Hike Green Lakes in Snow for a Unique Experience

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

We have hiked to Green Lakes multiple times. However, fewer hike this popular trail when the weather turns cold and cloudy. Our experience hiking to Green Lakes on 10-14-23 was the first we had this year. The trail passes to Green Lakes are so hard to get that if you are 30 seconds past 7 am on the US Forest Service website, you will be too late. Despite trying weekly all year, last Saturday, the last weekend of the year where passes are required, we finally obtained two. 

The weather was cloudy and cool, and during our hike the expected "ring of fire" eclipse occurred, resulting in a drop in temperature and a darker sky. However, after that event, the rest of our hike up to Green Lakes was uneventful, outside of hitting more and more snow the higher we climbed. At the second log bridge we put on our microspikes for safety against slippery conditions and the rest of the hike was fine. We had to do some postholing once we reached the first lake, but it was well worth the effort to travel to the far side which fewer people travel to, but is among our favorite spots due to the beautiful views of South Sister which can be mirrored in the lake. We also trekked a bit up the east side of the largest Green Lake, but decided against going further and returned back after enjoying lunch and the views.

On our hike back to the trailhead, we met a good number of hikers coming up in the later afternoon.  Our morning experience was solitary with no one visible during our hour at the lake.

Green Lakes Bridge Fall Creek
Green Lakes Snow Green Lakes View
Green Lakes Green Lakes Waterfall

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


Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lynnea. You are more adventurous than me. With bad knees I confess to not being a hiker, That said I envy you and the sights you see on your hikes. Enjoy your day.

Oct 19, 2023 04:35 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Even though that looks incredibly beautiful, I will pass on a hike in the snow, haha.  These photos are good enough for me to admire in the warmth of my own home, haha.

Oct 19, 2023 04:52 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, great photos! I looked up the elevation since I was surprised to see so much snow already - but at 6560 feet, it's not quite as surprising.

Oct 19, 2023 04:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Truly stunning, Lynnea... I hate snow, which is one reason I live in North Carolina where I rarely see it. But I do love seeing it in pictures... so thanks for sharing.

Oct 19, 2023 05:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your hiking adventures and your photographs.

Oct 19, 2023 08:44 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Kat Palmiotti . Today our temperature in town is expected to hit 78 degrees. By next week we are expecting more snow in the mountains. The weather is all over the board right now.

Oct 19, 2023 01:20 PM