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Best trails in Mount Hood National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon? AllTrails has 157 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 75 moderate trails in Mount Hood National Forest ranging from 0.9 to 102.1 miles and from 78 to 6,896 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson.

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#1 - Ramona Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Please note that the bridge to the trailhead is currently closed which will add more miles to this hike. Please note: Access to trail may close seasonally. Please check with the park prior to your visit. This lollipop-loop trail begins at the base of Mt. Hood from Sandy River up to a gorgeous Ramona Falls and back. Ramona Falls drops 120 feet, cascading and splitting into ever smaller fingers of water broken up by the hexagonal columns of basalt at the base of the cliff. The trail is relatively easy for this region, but the elevation gain could require plenty of rest stops for those not used to hiking in the mountains. The south leg of the loop to the falls is less scenic and bogs down with sand in a few spots, but it's still an enjoyable, well maintained trail with some nice views on the way to the falls. After the falls, the return trip on the north leg is wonderful, following the lush, green path of Ramona Creek and skirting towering cliffs before veering south to head back towards the trailhead. WARNING: there is no longer a bridge to cross - use caution when crossing the logs.Show more
#2 - Tamanawas Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. 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
#3 - Mirror Lake Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Please note that this trail is currently closed due to wildfires (09/08/2020).Show more
#4 - McNeil Point Trail [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 52 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. The beginning of this hike explores a beautiful forest setting and is quite relaxing. In some areas you are walking through close-in brush. At higher elevations you will be above the tree line and the trail becomes quite steep and strenuous. The old rock shelter at McNeil Point is a great spot to stop and have lunch. From here, you can see Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams on a clear day. This trail also features some of the best views of Mt. Hood you can find. In the winter, this route can still be completed but is more strenuous. The snow can be heavy, so we recommend snowshoes, crampons, an ice axe, and rope. The stone shelter at McNeil Point isn’t very protective against heavy winds.Show more
#5 - Timberline Trail Around Mount Hood [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 41.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Please note that the Mount Hood National Forest is currently closed due to wildfire: https://www.fs.usda.gov/mthood/ 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
#6 - Angels Rest to Devil's Rest Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 6 h 6 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Starting in a fern-filled forest, the trail climbs uphill for 0.6 mile before reaching the top of Coopey Falls, a 150 to 175 foot horsetail waterfall, and the footbridge crossing the creek. Continuing on, the trail begins to switchback uphill for 1.6 miles before reaching the ridge crest. Turn left at a junction to a spectacular gorge viewpoint. Use extreme caution at the steep cliff edge. Some nice flower features of this hike are the wildflower displays (which peaks in May) of blue-eyed grass, star-flowered Smiliacina, and trillium at lower levels. Also you get a grand view of the Gorge once you reach the top. There is even a bench to rest yourself on that overlooks the entire area.Show more
#7 - Trillium Lake Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 47 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. NOTE: As of August 2020, a portion of the boardwalk is closed due to construction. Visitors may walk around the lake to either side of the closed area, but it is not possible to complete the full loop at this time. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53514. The road leading to the lake may close seasonally due to hazardous winter conditions, which adds approximately 2 miles to the entire length of the hike. Show more
#8 - Bald Mountain from Lolo Pass Trail [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.Show more
#9 - Memaloose and Clackamas Falls [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. NOTE: The road for the trailhead is closed so, park across the river potentially at the abandoned weigh station about a quarter mile north-northwest on 224. Dogs are not allowed in the caves (to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease killing the bats) and you can’t get to the waterfalls without going through caves, so don’t bring your dog! Hikers have reported that there are several fallen and crumbled logs on the main trail and you may have to use the side trail. These falls are Clackamas and Lower Clackamas Falls, if you want to go to Memaloose Falls you will have to bushwhack over. Notes on accessing this trail in WINTER: The “TH” (trailhead) marker is labeled with a sharpie on a reflective snow level marker and is easy to miss. The trail from there isn’t maintained, there is lots of deadfall to climb over and under. There are 4 sections of almost vertical down with ropes left by previous hikers to scale down, and up the steep, muddy downgrade. It’s fun, and a bit sketchy. Once at the bottom, the trail to the left is blocked by deadfall and the trail to the right quickly disappears.Show more
#10 - Umbrella Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Mount Hood National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.Show more
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