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hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful t-shirt weather, no bugs, perfect day! Met many great people. I got to witness and take a photo for a couple from Minnisota who were in outright disbelief as they viewed a real mountain up close for the first time. A good reminder of how lucky we are to live here and see it often.

A fun trail with a rewarding view! Just be sure to turn left at the pile of rocks near the top. Got tricked up there for a second ;). If you continue further down along the rocks at the summit you can find a nice little point away from most of the crowd

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful hike, old growth and wonderful views of Mt.Hood.

This was a really beautiful great hike! Since I went in the fall I got to see lots of beautiful colors, even the road up to the trailhead was brilliant with yellows and reds. Lots of salal turning brilliant red. Take the Pacific Crest Trail to the Timberline trail and around bald mountain since there is not a specific "Lolo Pass to Bald Mountain" sign. The first part of the trail is the hardest with some switchbacks but once you get up the hill it is pretty even. Heard Pika and Ravens. The views at the end of the trail are magnificent and you can see not only the mountain up close, but the Muddy Fork valley as well with a great spot to sit on some rocks and eat your snacks :) We saw just a few people there the same day so it was nice and quiet. It was a bit cold though, even on a perfect sunny day, so bring a sweater and a hat.

Really awesome trail with views, and so accessible being right off the highway for any car (forest pass required).

Definitely agree with other reviewers that it’s worth it to take the trail around mirror lake on your way up or back, up to you, and if it’s not too choppy you get an extra beautiful show.

Trail was super well maintained and wasn’t as busy as I expected on a Weds afternoon. Crowd thins after Mirror Lake (trailhead you park @ is Mirror Lake Trailhead). Gorgeous fall colors right now too!

This was such a fun hike! My friends and I are definitely not experienced but we were all physically capable of this hike. It was a bit more challenging than we had expected but we were still able to hike up and down in around 3-3 1/2 hours. Mirror lake was fun to stop and take some photos. We had beautiful weather. The views were spectacular! Will suggest and do this hike again!

I went on a Sunday and did not see any road closure signs. I followed the GPS directions to the trailhead but I never saw any signs that indicated Bald Mountain or Lolo Pass Trail. There's very little to no information at the trailhead except for a sign that says "Pacific Crest Trail", so I decided to just set out to my left from the parking area and see what happened. I met so many people on the trail asking where they were because there really is not much signage and the little there is, mostly unhelpful. No mileage, no trail markers. Thankful to Sarah Adams, the review before mine, for her review because without it, I would have never known that perhaps I was in the right place. I stayed on PCT to the sign in junction and went to my left on the Timberline. I walked about 40 minutes from there to a beautiful clearing right above a basin at the foot of Mt Hood. Ideal place to have a snack, then headed back. Lovely hike. Not very difficult. Steady 1.5 miles of gradual ascent in the beginning then it flattens out. Lots of great views of Hood along the way. Another 1.5 or so of gradual ascent to the clearing from the sign in point on Timberline Trail. All that gradual ascent makes for a very easy descent back to your car. Go early to avoid the seemingly bus loads of people coming up after 10am.

My brother & I hiked this trail when the weather was slightly cold and was raining pretty good outside and the hike was still GREAT.
This hike would be AWESOME to do on a clearer day so that you can actually witness the "killer" views.
Just be prepared though because I left my car lights on because of the foggy weather outside and we ALMOST got stranded there overnight so defiantly be prepared when you go to the woods!

amazing views! I'm so glad I went, and persevered until the top!

hiking
7 days ago

Fantastic fall hike! It was a huffer and puffer, but all the views are worth it. Viewed not only Mt. Hood, but Mt Adams, Mt Rainer and Mt Saint Helens. This is a very diverse hike with fields of psentemon seeding in the breeze, burns from who knows when, tallis slides, huckleberries, frosted meadows and more. Like the former review says, McNiel point would be worth the few extra miles. My legs and bum are feeling the burn today. A top notch hike.

Absolutely worth the climb and the sweat to get to the top. Seeing 5 peaks was a lucky experience!!

