Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Mt. Hood National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Although it is still completely covered in snow me and my husband still had a fun time hiking to top. Probably was not on the designated trail.

I hiked this today after cycling all the way up from estacada- great workout if crowds bum you out this place is for you not another person anywhere!

Road and trail open. :)

The trail is pretty short and easy, so the pay off at the waterfall is really good. It can be pretty busy with families

Road still closed and has about 6 inches of snow most of the way. Not many people there. Lots of trash and dog poop, please pick up after yourself!

I propose to my girlfriend (now wife) on this trail! Spectacular view!

So disappointed road in was snowed in. No access to vehicles... and 2 mile hike in was too much for you group. Will have to visit again later in the season.... One thing that salvaged our drive up was a great shot of a snow-covered Mt. Hood

Lovely trail. Easy. The Falls were small but thunderous~ A little snow left but won't last much longer

Awesome trail. Had to wait about 45 minutes for the hot spring but was worth it. Also note we went during the fall and there seemed to be less "party goers".

Great hike with a stunning view of Mount Hood at the loop.
There is still a lot of snow on the ground (4/25) which made the hike a little more challenging. It was pretty easy to walk through except round the loop it was very deep but there were previous footprints that helped. The lake was mostly covered in snow so you don’t get the reflection of the mountain, I saw just a but in one melted spot.
You need to park down the road at the skibowl. The app took me to a parking lot right by the trailhead but there were no parking signs there. Walking down the highway was pretty unpleasant, especially on the way back when I was tired, but I will def come back and do this one for the full view in the summer.

The Bagby hot springs are best described by the pile of strawberry mixed drink vomit that we had to avoid on the trail. 5 Star out and back trail with a -3 Stars for the hepatitis tubs.

Trail is gorgeous. Hot springs are not. Trash everywhere, graffiti, broken glass, etc. We were there mid week and saw three or four other parties in the afternoon heading up there but no line. April 23, 2018. We were very glad we had set low expectations going in because upon seeing the conditions of the springs you could not have paid me to get into them. Vomit on the trail to boot. Three star rating for the hike, but if you’re looking for a relaxing, hygienic soak, this may not be the dream spot you have in mind.

22 April
No snow in the parking lot at the trail head. The trail was packed snow pretty much the whole way to the lake. The East side of the lake the trail was a series of post holes. No snowshoes needed but traction of some sort is really helpful.
I would also be wary of hiking in the afternoon, since some of the slopes will have gotten sun and softened up making them more slippery.
But the lake does provide an amazing view of Mt. Hood.

hiking
30 days ago

Well graded trail. It’s nice and wide, good for groups/dogs. My GPS put us at almost 8mi round trip. It would be miserable without micro spikes/snowshoes. Near the top you have to frogger through the skiers and boarders. It’s compact so spikes are best at the top. I’d recommend getting a late start and heading down at 4 after the runs close. That way your return trip is peaceful and without the mountain traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

Had no idea there was still this much snow and would be so few people. only saw 2 people on the whole trail. had thought this was heavily traveled and never been to the area so went in hiking boots and sneakers. some parts of the trail leading to the lake were a foot or two deep if you step in the wrong spot. up at the lake you might drop 3 or 4. luckily someone had snow shoed before us so we tried to use their tracks but it was very slow going and lots of falling through. very hard to find the trail around the lake, which is still frozen over and covered in snow. it was surprisingly challenging with trekking through such deep snow.

this place was absolutely mind blowing though and so serene without anyone else around. best hike ever.

also note you need to park at snow bowl and walk half a mile on the fairly dangerous highway.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome .... had the trail to ourselves it seemed! Snow packed and a great hike for the family. And the kids loved the chance to play in snow.

Pretty and lightly trafficked trail. Great river views and lush, green forest. Would be great for a picnic, as there are many nice river spots along the way. The only downside is that some parts are close to the road, and those tended to have some vehicle trash and toilet paper around them. Still, other parts were beautiful and secluded, and we only saw two other people while we were there, so it was nice to have to trail to ourselves. Trilliums and wildflowers are just beginning to bloom.

It is a fun trail, but there is a split right at the trail head with no clear marking as to which way to go. We went to the right and the trail quickly disappeared after about a mile. Once we were in the correct trail there are a couple spot for great views and a nice spot to eat lunch with a view of Mt. Hood.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Took the Red Meadow trail from the bottom of the parking lot. Spectacular little less traveled, unpacked connector to the Trillium Lake road. Main trail was well packed and easily traveled without snowshoes. Gorgeous easy trail!

Total distance from parking lot to and back was about 5 miles. Distance listed is for the Lake Loop only so be prepared for double depending on route. What we walked was the Lake road. The trail loop indicated in this file is the low trail at the lake's edge.

Great hike with my pup. Only saw a handful of other hikers and heard less than 10 cars pass by. I started at the middle point where these directions take you. I went left to the campground and back up to rainbow campground, then back to my car and my watch had me at 10 miles. Although I did explore all the side trails and frequently walked to river access. Also I did not see a waterfall. Great hike though!

Short, easy and beautiful even when covered in snow.

trail running
2 months ago

Trail was amazing to run! Lots of scenery. Quad crushing hills. Sign is hard to find, FYI.

We chose a beautiful day to snow shoe. Easy hike.

A nice easy loop. Beautiful scenic views of the lake and Mt. Hood.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Love this hike all year round! Snowshoed yesterday and after all the snow this past weekend the trail is gorgeous! Brought two dogs with me who also had a blast. Parked at skibowl and walked along the road to get to the trailhead, which isn’t ideal, but it’s well worth it!

One my my favorites! A little bit of a steep hike up the first part, but beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a point to point hike along the Clackamas River that connects upstream Riverside Campground to downstream Rainbow Campground. I started and finished at Rainbow Campground trailhead. It is a good easy hike with very little elevation gain and I used it to increase my walking speed. Light snow was on the trail in some areas though not an issue. I imagine with all the spur trails to the river this is a good place for summer swims. Hiked on 02/15/18.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Great hike but we parked at ski bowl, we weren’t sure if parking was closed or not by hike, some people parked there but there were no parking signs close.
We took of our snowshoes for most of the hike

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail, very narrow in some places. There are two entry points. You can start at the first one one which is about .50 mile from the Ripplebrook guard station, which is also a general store that sells passes to Bagby Hot Springs if you wanna full day. There is a sign indicating the trail, but this point drops you off in the middle of the trail and you can walk up and down both directions. If you want to start at the beginning of the trail, head further down to Riverside camp ground for an easy 3.7 mile trek one-way. As noted it runs close to the road, but traffic was light as was the trail on a cloudy Sunday morning in February.

Such an inspiring place to be, silence and serenity and freezing temperatures. Luckily the sun welcomed us at Lost Lake.
We had to park our car 3 miles down the mountain because of snow. But it was worth the hike.

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