Hiking at Green Lakes is a local’s favorite. The moderate 4.5 to 6 mile trail to the three green lakes offers plenty of waterfalls, lava, and wildflowers as it gradually climbs alongside Fall Creek in the Three Sisters Wilderness. You will come to your first lake after about 4.5 miles, but continue your hike around all of the lakes for another 3 miles. During the summer months this trail can be very crowded. The parking lot serves several trail options, and can fill by 7 a.m. Plan ahead and carpool if you can, and remember to share the trail. It’s also important to pack out your trash and toilet paper to be a good wilderness steward.
Parking here requires a recreation pass. These are available at USFS offices and at various places around town, including the Visitor Center.