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.

Hiked this trail on a weekday in mid November. Trail is in great condition. Did not see any other hikers on the trail or at the parking lot at the trailhead. First mile and a half or so is moderately steep switchbacks. After that the trail is pretty flat through the woods with glimpses of Mt Hood and Mt Adams. Once on the Timberline Trail you see a fantastic view of Mt Hood. Took about 3 hours out and back. Highly recommend!

Yes, this is a tough trail to find. And no, your kids aren’t going to like it. But it is a great workout in a gorgeous forest. We went on a Saturday after camping on the road and we only saw six people until we hit the PCT. We missed the split in the forest where going on the right side would take us to Hidden Lake. We still enjoyed the adventure.

walk with amazing views!

1 day ago

great trails! really easy, really beautiful basically the whole way to the falls. went on a monday morning and had the trail to myself which made it even better!


Nice trail, steep enough to get a workout and a really nice old growth forest, but very short. The drive up was rough— an hour up a terrible old logging road for such little payoff. The lake had nice campsites, very private and quaint.

3 days ago

Nice hike in the woods. Can be a bit muddy at times. Lots of shade. The switchbacks and elevation gained before you get to the lake was definitely a workout, but totally worth it! There were a lot of other people on the trail, so expect that.

Beautiful trail, gorgeous views, absolutely worth to go!

off trail
private property
washed out
4 days ago

Crowded, we need another plague. Very beautiful though.

4 days ago

5 days ago

Directions from the app took me the wrong way. Then the gate to campground is closed, which makes it a longer hike.

Short hike, but so interesting! Hiking along the creek, there are all these little mini-falls and pretty areas. Lots of mushrooms and fungus, mossy and interesting root formations. Lots of families and dogs on the trail, but it wasnt too crowded.

Great trail...definitely more on the side of moderate. A little rocky but mainly clear with a slow and steady incline. Took about 3 hours in and back.

Easy walk with an amazingly beautiful view!! Not too crowded on week days

Short, steep, scenic trail off a bumpy gravel Forest Road that is unpaved and full of large potholes for the last 10 miles or so. Still dry in November this year! We hiked with our 7-year-old daughter and two dogs. Only encountered two people and 1 dog the whole time. Easy to miss off the gravel road even with coordinates plugged in to phone (still not sure how we missed the first pass by)! The lake at the top of the trail is beautiful, quiet and has some nice flat areas for camping from the looks of it. Overall, we had a great time and will return, even with the ‘exciting’ gravel road on the way in and back out.

10 days ago

I don't know that I'd do this again. I felt it was a big let down for an hour and a half drive. You will ascend close to 2000’ in the first 3 miles or so. Eventually you'll leave National Forest land and about a mile later end up on Jeep trails along and around a powerline run. For me, hiking on unimproved roads I have to share with motor vehicles isn't hiking and it isn't beautiful. There are a few scenic spots by the time you hike down to the powerline.

Beautiful little walk. Brought pregnant friend along and she did great!

10 days ago

The total distance is actually 4.7 miles. Great hike!

10 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views!

The first 2km are switchbacks up to a ridge and fairly steep. The ridge walk after is fairly easy. Beautiful view of mount hood at the end

Busy, busy! Beautiful views & overall enjoyable hike. Dog friendly, on leash.

There wasn’t snow for us, but we did this in late Sept. It poured down rain the entire time we were here, but it was still very enjoyable. Well worth it to get to the falls at the end. Took both our pups & they had no problem on it!

Great trail - not for beginners, though. The way up in gradual, but it will leave you feeling out of breath in certain areas. Beautiful woods along the way. The view at the top is worth it - truly breathtaking! We took both of our dogs, a snack to have with our view, & there was no snow or ice when we went early Nov. Roundtrip it took us roughly 3.5 hrs.

We had a great, dry day. About 4 miles down the trail we hit so many downed trees (near the creek) we could no longer locate the trail and had to turn back. I don’t know if I would categorize this as a ‘hard’ hike. There were a few steep, challenging parts, but the areas we did were moderate.

Great trail. Very quiet. Lakes were frozen and the short jog up Palmeteer was worth the view. No snow yet.

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