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Green Lakes via Fall Creek Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View of South Sister from the trail (Martell)
One of the many impressive waterfalls seen along the trail (Martell)
Obsidian covered ridge viewable during the approach to the lakes (Martell)
The largest of the Green Lakes (Martell)
  • Start point: Fall Creek TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • Ending Point: Green Lakes
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 8.4 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 1150 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Summer-Early Fall
  • Family Friendly: No
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: Yes

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Hike Description

After the first half mile, you hike past 1.5 miles of steadily impressive waterfalls along Fall Creek. Eventually the trail, and the creek, level out at about 6000' and there are some meadows. Once you get through the meadows, you slowly climb again to the Green Lakes area. There are two switchbacks on this part, the only switchbacks you encounter on the whole route. Near the end of the hike you will pass an outlet creek from the lakes, with a ridge on the opposite side that contains obsidian.

There are views of South Sister, Broken Top and Mount Bachelor on the hike and at the trailhead.

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Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass required.
  • There are limited camping sites available in Green Lakes area, and backpackers can only camp in designated areas.

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