dogs on leash
cross country skiing
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.
Beautiful trail with a few different waterfalls. It's also a dog friendly trail!
Great combination of forest, ridges, and an open cinder field, and river crossing! Lots of diversity, the climb is steady but manageable. Got lost a little on the open cinder, trail is not clearly marked after crossing the river. I went on 4/15/17 and it was snowed in about 2miles up about up to my shin. But it's manageable for the courageous ;)
Beautiful hike, not too tough as long as you're okay with up hill the entire way there, but besides that the trail is simple and pounded down from high volumes of hiking traffic. You can camp at the lake or you can continue up to Tom, Dick & Harry Ridge, which gives a wonderful view. I've been up to this lake a few times now just as day trips for hiking and for photography purposes. You can see Mt. Hood clearly from the lake as well, which makes for beautiful pictures and vistas.