Best bird watching trails in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Mount Hood National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Tamanawas Falls Trail
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
A short hike into the waterfall. The falls itself is a large falls with a large dry cave behind the falls. Rocks can be very slippery when wet so make sure to watch your step. The dry cave makes for a great finish to the hike and a great place to eat your lunch. Show more
#2 - Timberline Trail Around Mount Hood
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 41.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
The incredible Timberline Trail, beginning at Timberline Lodge and circling the immense Mount Hood, is the backpacking trip of a lifetime. Covering about 40 miles, most people complete the trip in 4 days and 3 nights. Located in the Cascade region, this trip features stunning views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and the Three Sisters. Portland, the Coastal Range, and the Columbia River are also visible from the trail. With highlights like Ramona Falls and Paradise Park, the variety experienced along this route is truly incredible. Barren lava flows can be seen along with towering craggy glaciers. Traces of evidence from the geological processes that formed this unique landscape can be seen throughout the length of your trip. Blooming meadows of wildflowers and huge waterfalls are sure to make all of your climbing efforts well worth it!Show more
#3 - Bald Mountain from Lolo Pass Trail
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
#4 - Old Salmon River Trail
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
This is an easy, mostly flat hike along the Salmon River. For never being more than 100' from the road, it feels remarkably remote. There are multiple camping sites along the trail right along the Salmon River, however, they are currently closed (10/13/2020). This trail would be a good one to hike with kids and use as that first "backwoods" experience with them since it's an easy trail with multiple, flat campsites and the entire length is close to a road. Note: This stretch of the Salmon River is closed to all angling.Show more
#5 - Lost Lake Butte Trail
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
#6 - Lost Lake Loop (Lakeshore Trail)
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
$9 cash entrance fee.Show more
#7 - Lower & Upper Twin Lakes via PCT
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
A shorter hike through with scenic views of Mt. Hood, and two crystal clear lakes. Both lakes have availability for camping and light backpacking which can serve as a basecamp for other treks in the area. Snow can linger throughout June despite warmer weather but makes for great snowshoeing earlier in the year. Add an extra two miles to the trip by circling both lakes.Show more
#8 - Sahalie Falls Trail
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 37 m
#9 - Umbrella Falls and Sahalie Falls
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
It is a short walk (a little over a quarter mile) to Umbrella Falls, a nice 60-foot waterfall with a veil over the bedrock.  There is a footbridge crossing over the creek just below the falls and provided a good spot for pictures. After another quarter mile is the intersection with Sahalie Falls Trail (667C).  From here, it is a little over a mile to the next waterfall.  The hike is very pleasant, gradually heading downhill through the forest and along a ridgeline above East Fork Hood River. A very steep unofficial trail leads down to the base of the falls.Show more
#10 - Vista Ridge Trail to Cairn Basin
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
Note: Users have reported that Forest Service Rd 16 is impassable during winter conditions.Show more
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