Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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hiking
2 days ago

Nice hike. Waterfalls are beautiful. Got a few peeks at Mt Hood. Took the northern path on the return, walked through shin deep snow mid April. Shoulda had our gators on with our waterproof boots :). Great hike all around.

hiking
2 days 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.

BEAUTIFUL waterfall!

Definitely worth the work for a short trip. Ice in quite a few spots still but easy to manage with just boots. Can't wait to try this one again after the snow and be able to get behind the falls.

Beautiful, difficult hike. You’re climbing the whole time, but the view up top is pretty beautiful. We got to watch snow fall onto the mountains below, which was pretty spectacular. We’ll definitely be coming back!

03/30/18 Had a great hike with my little dogs. Every party I ran into (6 total) also had a dog. Had to help my two 9 lb chihuahuas across Pup Creek because the stepping stones don't go all the way across the creek, and she was flowing good enough to sweep away my little guys.
Hike not too strenuous but moderately lengthy. I calculated 3.7 miles each way. Didn't have to take a break. Lots of things to check out along the way.
Trail goes above the Clackamas around a thousand feet, then down to river level. Does that a few times. You never want to fall off a trail, but a couple miles in you can get in a lot of trouble if you fall off the trail.
I really enjoyed this hike, and I really recommend it to anyone.

backpacking
18 days ago

Took my six-year-old on his first backpacking trip here. Amazing spot considering how gentle of a hike it is for the little ones. Confusing signage, though, because it says no camping or fires, but what another hiker told me was that it only applied a quarter mile from the trail head.

hiking
19 days ago

LOVED this hike, but make sure you bring LOTS of water with you because it is such a hike! Went twice last summer and plan on going at least once every other week this summer =)

Lots of fun and very beautiful

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.

Great hike. good views and interesting variety of views, falls, geography, flora. very few people on the trail. a little mud but not much. fairly easy creek crossings. great main waterfall but only a small viewing area that didn't make sitting and enjoying it easy.

Hiked on 03/28/18. Started at Fish Creek trailhead. Went to Pup Creek Falls. Fell into Pup Creek while making the crossing because those last two rocks were slippery! Gotta be more careful there for sure next time. Went to Indian Henry trailhead, then did the return trip, stopping again at PC Falls to add as many miles as I could to the trip. Total 16.3 miles for the day.

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.

hiking
26 days ago

Snow covered forest trail following the water and an amazing falls at the end. Beautiful!

snowshoeing
26 days 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!

trail running
1 month ago

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

Super pretty hike. The entire trail was covered in hard packed snow and some ice. Boots chains and poles for the win!

Went this weekend. It was amazing. 3/17/18 it was snowy still, slippery in some places. Be careful, but otherwise wonderful!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! super beautiful with all the fallen trees!

Hiked on 3/16...beautiful day with fresh powder, some sun and light snow. Trail is well marked, both lakes absolutely gorgeous. Did not see one person the entire hike. Clocked 10 Miles and took us 5 hours, 15 minutes with a small lunch break at Upper Lake.

There was still snow on the trail, I would definitely wear boots if you have them. There is a lot of foot traffic. So quiet and beautiful, we can’t wait to do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Must pay to park; no prepaid park passes can be used. Make sure to pay at Fish Creek even if you park one car at Indian Henry. Trail is narrow and steep in some places but maintained well. Made passing others challenging in most areas especialyl with dogs. One large creek crossing with no bridge was extremely difficult in March. Trail is adjacent to the Hwy, some powelines, and you can hear the buzz from the electrical plant. Parking was full, we had to step through large amounts of garbage to get to the restroom.

hiking
1 month ago

Why not spend the night?
We went up in late September and no one was around by the time the sun when down. There are some awesome camp site along the Exposed Ridge area, about 1/2 mile away from the Falls, right next to Ramona Creek.
This is an easy hike, nice areas to camp, and only 75 mins from Portland. Great for a quick,late summer get away.

Snowy, beautiful, amazingness! Had to navigate through some slick areas but well worth the effort. Glad I had trekking poles and good traction boots. No snow towards the viewpoint.

Short easy hike. Very crowded. Amazing waterfall. In order to enjoy this hike, snow spikes or hiking boots for icy and snowy surface is required. In my opinion, snowshoes are a little bit overkill.

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

Really a gorgeous hike. Snow was covering the trail so leave your nikes at home and hike with good traction shoes. Spectacular view at the end of this trail!

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

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