dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson.
Late June and the mountain was still great for skiing. We hiked right up the Mountaineer Trail and then over to Silcox Hut and down the Silcox Hut Trail. Watched the US ski team train doing aerials and jumps. Pretty cool. Have seen pictures of this rocky landscape when the snow is gone and think it is nicer with the snow. Think would be more fun skiing it.
Easy to find off of the road. Parking has never been an issue for me. If you're snowshoeing, there's park benches to sit at to gear up. I usually recommend waiting until you cross the bridge (100 ft away) to strap in.
Summer time this trail is a breeze. The boulder park is breath taking and immediately transports me back to Colorado. The winter time, that boulder park is covered in snow. You'd almost not even know it's there until you make your ascent out of it. This is the trickiest part on the trail. I recommend leaving kids at home for snowshoeing adventures on this one, but summer time it's doable.
Note- if you are snowshoeing, get cramp-ons. They will make such a difference. If you're coming from Portland, there's a place in Hood River called 2nd Hand Sports that has them and avoids you the freakishly long lines at REI or Next Adventure. Also much cheaper.
One of my favorite waterfall hikes around Hood. Worth doing both in winter and summer.
Nice little gem at Mt Hood National Forest. Entertaining hike with quite some waterfalls and nice views onto the Clackamas river on the way to the Pup Creek Falls. Had to do some scrambling here and there due to fallen trees and landslides. Pup Creek Falls were pretty cool! So much bigger than expected!