The trailhead is near milepost 51 - just one mile west of Government Camp. It's located at a pullout on the south side of Hwy 26. In the winter a snowpark permit is required and the rest of the time a NW Trail Pass is required.
This is a great family hike. It's pretty short, has a great lake with Mt. Hood framed as a backdrop. It is crowded though - even in the winter. It is a good choice to introduce someone to snowshoeing. At the trailhead, you cross a creek and climb 750 feet during the 1.5-2.0 miles to the lake. If you want to double the length of the hike you can head up to the top of Tom, Dick and Harry mountain.
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