hiking

views

forest

walking

birding

nature trips

wild flowers

dogs on leash

wildlife

trail running

lake

river

waterfall

camping

kid friendly

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snowshoeing

backpacking

fishing

dog friendly

cross country skiing

rock climbing

fly fishing

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.

We hiked this trail on a rainy day so no views. It was very confusing as the trails were not marked well. It was a nice woodsy trail and few bikers on it probably due to the rain.

Other than parking (I swear there is only about 7 parking spots at the trail head), this was really a wonderful hike. The hike up to the lake is switchbacks all the way up, but the loop around the lake is so wonderful. Because of the smoke from the wildfires, Mt Hood view was mostly obscured, but I imagined the beauty of the view on a clear day. The trail is very wide and well packed. We had some friends that wanted more of a strenuous hike and distance so they continued on to Tom Dick & Harry Mountain and they were not disappointed. We had to park about a mile away at Ski Bowl and that walk up the hill next to the highway was awful. Overall every enjoyable hike.

Great trail, beautiful waterfall! Not too crowded!

hiking
5 days ago

Very easy and well maintained trail. Mostly fine gravel all the way. There are warnings that you may have to cross the river since the bridge is gone but there were solid logs that were easy to cross over. Immediately after you cross the river go left down the path - the right had a trail marker but doesn't really lead anywhere. Eventually you'll get to the loop. The right side is definitely more scenic and follows the stream up. Pretty heavily traffic-ed on a Saturday with large groups at the falls. Falls itself was very pretty and somewhat reminiscent of Panther Creek Falls. As of today - air quality was not good but bearable. I frequently had stuff getting in my eyes.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

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5 days ago

Excellent moderate level trail with flat areas and gentle climbs up the mountain. The river crossing was not too bad since we used the big log that cut over minimal water. At the split on the other side I'd recommend going left to follow along the Ramona Creek since it's cooler and prettier. Bring a snack to enjoy once you get to the falls but lock your stuff up since the chipmunks love to dig in open bags. On the way back take the Ramona Fall Trail that is a straight shot downhill to get you back quicker.