Green Lakes Hike is the Toughest Ticket in Bend Oregon

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

The hardest tickets to get in Bend are not to the great acts at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater,  but rather the trail pass required to hike the Green Lakes trail. These tickets literally sell out in 60 seconds once posted on the Forest Service website.

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The trail largely runs alongside Fall Creek, which you will cross three times.

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And there is simply no shortage of beautiful waterfalls, wildlife, wildflowers, and amazing views along the way.

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This trail is considered moderate due to it’s length of 9.1 miles round trip and 1200 feet elevation gain, but it is pretty gradual almost the entire way and a very enjoyable adventure.  For the adventurous, taking the path past the last lake deeper into the Three Sisters Wilderness will result in views few experience, including the Northeastern flank of South Sister and Northwest sections of Broken Top, and vistas including Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, North and Middle Sister and Black Butte. A look back toward Green Lakes, if you can avoid looking the towering figures of South Sister, Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top, may make you think you are seeing the Great Smoky or Blue Ridge Mountains. If you opt to take this additional path, you will add a minimum of 500 feet of elevation gain plus 4 miles in and back. If you want to go even further in you can reach Golden Lake, which is an experience in itself.

Original blog can be read at Bend Premier Real Estate's website.

Comments (5)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Lynnea, for telling us about this hike.

You make us want to visit the area.

Aug 10, 2022 04:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lynnea... as always, you've provided stunningly beautiful photos of a beautiful place... as always, I'm happy to sit back in my chair and enjoy these views without having to hike to see them! :)

Aug 10, 2022 05:02 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

From the pictures that you shared, I can see why that hike is so popular.  If I ever get the chance to visit Bend, I would want to try and get a pass for that hiking trail and experience it for myself.

Aug 10, 2022 05:04 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wow... 60 seconds? That is a hot ticket. Apparently, it is very worth it. Thanks for sharing, Lynnea.

Aug 10, 2022 08:30 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Carol Williams . Today we booked Jack Lake and the 48 available tickets were gone in 60 seconds.

The irony is these new forest passes are designed to keep people from over using the trails.  But in reality, people buy them and don't show up making the intended purposes pointless and denying people who make a decision last second to go for a hike frustrated. They should overbook like the airlines and rely upon the no shows.

Aug 10, 2022 10:24 AM
Carol Williams

That's too bad! 

Aug 10, 2022 01:56 PM