Stroller Hike: Trillium Lake

Have you ever noticed how challenging it is to figure out if a hike is kid or stroller friendly? When you have a toddler who is too heavy to carry in a pack or walks slowly, a jogging stroller is a great option, but locating stroller and kid friendly trails is tougher than it should be. I’ve been on countless “family friendly” trails where a few stairs or too big tree stumps have blocked my path, or I’ve wanted to put my toddler down only to have a dangerous cliff nearby.

With that said, I’ll be writing about good stroller friendly hikes when I come across them, and if you have any suggestions please send them my way!


Trillium Lake is about a 90 minute drive from downtown Portland at the base of Mt. Hood, making it a great hike pre or post lunch at Timberline Lodge. Parking is $5 and is plentiful. The trail runs the perimeter of the lake, providing gorgeous views of the mountains, trees and water, and it’s an easy walk for children and most strollers as it’s flat and fairly wide.


One of my favorite parts of the hike was seeing all of the fun activities people were up to on the lake, from fishing to canoeing and paddle boarding. I’ll definitely be back with my swimsuit!

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