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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.

We saw Adam's Rainier St. Helen's to the north. Mt Hood up close and Jefferson to the south. Did it as a loop with a 5 and 6 year old they loved it.

backpacking
18 hours ago

(Aug 12) Did it clockwise, camping one night on the lake. The first 6.5 miles from the entrance to the lake are pretty hard - it's very steep all the way to the top even with the switchbacks. On the lake we camped at the small peninsula - didn't see any mosquitoes or angry flies as mentioned in other reviews. A few annoying flies in the morning, but we were leaving anyway. The lake is pretty clean and very warm - very good for swimming!

Completed this hike yesterday and was very impressed. We did the full loop through PP and GPS'd about 14.2 miles. Bugs were manageable. Sun exposure for the first 3 ish miles out of Zig Zag something to be mindful of, especially on a hot day. Sandy trail in areas so wear your boots! And conserve energy for the climb back out to Timberline. I ID'd approximately 15 flowers/shrubs along the way. Great time!

This seems like a popular trail, but not overly crowded. There are some camp sites at the lake, and if you keep going to the top there are great views of the entire area.

hiking
22 hours ago

Veda and Mirror are preferable to Trillium Lake. Crowds are awful. Trail is in utter disrepair. Signage sucks. It was overcast, therefore views of Mount Hood were non-existent.

hiking
22 hours ago

If we had more time, we would have climbed Tom Dick and Harry, which is on same trail path. The loop trail itself is not quite 4 miles, but it is lovely. If comparing lake to lake, we preferred Veda Lake. However, access to Mirror Lake TH is right on highway. Get there early for parking and expect crowds.

hiking
22 hours ago

The hike is short and sweet with some ups and downs, but views of Mount Hood are world-class and lake itself is serene. Dog enjoyed swimming. No bugs.
However, the drive is awful and that is being nice. Budget 45 minute to/fro from Still Creek Campground.
Glad we did it, but will never drive that road again.

walking
22 hours ago

Coldest of blue!

Super quick, easy, and rewarding hike. Great for out-of-town guests (especially if they range in levels of fitness) who want to experience an Oregon hike but have a million things to squeeze in... tall trees, moss, running water, and a water fall. It’s simple, but exciting. And it just feels really good the whole time... strong, rich energy. A perfect stop on the way to Timberline, Bend, or whatnot.

To call this a hike would be a bit of an exaggeration. Went on a Sunday in August and it was so packed it took us about 10 minutes to find a parking spot. Entire lake was full of people on floaties and kayaks and paddle boards, all of the beaches were loaded with people... Just not the place to be if you're looking for a peaceful hike. That being said, if being at a busy beach is your scene, it was a beautiful beach with an incredible view of Mt. Hood, but it wasn't my thing.

Not a bad little workout. Unfortunately barely any scenery and no waterfalls. Other downer is that you’re constantly dodging mountain bikers...and I mean CONSTANTLY!! The mountain road to the trailhead is tons of fun if you have a sports car tho

The view of the mountain was stunningly beautiful and picturesque. The lake was just okay, pretty buggy and very green, not super pretty or anything. Beware of the road to get to the trailhead. It’s intense. We saw all the warnings in the reviews and thought “ahhh it’s fine”, but no, this road is the real damn deal. Our Toyota Yaris almost didn’t make it, big ass rocks all over for about 3.5 miles... it was an incredibly stressful drive. That being said, I really enjoyed this hike and would definitely recommend.

It took 35 minutes up and 30 minutes down the road to/from trailhead. The road was as bad as described, and you really are best served with a high clearance vehicle. Veda Lake and the viewpoint of Hood are surreal. It is a beautiful emerald green color. No crowds. Save for a clear day.

This was a moderate hike with a gradual ascend up to the lake. I was just up there yesterday and there are sooo many huckleberries along the trail. Too cloudy to see Mt. Hood but still a peaceful and beautiful lake.

Such a fun hike with a stunning payoff! We arrived at 7:30 AM and were the only ones at the falls for almost an hr, so arrive early to beat the crowds. On the right side near the falls is a rocky trail. Follow it and then carefully ramble your way over the rocks to get to the back of the falls for a tremendous view!

