Looking for a great trail in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon? AllTrails has 151 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 68 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.

Did it in 3 days. Water crossings weren't a problem. Fantastic views throughout the hike.

Trail is well maintained, plenty of signs. Plenty of different routes to add some sights on this hike.

This trail is very pretty. Runs alongside the river most of the time which was fun. The hike was longer than we thought. We intended to go through the narrows and cave part, but only made it to Pup Creek Falls and back, which still ended up a 10.5 mile trek on our GPS watches, coming from the trailhead off Fish Creek Road. The hike gets steep and rocky in many places, but people of all ages were hiking the trail with no issues. The waterfall, marked by a pole with marker on it, definitely made the hike worth it. Will definitely do the hike again, just from the opposite trailhead.

salmon river trail section is gorgeous. not terribly challenging but plenty of up to get you going. scenery the whole time. loads of riverside campsites. then when you turn on to kinzel lake trail it is STRAIT and up for 2 miles non stop. no switchbacks. just long, strait, steep, viewless garbage. least favorite trail in Oregon. kinzel lake is a cool little campsite though. small,swampy, buggy. but quiet and peaceful. got good water to filter. saw a bullfrog. listened to crickets all night. next day continued on to finish the "green canyon way" loop which also was viewless and sucked except the lookout shelter. side note, when looking for the right turn to kinzel lake off of kinzel lake trail there is no sign but it's the ONLY major obvious side trail. if you get to a gravel road at the top you missed it. go back down 1/4 mile or less look to the left.

Nice clean trail. Wildflowers are plentiful, and mushrooms are emerging. Spectacular payoff at the summit.

Amazing! Took a dog I’m dog sitting on the trail, on the way back we veered of toward Elk Meadows and Bluegrass Ridge trails. It was a beautiful trail and was a moderate difficulty. The rocks near the falls are definitely slippery! Be careful. Amazingly beautiful cascades the entire way!

This is a good hike on a sunny day. Round trip is 4 miles and very much doable in 30-45 minuets one way including brakes. Falls are really beautiful and you can also go behind Falls. Wear good hiking shoes, the soil is bit slippery (loose soil). We had fun. Busy trail but that’s what we wanted so it was fun.

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5 days ago

Beautiful hike. Lots to see including the beautiful falls at the end. Explored on the giant rock slides as well. Easy side of moderate. We had our dog and she hates water so I was a little worried but she crossed on the logs no problem. Lots of people but most congestion at the falls. Big parking lot. I’d do this one again for sure.

It occurred to me yesterday that I’ve been hiking the trail to Zigzag Canyon for 22 years now, visiting at least once a summer. I know it like the back of my hand and consider it one of my favorites for solo hiking and with my two middle-level age boys. In all this time I’d never done the Paradise Park Loop until yesterday and was absolutely floored by the beauty and now understand its name. It truly is beautiful and the wildflowers right now are amazing. So many different views and senses as you walk this loop with meadowlands being the real draw. It makes for a long day - 12.6 miles with quite a bit of climbing, but it’s spread out over most of the hike so it never feels relentless.

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5 days ago

Messed up my recording about 2/3 the way through, but did the loop clockwise from Timberline in 3 days and two nights. I opted for the Paradise Park alternative, which I would highly recommend! So beautiful up there... None of the river crossings were all that bad, but Eliot is a little sketch getting down to the crossing. Kept my feet dry the whole trip. Overall, great scenery and amazing weather, especially nice since all the wildflowers are in bloom. Would recommend doing in 4 days as 3 was a bit of a push, especially on day 2 coming up Gnarls Ridge. Gnarly indeed...

awesome walk, no issues, great views. cloudy tho so we didnt get to see hood

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6 days ago

Definitely a butt kicker. Worth the pain

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6 days ago

Second visit. Still awesome. Last time from McNeil Point we saw nearly 270 degrees of mountains below the view point. This time the entire horizon immersed in clouds, amazing experience. Detoured to Cathedral Rock from McNeil point. It was a not a easy climb from there, almost 1000 ft elevation gain in 1 miles, but the view up there totally worth the effort!

As of 8/17/19 Trail is closed for public safety.

We came from the opposite direction because we were told it was a little shorter. It was 4 miles right to the falls. Amazing hike. We called it the secret falls because we only saw two other people. The trail has steep drop offs so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone will smaller kids.

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6 days ago

Hiked on 8/16/19. I was somewhat disappointed with this hike. The hike and trail was cool through the forest but to actually get a great view of Hood it was being on one end of the lake and intruding on someone’s campsite. Campsites were full and people throw their toilet paper in random areas. Some people are animals. Wouldn’t recommend if you’re limited on days.

Started this hike at about 9.15 on a Friday morning. Only came across one couple on the way to the falls, which took about 50 minutes at a moderately fast pace with a couple quick photo stops. There were about 15 other people at the falls when I got there, but was still able to get some nice pictures and relax for fifteen or so minutes before turning around. I would've liked to spend a bit more time, but there was a large group with several small kids that was about to leave and I did not want to get stuck behind them. The way back was a tad slower, 1) because there were a lot of people making their way to the falls at this point, so I was slowing down and stopping more, and 2) I have a harder time navigating rocks and trees going down than going up the trails. I followed the trail map exactly, but round trip was just about 4 miles, not 3.3. There is definitely some up and down that kept my heart rate up (between 105 and 120 bpm the entire hike, except while resting at the Falls), but it was not terrible. There is also a boulder field to navigate, but it's not bad by any means. I am new to hiking and am not super active, just go on long walks every day, and I would say this is on the easier side of moderate. Make sure you have $5 in cash for a recreation parking pass if you do not have a Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Interagency pass. I saw very little about that little detail before going, and only knew to grab $5 in advance because I saw one comment about it. If you are considering this hike, I HIGHLY recommend it. It is only about 30 minutes from my apartment, so I will definitely be returning. Absolutely gorgeous, no litter on the trails or at the Falls, and super peaceful. The trail is pretty intuitive, and I only had to verify on the map once. The constant sound of the creek is great too.

Went with a girlfriend and took our dogs. My little 3 month husky pup loved cannon balling down switchbacks on the way back. Lots of flys the minute ya stop but the view is worth it!!!

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6 days ago

Nice walk, would rate it on the easy side of moderate for sure. The backside of the loop was a pleasant surprise, green, quiet stream with rock cliffs. Note on river crossing; I went .1 mile up stream to find a better crossing, I should have looked 10 feet downstream where the trail came out originally, pretty easy.

Fairly steady and flat until last mile. Fun clean trail:)

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