to see don't we? I enjoyed each and every picture this morning. Thank You for reminding me it"s about time to go pick some Huckleberries over at the coast!! Am waiting to see your post tomorrow!

Jeanne said...

Thank you for the virtual walk! The area is gorgeous.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

A beautiful hike/walk. Years ago we lived in SW Washington and I can say I never tired of the site of Mt Hood -- breathtaking!!

Blessings!
Gail

Anna said...

Thank you SO much for taking a walk with us. Beautiful! I can smell the smells and feel the peace, calm, and quiet. Lake Trillium is now on my list of places I'd like to visit.

Carrie P. said...

What a delightful hike. thanks for sharing.

Sharon Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing! The beautiful landscapes are some of what I miss most about Oregon!!

Bill 'n Kork said...

Wow ! Great pictures ! I'm so glad you had a good time on your "maiden voyage".
Nobody told me and guess I've never seen the sign because I ride my bike around the lake every year....ooops!
Awesome weather too ! Thanks for sharing !

Betsy Lynn said...

Wow, great pictures!
Thanks for sharing!

Eliza said...

Botanical FYI... Trillium is a spring flower. It has three petals and three leaves. The flower pictured is Bunchberry, also lovely. Looks like a great hike!

Cathy H. said...

Thank you for the virtual tour!! This is a place I know I'll never be able to visit!! Stunning images!!

Barbara said...

what a beautiful place. I enjoyed our walk and feel totally refreshed ! :)

Patti Shanks said...

Lovely! However, I need a refreshing brew! Thanks for being our guide.

DianeM said...

What a beautiful pictorial essay :) I have many memories of my dad setting up tripods & laying on the forest floor to snap pictures of trilliums - they are so worth the trouble!
Smiles, DianeM

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Fantastic photos! Thanks for the adventure.

terrieannie said...

Wow, what fun! Makes me 'pine' for my Black Hills (of South Dakota)... I miss the fragrance of those hikes.....

Cherie said...

What a gorgeous trip! Can you send me a copy of those pictures! =D

Farm Road Ramblings said...

Sounds like a great trip Jodi! I shared your picture of the stump with the bottle caps! I'd like to borrow that idea for our cabin. : )

Vicki said...

Hi Jodi, it looks beautiful. I've have often wondered what huckleberries look like. Can you eat them? Vicki

•stephanie• said...

living in arizona, it's hard to believe there're places out there that are actually so incredibly green and lush. truly beautiful country.

on the other hand, i saw a cactus today. boo.

Tamie said...

Thanks for taking me along on your hike. I'm not so sure that my trainer is going to think that it counts though. I can't wait to see the inside of your trailer.

Becky said...

Nice hike and I didn't even break a sweat! I bet it is absolutely gorgeous in Autumn!

leanne said...

thanks so much for that great walk - I feel so refreshed now - and that mountain is fabulous :) loved the squirrel and ducks too (at least I think it was a squirrel -we don't have them down under !)

Laura Lane said...

Thank you for taking me someplace I most likely will never visit.

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