hiking

views

forest

walking

birding

nature trips

wild flowers

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lake

dogs on leash

trail running

river

waterfall

kid friendly

camping

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snowshoeing

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fishing

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cross country skiing

fly fishing

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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 review: hiked this on 12/22/16. Defiantly a good one to do with then whole family. Kids are 4&7 and they did just fine. Heavily trafficked trail though. Earlier the better to start.

Felt a lot longer than 1.8 miles in the snow!! :)

snowshoeing
6 days ago

snowshoeing
13 days ago

snowshoeing
15 days ago

Nice easy stroll with great views. Went camping on the west side of the lake where there was less traffic.

on Umbrella Falls Trail

hiking
19 days ago

a gorgeous hike.

backpacking
21 days ago

So beautiful! I did this hike in August 2016 solo. If you like waterfalls then don't miss this hike. I started at Wahtum Lake and finished at Eagle Creek campground. Many people stopped at Tunnel Falls if you can do the whole hike do because there are so many falls above there that are note worthy! I cant wait until I can go summer 2017 with a bunch of girlfriends

hiking
21 days ago

snowshoeing
23 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Not the full loop trail. Just an out and back to the top.

Started out at 6:00 AM. It was about 40°F and dark enough to need head lamps or other lights. Trail was easy and safe though muddy, snowy/icy, and slick in locations. Boots with good traction are recommended if heading out this time of year. I wore a base layer, plus my top layer and a jacket which was plenty for is warmth. Upon arriving at the top, cloud cover was dense enough to restrict visibility to about a half mile but the views were still breathtaking. Wind wasn't too bad though a windbreaker/rain jacket may be useful. The morning mist provided some excellent photos and overall was a very relaxing and beautiful hike. Recommended.

I absolutely love this hike! The views in any season are breathtaking. I try to do it a couple times a year.