hiking
1 day ago

Nice well maintained trail. Nice view at the end. Not too crowded on a Friday. Nice and easy elevation. No snow, minimal mud.

Hiked in to the viewpoint just before dusk, camped, and hiked out the following morning. The sunset views of the mountain are incredible! The 5:30am sunrise is not worth getting up for on the west side of the mountain. This I have learned! Haha.

on Elk Meadow Trail

hiking
blowdown
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Go left at trailhead for a lesser incline, recommend stopping at Sahalie Falls in addition to Umbrella Falls.

hiking
4 days ago

Stunning views of mount hood!

Grwat trail- make sure you have the parking pass prior to arrival- beautiful wildflowers, bridges & views!

Beautiful, quick and easy trail.

Beautiful Day !

Trail is well marked. I started it early at 8AM and was the only person on it for 1 hour. Lots of wildflowers blooming.

hiking
5 days ago

Park at Elk Meadows Trail head. Walk West on the paved road until you find Mt Hood Meadows Rd. Walk South and around the bend until you find a trail to the right with a piece of wood nailed to a tree. It will say Sahalie Trail.

Love this trail! There are definitely bugs up there, but the meadow is gorgeous. Awesome camping spots too

hiking
fee
muddy
washed out
9 days ago

Beautiful meadow and views of the mountain. There is one area you have to cross a river to go up the ridge to the meadow. There is a log laid across and you have to rock hop a little. No difficult but requires a little balance.

Of the two I liked Umbrella the best. A nice cascading waterfall.

Started at Horseshoe ridge but took the Zig Zag mountain trail to Cast Lake and then to Paradise Park on 6/27. Beautiful wild flowers and views of Mt. Hood after the Cast Lake turnoff. Encountered multiple friendly groups through this region. Real hard to be in a sour mood with as beautiful as the views and vegetation are this time of year. After you pass the turn off for Burnt Lake the trail becomes quite overgrown. It's followable but I was wearing shorts and my lower legs definitely show it. Only saw one other hiker on this stretch and he only.went in a short distance.I didn't really love the trail here until I got to the Paradise Park region. Snow was minimal. There were a couple patches of snow on the trail as you neared 5000' that are shaded by large trees/valleys, but they were not too impactful for route finding or stability.

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Hardly any snow now. The trail is mostly dry.

running
blowdown
over grown
snow
14 days ago

I ran/hiked this as far as Cast Lake where I had a swim and returned (30km / 20 mi). The trail was quite overgrown from the top of the first ridge on and quite a few trees were down but they didn't pose a major problem. Consider wearing lower leg protection. There were several patches of snow lingering around the top of Zigzag Mt. Cast Lake is clear, cool and refreshing for a swim. The trail is mostly shaded which is nice on hot days like today. The beginning is tough getting up to the ridge but you're rewarded with amazing views of Mt Hood from the top of ZigZag. Saw one other person in the 4 hrs 30 mins.

its June 22nd and still too snowy. Barely made it past the lodge and got tired of trying to find the trail through deep snow!

hiking
blowdown
flooded
muddy
18 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
snow
18 days ago

Very underrated trail! Definitely wouldn’t rate this as “easy” though. Moderate for sure. It’s on quite an incline for a while but eventually levels out. Sooooo many bugs, muddy, some parts are snowy but nothing your regular hiking boots can’t handle. There are a few logs over water you have to cross, and only one that’s a little tricky. Would absolutely recommend downloading this trail map as we went the wrong way a couple of times and had to refer to the map. Otherwise, the view is a great pay off and it was well worth the hike.

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