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.
Very long trail, you see a few other waterfalls along the way to Pup Creek Falls. There is not trail to them but you can climb over vegetation and get to them. One of them you can climb upstream and get to the base of the falls. Everyone brought their dogs but I don't think that's a good idea. There are some sketchy areas and you have to climb over several fallen trees. The view of the falls is worth the long hike. Very muddy though.
This hike took me the better part of an afternoon and was absolutely worth it. Offers amazing overlook of the gorge and lots of interesting rock formations. Not a bad idea to pack an extra water bottle for this hike. I went late fall and only saw a few people over the course of the entire hike. I'm sure this changes when the weather is warmer. This is one of my favorite hikes in the Gorge so far
very bad experience on this trail. be very weary of aggressive bees late summer. my husband and I were hiking on the trail about 3/4 of the way through when we were attacked by ground bees. we were chased for over 2 miles and I was stung 4 times and my husband 11 times. hiked August 2016.
Did this June 2016, beautiful view of Hood from a side you don't normally get to see. Saw about 15-20 people the whole hike which now a days is good. The meadow itself is a great place to stop halfway for lunch or a break. Some areas in the meadow have more bugs than others so it's worth checking it all out before settling in.
Day use permit required, 5 dollars at the parking area.
Too busy for my tastes, even on a rainy day. It's all uphill on the way in which is probably the reason for the hard rating. However, my first clue that it's not a hard trail was half the people on the trail dressed like they're on a stroll in downtown Portland. The view at the end is the reason I give it three stars.