Did this yesterday (Friday) and LOVED it! Not many people on the trail at all. We found the trail a little confusing but figured it out in the end. Ended up keeping left on both loops going up and doing the other way down. This takes you the gradual way up to McNeil Point and we ended up going down the steep way. We agreed that we would have preferred climbing up the steep way over down- tough but it was pretty sketchy going down. If you go up the gradual way, don't feel like you need to wait until you get to the shelter to stop for views. We didn't sit in the shelter at all because it's enclosed so you miss much of the view. Wish we'd stopped to eat on one of the big rocks coming up!

hiking
11 days ago

This was a well-maintained, open trail that winds thought a variety of landscapes on the way up to the Mt. Hood timberline. I can't really speak to the views because I was socked in most of the hike, but what little I could see was pretty amazing. I suggest continuing on to McNeil Point if you have the time and energy. I hear it's worth the climb!

This was a beautiful hike! As others have stated, my only complaint is that you could see the road most of the time. Everything else was so beautiful that it didn’t really bother me. I definitely recommend going during the beginning of fall because it’s so beautiful when the leaves are starting to change and fog is dwelling around the trees. The waterfall was much bigger than I expected. Not very trafficked - even for a Saturday. We hung out at the waterfall for a good 30-45 min before people arrived.

Watch out for bees

good hike and views that are worth the climb.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful day on the trail yesterday. The weather was perfect, even though the Mt. Hood view from the point was a bit socked in. Still a few strangling wildflowers and great fall reds, oranges, and yellows on the foliage. Such a well worth it hike!

The best part of the hike is the old growth forest, some really massive trees. The lake is rather unimpressive although clouds were covering Mt.Hood once we got to it

view is definitely worth it!

This hike is worth is every time (no matter the weather). It's a breathtaking view. I would highly suggest to loop around Mirror Lake then going up to Tom, Dick and Harry.

If you want a view of Mount Hood, definitely check the weather. I've been here four times and twice it was cloudy, but still worth the hike and the view.

**Get there before 8 if you want to park right at the trailhead. Also, you will need a NW Forest Pass (if you don't have the pass you will need to buy a $5 day pass, which you can't do at the trailhead so plan ahead). You will also need to park at the Mirror Lake Trailhead**

hiking
22 days ago

It was a little cloudy but no rain so that was nice. Did get a couple of bee stings on the hike so watch out for that!

Very well maintained and beautiful trail.

Simply breathtaking at the top. The leaves are just starting to change, and it was pure loveliness all of the way up. Highly recommend.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike, could easily see MSH, Rainer, Adams, Hood and Jefferson on this bluebird day.

Moderate hike for sure. It is uphill most of the way except for the area around Mirror Lake and part of the hike after the large hairpin turn on the mountain. There are some parts that get a little rocky, but still very manageable & not treacherous. Views are simply amazing. Parking is right on route 26, and there are only about 20-25 spots so get there early or expect to wait for a spot. I did this hike in 3.5 hours round trip with about 45 min in breaks along the way.

I would rate this hike as easy, since the ascent can be done very fast. The views, nature, and different landscapes are truly special and diverse. I would recommend this trail to anyone who's looking to have a hike that is fewer than three hours, but sets the stage for what Pacific Northwest hikes can be. The parking is interesting, since it is literally right off of the freeway. Make sure to buy passes for the National Forest System online or at the Ranger's station in ZigZag before parking, since there is no place to purchase tickets here. Finally, there are a tremendous array of better hikes in the area, but this is good for those looking for something easier.

Good hike. Unfortunately when we were there the smoke was blocking the views of Mt. Hood. The lake is beautiful however and it was warm enough to jump in and swim. Really easy hike as well. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

backpacking
1 month ago

Went Labor Day weekend. If we didn’t arrive early we would’ve been out of a camping spot! Was a moderate trail to burnt lake, but with my pack on, felt like a long time to get there :)

I’d love to come back and do this hike on a clear day :) couldn’t see any views of Hood, but I’m sure it would’ve been stunning... a pretty easy hike no high elevation gain or steep inclines. It was nice

This falls is well worth the hike!

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