The Linton Lake Trail is a moderate 4.3 mile (6.9 km) trail that begins by passing through a Douglas fir forest and wanders through lava flow before arriving at the lake. The trail mildly climbs up a hill before coming to a flat section with many lava rock boulders. From the lava boulders, the trail begins descend with some switchbacks that open up to the first views of Linton Lake. Multiple mountains can be seen in the background from the base of the lake.
Trail access is seasonal and can't be accessed when Highway 242 is closed. The trail begins from the Linton Lake Trailhead on Highway 242. Hikers are required to fill out a self-issue wilderness permit. Recreation pass or $5 day-use fee is required. Day passes are not sold at the Linton Lake Trailhead and the closest place to get a day pass is at the Proxy Falls Trailhead. Permits can also be purchased ahead of time at our Adventure and Visitor Center.