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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.

Pound for pound the most amazing hike I’ve done in Oregon and I’ve done some amazing hikes all over this state. We caught it on a crisp clear day and the vistas are breath taking. You could see well over 100 miles in all directions. We could see St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Jefferson, Sisters, the rolling cascades, the central oregon desert... it was well worth the effort.

You can get there in a mid clearance car but we opted for a 4x4 Jeep which made getting there easier. The trail is mostly sandy and rocky.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go. We were very fortunate but I’d pack for wind/rain/cold just to be safe as it can easily change. I’d also recommend a hat, sunglasses, something to cover your ears from wind, and gloves. Trail is never super steep for very long. Mostly a gradual trudge. A++

Beautiful scenery on a clear October day. Just the drive here from PDX proper was worth it. A few other hikers on a Monday morning but didn’t feel crowded. Path gets rocky & has a few largish root tangles throughout but nothing truly difficult. Area near the falls can be very slippery, but how far up you go is up to you - it’s selfie-worthy at the bottom too. Path follows water throughout, super pleasant. Gorgeous short hike.

Looks like someone was confused by where they were on the mountain. The reason they weren't familiar with the Mt Hood Meadows loop is probably because this starts at Timberline and goes above the Palmer run next to the White River glacier.
It's a fine hike, but needs a more appropriate name.

Easy to get to, incredible views multiple times along the way. Never too difficult to climb.

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 and it was yet another GREAT and WORTHY hike for sure.
There are some pretty AWESOME views on the way to the ASTOUNDING looking waterfall and is also a very good hike because the journey back has different views and is a different cool trail because it's a loop hike.

P.S. There are some GNARLY potholes on the way to the parking spot but as long as your aware of how and where your driving even a compact car like mine is able to make it without damaging your vehicle.

My brother & I hiked this trail and I've got to say this hike is PERFECT if your not trying to go on a really long hike that has difficult terrain to navigate.
The waterfall at the end is DEFINITELY worth every bit of the hike that it takes to get there.
Plus the whole trail on the way to the waterfall has amazing views and cool spots to stop at.

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!

backpacking
1 day ago

Hiked this trail over this gorgeous weekend in October. Quite a few day hikers up to the viewpoint. No one after that. We stayed at Goat Creek with one other group. Took a day hike the next day well past the Kinzel Lake trail connection. Found MANY piles of semi-fresh cat scat on the trail. Also found evidence of bear activity and a paw print. Definitely had "that feeling" of being watched/followed for much of this part of the trial (from about mile 5.5-8 or so). We made lots of noise. On the way back to camp found a very fresh cat print in the trail. Made more noise :). Stay in groups (please) if you hike past Goat Creek. There definitely is wildlife in abundance past that point.

hiking
1 day ago

Pretty cool walking under Hood River Meadows ski lift with no snow! Steep in a few spots and Mt Hood peak poking her head through the trees...well-marked trail. Both waterfalls are stunning was very quiet for sunny Sunday morning. Pretty steep going down to Sahalie Falls-lots of roots to help with the scramble and absolutely worth it!

hiking
1 day ago

Fee parking, well-marked trail, big parking lot...great for kids & dogs...go early to beat the weekend crowds...steady incline, beautiful Fall foliage and waterfall

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike and fairly easy. Ramona falls is gorgeous and a lot bigger that expected. Highly recommended.

Awesome hike with different terrain throughout. Went on an amazingly clear day and could see several peaks. Took us 5 hours and was well worth it. More traffic around 2pm than there was at 10am. Highly recommend if Mirror Lake is too crowded

trail running
2 days ago

Great workout, stunning views at the top (about 5 miles in). First 4 or so miles are mostly uphill. Trail could be better maintained, overgrown vegetation at times. Only one downed tree, easy to hop over.

So beautiful, definitely worth it to go on to the Tom Dick & Harry trail once you loop the lake!

Honestly, it's neat if you're nearby already but I found it pretty underwhelming. Beautiful colors but the trail is very short and it's hard to get a good view of the lake. Maybe it was just too crowded for me, but I wouldn't do it again. Go to Tamolitch Blue Pool instead!

PS - it was also a big bummer you can't get in the lake. I understand it would stir up the mud and be a drag for others, but it's still a body of water you cant get in and thats a bummer.

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!

Really nice view of Mt Hood over the lake but a large portion of the trail is closed. People have created a bit of another route off trail but it's not very clear.

currently road closed for repaving

This trail is beautiful especially in the fall. I did the hike alone but i don’t recommend that. A few dangers to keep in mind: the fog can roll in quickly and you can lose visibility. I hiked it September 28- October 2 2018. I was 1 mile from the lodge and the fog rolled in and i lost the trail. Pretty much where the hiker that just died was found a week later. It was scary but i had a beacon in case of emergency. I ended up by palmer lift up on the glacier. It was very scary. I got lucky and the fog cleared for a second and i saw the palmer lift and then it disappeared again. I started to head that direction and back down hill when i got a brief glimpse of the lodge and then it also disappeared again. I was lucky i was in a ravine that went straight to the lodge. I was stuck up there for 6 hrs before i found my way back. I almost used my beacon but grateful i didn’t have to. I totally recommend the hike you just need to be prepared for anything. I plan to go back and see where i went wrong. I also am advocating for a sign to be added where that turn off is. Multiple hikers have gotten lost there. Good luck it was absolutely breathtaking and i feel like a badass fir completing the hike solo. Yeah me!!

Very picturesque and mild hike. The elevation climb was gradual that it felt very easy. It was an overcast day so we kept a good pace. The river crossing was easy since the water was low. The falls were smaller than I imagined but still quite beautiful.

Began at 7am and completed clockwise loop in 1 day. Precipitation most of the day and clouds finally cleared around mile 30 for some great views. Not much runoff so river crossing were relatively dry. No GPS signal for offline map, garmin watch or inreach tracker that day around Heather and Clark creek so study that area well to avoid losing the trail.

hiking
6 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!

Amazing little hike along the creek to the falls. The water was incredibly clear and the sandy bottom made it some of the prettiest water I have seen.

Beautiful views of Mount Hood! Very easy hike.

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.

Well graded for the most part and very well maintained. Many miles above the treeline, offering amazing views on the top part of the mountain and its many glaciers. River fording can be tricky, but is a major highlight of the Trail.
Found much secludedness when we tackled the whole trail in early october. Got snowed on! Great experience.

Great hike! Fall colors, light rain, mushrooms everywhere, salmon running. No one at the trail head at 9:30 busy by 3:30.

scenic driving
10 days ago

Beautiful view of Mt Hood from the lake. Enjoyed watching some men fly fishing

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