Such a beautiful trail. Only saw a few people on a Sunday. Listening to the river made up for my dogs pulling! Not technical. A little rolly. Be back soon!

got a little lost but it was fun. the waterfall is down a scary path but worth it!

love it! had a great time in the hot springs. we were very lucky that we didnt have to wait.

hiking
3 days ago

So the directions take you to Riverside Camp ground which is fine and we started there, but there is a sign just before it’s a small wood sign on a tree and there is a parking lot so if your directions say 1 mile left start looking for the sign. Was a great hike for newbies definitely going back and did not see a waterfall

hiking
3 days ago

It’s definitely easier to get to this through Camp Creek Campground. Go straight until you have to turn right. Follow the road until you get to the bridge on the left. Parking for three vehicles on right directly across from the bridge. We got there about 915am, campers were just stirring. We didn’t see anybody on the out and back portion of the trail. I planned on going out and back, but it ends at a service road and access to the creek. Hung out at the creek a bit then followed the service road to the right because my map showed it went to a path the intersected with the Still Creek path at the halfway point so we followed it. Turned out to be lead to another service road to the right so we followed that. It dead ended at what looks like a camping area that’s fallen into disuse and there the trail ended. We were really close to the Still Creek Trail, so after a few minutes of navigating the underbrush we did pop back into the trail. We didn’t see anybody until that moment, there were a few large family groups going by then. Probably looked a little crazy to them.

The last half of the trail is very narrow next to a ravine, coming back against those large groups would have been interesting. Also the sign at the service road says horses are ok, but I don’t see how. I wouldn’t hike this alone, an accident could easily happen. There’s tons of shade for the sun-sensitive. The service road had no shade. There aren’t any eye-popping flowers or vegetation here, but it’s quiet, and pretty, we could almost always hear the creek. We went through a bottle and half of water. About 36 ounces.

This hike was so great, I did it twice in one week! The flowers are in full bloom even in the heat of August. The views are spectacular! It’s a bit steep on the way out, but does flatten and then there’s some downhill for last section.

Best hike on the mountain!

hiking
3 days ago

Not very picturesque. Very long and not entirely safe. There is a water crossing that I wouldn't bring kids or animals through.

We hike the west, steep, part of this trail with our 3 elderly dogs most days when we’re in our cabin. Our mood and level of fatigue determines how far we continue after the first turn around. The directions given appear to be for the lesser used east end of the trail and to that extent are incorrect. Road 32xx has been decommissioned at the fork. Further, as of a few weeks ago, the bridge has been decommissioned so much of the access is necessarily on foot, extending the effective trail length by about one mile.

Alternatively, park in the Camp Creek Camp Ground, cross the footbridge at the west end and ascend a few hundred yards on Still Creek Trail to its junction with Road 32, turn right, and continue to the Flag Mountain Trailhead, approximately 3/4 mile.

Most hikers (as evidenced by the other reviews and by observation) access Flag Mountain Trail from the western trailhead, where the oft-mentioned steepest half mile is found. Turn west onto Road 20 off Hwy 26, continue approximately 1 mile to Road 20E on the left. The trailhead is about 40 yards in, with parking for several cars. (If no space is available, there are multiple turnouts on Road 20 that can be used.)

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! Falls are gorgeous! Took 2.3 hours. total hike from parking up and around the loop. Going “right” at beginning of trail loop starts you on a steady uphill, not too steep, climb. Enjoy the falls while swatting flies, then downhill all the way back to parking lot. MapMyRun said 8.4 mile for me round trip from parking lot. Crossed river on stable logs

This trail is pretty tough. I left early hoping to beat some of the heat but that didn’t really pan out. I followed the map posted above. When I left the parking lot from the Top Spur trail I headed up a bit to a second junction. Left will take you down the PCT towards Lolo trailhead, right takes you to a nice little head scratcher of a junction (which is where you need to be). After you fill out your permit you can head left and get right into the hike or do what I did and take what I thought was the direct trail - but it’s a side trail- WITH AN EPIC VIEW. This path leads around the side of a ridge and is so worth taking either in your way in or on your way out. This meets up with an trail cut off that put me back on the proper trail that heads up to McNeil. I took the long way round, instead of the questionable looking side trail that ends up taking through quite the scramble (I’ll be honest I didn’t know that was the trail that takes you straight up) I opted to take the slow painful workout that goes along the back side of the ridge. I was better for it, there’s 3-4 water sources which were essential on a day like yesterday. The flies were $&@!?@& terrible. Don’t take your pup unless you have pup shoes, that dirt in direct sunlight can be really tough on them!

Great Hike. Second attempt to cross the creek and we did it! This time we crossed the creek over the small log and made the rest of the way via the rocks. I don’t think I would attempt it through the water. It was fast and I couldn’t tell how deep it was. The meadow was beautiful when we arrived!

Trail was nice and easy to reach but other than the falls and the view of Mount Hood from the back of a parking lot...... there really is not much to see. Nothing wrong with this trail I Just wasn't impressed.

easy trailhead to reach with paved roads leading to there. Like others have said its a little steep in the beginning but levels off pretty nicely towards the middle. I went pretty early so the bugs weren't terrible but bring bug spray if your going later in the day. Cool views and a fun drive to do early in the morning.

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