Explore the most popular birding 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.

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.

Wonderful trip! Did this as a 4-day backpacking trip with my wife in August of 2017. Breathtaking views, wildflowers, historic shelters, and snow fields. This hike has a little bit of everything. If your itinerary allows, camp at Dollar Lake on the north side of the mountain. It’s a short climb from the main trail, but has excellent campsites, a beautiful view of the mountain, and a nice place for a swim or washing clothes. Water crossings vary significantly with temperature and rainfall. Sandy, Coe, and Elliott were the most challenging for us. It’s a fantastic and challenging hike.

A great day hike or overnight with plenty of wildflowers and big views of the mountain. The hike starts with excellent views along the Timberline Trail/PCT with pleasant rolling hills and then becomes more dramatic with a sweeping view of Mt. Hood and the Zigzag Canyon. A healthy descent and relatively easy crossing of the Zigzag River changes to a forest climb and then opens into colorful meadows of flowers as you join the Paradise Park Trail. Move quickly as the flies are abundant through this section of the climb. As you continue to ascend, you are rewarded with increasingly impressive views of the mountain and the feeling that you could just walk to the top. Enjoy a leisurely walk in Paradise Park before returning down to the PCT to make the trip back to Timberline Lodge.

Half the trail is closed right now (September 2018). Also a lot of selfie people out there :(
I offered to take pictures for them though!
Easy beautiful hike for the crew I was with though - husband, 4-year-old, 2-month old.

Lots of trail options that all end up going to the top. Well, unless you find yourself on the Timberline trail going around the mountain, which would be wrong. Snow the last mile or so as of 9/17. Was pretty socked in at the top. Stopped at “tie-in rock” as the temperature dropped suddenly and couldn’t see anything anyway. The mileage seemed a little longer than described, but I neglected to turn on my tracker until maybe a mile or so in. If you continue up the road from the trailhead/campsite parking lot you can see the old Cloud Cap Lodge, which is closed to the public, but neat anyway.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful place to hike for summer!!!

Mt Hood shrouded in clouds. Probably more impressive on a day with better views. Not too crowded for a Saturday. A portion of the trail is temporarily closed for repairs, but there is a fairly well worn alternative.

This falls is well worth the hike!

hiking
4 days ago

one of my favorite day hikes near portland! i would say this trail is more of a moderate to hard. if you start in the morning, say 10:45/11 am and take a break at the a-frame, and continue back down, you should be done by 2:30/3 pm. it may be cooler when you start but once you break out of the trees and into the open parts of the trail, it gets warm fast (you are in the sun for 70% of the hike). its a hike to take on if you are in decent shape, bring plenty of water and food and take your time. views don't happen until you are closer to the a-frame (about 1-1.5 hours in or so). when you make your way back down, the wind may pick up, so be sensitive to weather. you can use hiking poles, they help but not needed if only going to the a-frame. side note, no restrooms around the area.

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on nearby Hunchback Trail.

Not the best views, and much of the trail shows signs of heavy use by mountain bikers. Nice trail through great forest.

Hiked this trail on a weekend with some friends. It is much busier than a weekday, so try your best to get to the trailhead before 8:30 AM. Also, if you can, try to hike it on a clear day. There's so much more to see.

Easy hike, brief view of Mt Hood, nice areas to hang out by the water. Did this with our one year old and he loved walking around by the water.

This was a fun trail for me & a family friend (kiddo that is 10 yrs old) to explore! The trail was clearly marked, dusty, rocky at points, and beautiful to walk along water the majority of the way. I would recommend this if you want a quick morning/afternoon hike. Enjoy!

Holy WOW! What a beautiful hike! 12.8 miles in 5 hours (moving). Not sure if one way is better than the other when you get to the loop. I went right. I’ll go straight if I do it again. I definitely would’ve preferred Scotty to beam me out the last 2 miles, but whatever. What an absolute joy this trail is!

Loved the waterfall view! Rocky in some spots but not too bad. Wasn’t too busy on a Thursday during the day which was great.

hiking
9 days ago

The hike was short and fairly easy. However it was very rocky so be careful; it’s totally doable tho! I’ve seen people bring kids and pets though some parts of the trail might be a bit rough for your pets. The trail was also very scenic and shaded. The waterfall itself was super gorgeous!! I would recommend getting there early because by the time it was noon today, the place was packed with people. Also bring bug spray. Our lunch was disturbed several times by horseflies and yellow jackets. Definitely recommend the hike tho!

Despite seeing on the park website Lolo Pass Rd is open, you are diverted to another road and as the previous reviewer stated, will hang left at the fork. Lots of bumps in the road! Parking is just past the PCT marker to your right. Trail starts flat but quickly starts gaining elevation. You have about 1.5 miles of steady elevation before things flatten out. You will come to a viewpoint of Hood and a valley, but this is not nearly the end of the trail! You keep on through a dense yet spaced forest after filling out your permit and continue on Timberline. Once you see a clearing you'll come up on a view of the valley and then Hood around the bend. Quite beautiful and a good workout.

family friendly. great hike.

Beautiful trail, but do not underestimate the last 3 miles as they are a thigh burner!

My husband and I hiked this over Labor Day weekend, and while it was a bit busy, we loved it. Definitely want to come back soon!

‘This IS a must stop & hike if in the area. Trail is a never boring mix of vegetation, large boulders, ascending & descending paths. Most of all the fresh pine smell and sounds of rushing water keep you pressing towards the awesome waterfall at the end. Enjoy!!

hiking
12 days ago

Nice view but worth climbing up to the top.

great hike if you don't mind unpaved roads and dust. the view of Mt Hood was amazing and since we did it just after labor day there was no snow on the trail. not an easy trail by any stretch of the imagination for beginners, though.

hiking
12 days ago

Lovely little hike on well maintained trails. The trail tracks the creek terminating in the impressive Tamanawas Falls. Recommended.

on Trillium Lake Loop Trail

walking
13 days ago

The view was amazing all around! There are a lot of ducks and a beaver damn, but we didn’t see much other wildlife. There are lots of geocaches around the trail, but unfortunately a part of the loop was closed for maintenance.

Very nice walk thru the woods

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