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cross country skiing

fly fishing

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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.

Great hike. Great place for lunch with wonderful panoramic views of the Columbia River/Gorge. Like many hikes through the Gorge you'll run into too many people.

As someone mentioned below, this hike is VERY desolate. We did not come across another hiker for the 4 hours we were hiking. There is still no foot bridge over Lost Creek so we crawled over a fallen tree that traverses the river. Unfortunately, we never made it to Zig Zag trail. About a mile from Zig Zag we encountered snow on Horseshoe and lost the trail. We did go off trail and climbed through the snow to get a quick glimpse of Mount Hood but turned back as we really didn't have the right supplies to trek through any additional snow. Be aware, the trail is NOT marked so be prepared to navigate with GPS, compass and trail map as needed if snow is still present; otherwise, the trail is pretty well worn.

Beautiful place. Wish I could backpack... lots of places to camp overnight.

Very snow when I went, but definitely worth the hike

ABSOLUTELY the best hike of my life. Gorgeous green & lush! The springs are amazing.. so beautiful. Can't wait to go again!

Fun hike; great views. Steady climbs. Some muddy sections; can be a little crowded for my preference.

4 days ago

4 days ago