Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
12 hours ago

Absolutely stunning. But pretty packed. Parking is tough so get an early start.

Did this about two weeks ago, was a nice hike

Total disappointment. While people have posted some beautiful pics of the gorge, if you follow the loop trail indicated by alltrails, you will see nothing remotely worthwhile. I am moving out if state next week and choose this hike as my last one based on all the great reviews. What a waste. Wish I had known what trail to take or continue on to actually reach a scenic view.

hiking
21 hours ago

Great hike. more than we expected but Ramona Falls was worth it!

Gorgeous sidetrip from Mt. Hood!

Headed up early. Nice quiet trail.

a nice hike, though it is near a road so not as remote as I'd prefer. the waterfall is so worth it though!

I did this hike last week and it was great! definitely a good workout with amazing views. I went on a Sunday, midday and only came across a few other hikers. It did take me a little bit of navigating to get to the trailhead though, because my GPS took me on a route that had a closed road. Luckily there are lots of other forest roads to get you there. I highly recommend this hike and would do it again.

Great hike with minimal to no other hikers (we saw 1). Amazing view of Hood and Adams.

backpacking
1 day ago

Because of a late start, we went in and out Burnt Lake Trail. Steady uphill climb the entire way, but nicely shaded with some groves of awesome wildflowers and butterflies.

There are a considerable number of campsites, I think we scored one of the best on the "island" of the lake because it's shaded and has easy access to the lake right off the campsite.

Be prepared to spend 45 min to an hour on the CRAZY bumpy road in. We didn't get over 10 mph the entire drive. Also, don't follow the directions on this app to the trailhead, you'll end up dead ending in an entirely wrong trailhead.

Flies were really bad, but they left in the evening.

Good quick easy hike.

This is a great walk to do with young teens and people new to hiking. It’s not too long and there is elevation to get your heart rate up for anyone wanting a challenge. The view is spectacular and there are places to rest and have lunch. I cannot wait to bring more family members to enjoy this hike with.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked 08/15/18. The mileage is most definitely 19 miles round trip minimum. The flies are still kind of mental in the forested section above Ramona Falls but they thin out as you get out of the treeline and into the open meadows above. The last section along the open ridge has some harrowing drops to your left as you ascend. Have fun, be safe and pack it out.

Great camping and swimming, been there a couple times

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked to Elk Meadows then took the Gnarl Ridge and Timberline trails to Lamberson Butte where there is an excellent view. Still a few wildflowers in bloom higher up. There was a flat log to cross Newton Creek near where the trail comes out of the woods. Hiked 11 miles.

hiking
3 days ago

Hardest hike I've done since Yosemite few years back. Highly recommend hiking poles due to the elevation climb; little to no switchbacks on the trail. Note that you need a recreation pass visible in your car at the trailhead, and that there is a registration box a little ways up with a form that needs filled out. Other then the copious amounts of black flies at higher elevations, the hike was amazing. Still got some good views of Mt. Hood even with some smoke haze in the air.

The AllTrails map, with the route currently depicted, will not take you to the falls. We were hopeful it would and just followed what AllTrails said to do, but it doesn't take you to a spot where you can actually see the falls. The route they give you kind of just ends randomly, near nothing interesting. At the endpoint depicted, we even went off trail and tried to cut through the woods to see if we could find a way to the falls, but basically got to the top of the waterfall with no way to see any views of the falls themselves, as there are steep areas surrounding both sides of the waterfall. You can basically just see a creek about to go off a ledge and that's it (and this could only be seen by going off trail, as stated above). We had to backtrack a ways and then turn onto the appropriate trail to get to the falls. If you look on the map, it's the left midway through the trail towards Tamanawas Falls Trail. Besides the inaccurate route AllTrails gives you, this trail was nice in that the trailhead is right off the main road and had plenty of parking even at 10 am on a Saturday ($5 recreation pass charge). I imagine the main trail to get to Tamawanas is much more crowded. If you take the correct turn towards the falls and ignore what this route depicts, this trail would be a great choice!

We went left which is the what I would consider the easiest way to go up so you can loop down near the sandy river and avoid going uphill as much.

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
4 days 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.

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.

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
4 days 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.

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.

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