nature trips

wild flowers


trail running


dogs on leash


kid friendly



mountain biking




dog friendly

cross country skiing

rock climbing

fly fishing


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.

There were a good bit of families and folks out, but everyone was respectful of the path.

There's construction underway on the back third of the loop, apparently a lot of the boards on the walkway are rotting, so the trail is closed in that area.

11 hours ago

Beautiful hike and impressive waterfall.
One thing to note: you need to purchase a parking pass before you get there. If not, they will ticket you...someone said it's a $100 ticket. The closest place Is zig zag.

The ridegline portion is completely worth the view of all 5 mountains on a clear day ( Hood, Rainier, Helens, Adams, Jefferson). And even though the ridge portion is longer than the lake portion, it goes pretty quick since there arent any switchbacks. very enjoyable besides the parking filling up quickly. Should not be rated as moderate, pretty easy!!

13 hours ago

Great hike except for log crossing!! Can't understand why it would be so difficult to make a safer crossing!!!! Falls are stunning!

13 hours ago

Three of us did this hike Yesterday. The most disappointing => we were inundated with biting flies! The first hour was fine, but we were eaten alive after that and were surprised no one mentioned this rather significant problem. I've never experienced anything like that before. we went through all of our water. So, be forewarned. I'm not sure what effectively combats biting flies. Really nice wildflower displays up there along with a waterfall & nice views of Hood, Jefferson and Mirror Lake. Downed trees made it difficult to get through some of the trail and some of the snow crossings were slick but poles made them doable. Good hike but have had much better ones without flies!!! Also as stated the map is confusing on here, please update.

Great views of the gorge. Crowded with people that don't have etiquette but it's worth the trip.

1 day ago

Great hike, well maintained. The people on the hike were a trip! Passed four different parties that had music playing out of their backpack and no right of way etiquette. My wife and I named the trail, the I 5 of the falls.

This trail is very easy and more a long walk than hike. It was a very short walk but worth the drive. The trail is very well maintained. The views are wonderful and the lake is beautiful. Great place to bring the kids and dogs!

1 day ago

on Salmon River Trail

1 day ago