Explore the most popular nature trips 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
4 hours ago

Amazing hike, but come prepared for icy and snowy trail conditions starting halfway through the hike! It’s difficult hiking in ice up and down hill. Bring boot traction chains and hiking poles. They’re absolutely necessary. Hiked November 10th 2018.

Great hike along a river with plenty of smaller falls on the way. There was a downed tree on the trail when I went (11/09/18) about 1.6 miles in. It gets rocky in some parts, but overall fairly easy.

Beautiful, and scenic.
Love taking my dog here.

Pretty tough hike and a steady climb all the way! Fun to see the 1930's huts, very worth the climb. Lots of good off shoots to hike while up there too!

Best time of year to visit is in the winter! Hike in on the snow and get great views of Mount Hood.

Enjoyed this hike. Beautiful fall leaves this time of year!

Do not take children or dogs on this trail. Our dog had one mis-step on the narrow trail and slid and then tumbled into a ravine. He fell so far that we couldn't see him, and we thought he had been killed for sure. We got him out and were unbelievably lucky that he could walk himself back to the trailhead (and that we didn't get injured rescuing him). I have no proof, but I agree with other posters that this trail seemed longer than 7.3 miles.

Always a great workout and a favorite.

New parking and trailhead now open. New route shows on the map. The new trail section looks like a new trail. But the bridges over Camp Creek and other stream are nice and within a couple years it should look great. Really nice to have more adequate parking and not having people walk along 26 to get to the trailhead.

Still closed as of 11/7/18

Great hike with extremely rewarding views at the end!!!

Top hike to get near Hood; love it!

Nowhere near 7.7. Plan for more like 10.5 if you make it all the way to the point. It's an amazing, and beautiful, hike, but definitely plan for something more substantial than the description indicates.

hiking
7 days ago

I'm sure this would have been a lovely hike, however, make sure you don't bring dogs or young kids. I went on 11/3/18 and the river water was rushing badly enough that we couldn't figure out a safe way to cross with dogs. We went up and down the river as far as we could find but there wasn't any where with a log large enough for a big dog to cross comfortably. Perhaps if we had harnesses on the dogs and could have them walk across with some help with the leash? We ended up turning around after my friend's border collie tried leaping off the log a foot in. I did see two sets of families with two big dogs each and I wish I had asked them how they got across. Overall, I'm willing to take risks but I'd skip this until Summer if you've got a dog large enough that you can't carry them.

The gray jays and ravens made it even more fun!

hiking
7 days ago

Absolutely worth the hike, arrived just after 8 am on a Sunday and had the trail to ourselves. Definitely not kid or big dog friendly unless they can cross the log in the river. Round trip took about 3 hours and that’s with stopping up by the falls to refuel & enjoy the view.

hiking
8 days ago

Day couldn’t have been much better (unless it was sunny, twenty degrees warmer, and no other people...). I’d be inclined to reconsider this as moderate, or at least at the lower end. It’s thoroughly enjoyable, and the loop to follow the stream downward, to me, is absolutely worth it.

Last time I did this was a year and a half ago during a heat streak. Both times of year offer something different and wonderful.

on Riverside Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Steep but up and down. Beautiful foliage.

The best ever! We went early in the morning and were there by ourself for a few hours. It was blissful. Make sure to leave your glitter at home as the stupid hippies have left enough along the trail and trees.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice, short trail with great views of Mt. Hood and the surrounding areas. Go on a clear day!

is this trail still closed??

Completed August 12-13 2018
Camped

Completed 8-26-18
Favourite

Absolutely beautiful hike! Went during the later morning hours during a rain spell so we were hiking in the clouds for most of the trip. When we got to the viewpoint, Mt. Hood was barely in sight, but occasionally we’d get a few glimpses as the clouds were moving quickly through us. Still recommend this time of year because the fall colors were stunning and such a mystical vibe throughout. iPhone GPS took us straight there to the “Pacific Crest Trail” marker on the side of the road, right after that sign, make a right and there’s some parking. I imputed “Lolo Pass” and it’s the one next to “NFD Road 18.” There’s a map station where you go left or right for the PCT, you need to go left to go south. Then follow for a majority of the hike. Before you get to this hike’s end there’s another map sign in between the Timberline trail fork, go to the right and follow that to the side of the mountain. I believe left takes you to the top of the mountain rather than the side. Recording the hike was helpful for directions! The switchbacks at the beginning is where you gain all the elevation; however, won’t be too strenuous if you’re a pretty active person. The rest is a breeze. Enjoy :)

hiking
15 days ago

This was a great beautiful and easy hike! We had planned on making the loop bigger and checking out the views of Bald Mt. too, but my my partner was getting sick and not up for 13 miles! I’d do this hike again in a heartbeat!!

Nice easy hike with a few slightly steep & rocky areas. When we got to the trailhead parking lot around 10:30, there was already about 10 cars and when we got back to the parking lot after our hike around 2:30, there was at least 25 cars. Popular trail, but it wasn’t crowded. No port-a-potty, so plan accordingly :)

Love.

Did it with our Golden and had an amazing time. Side note: Rocky in some spots. We passed by some people that turned around because they thought they were at the end of the trail (Don't do this! The waterfalls are gorgeous!)

Easy hike.

the waterfall is a great spot to stop for a snack, the river crossing was easy once we figured out where it was. gorgeous views of mt hood!

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