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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.

Such a beautiful place for a view of Mount Hood! The lake itself is breathtaking as well. Wait for the sun to start coming down and you'll get an awesome reflection of the mountain's peak in the water. The loop isn't necessary to do if you're just there for the view. The best vantage point is right at the beginning.

The parking lot at the bottom has limited spots, but you can also park along the road if the lot is full. I chose to do this hike later in the day in the middle of July so I could get some shade along the way. It's uphill pretty much the whole way, with some climbing required over these gnarly rocks. Lots of room along the path at the top for people to sit down, picnic, and just enjoy the view.

I'm so glad I toughed it out and did this hike before the Eagle Creek wildfire happened. I don't know who much the fire took away from the view. But the viewpoint at the top provides a beautiful vantage point of the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side. Honestly, you could get a view that's just as breathtaking by driving to Vista House at Crown Point. But the view is so much more rewarding when you have to work for it.

2 days ago

Beautiful with snowy sides and cute chipmunks , barely any other hikers at 2 pm saw only a few different people and their well behaved puppers. Cute trails and waterfalls /creeks hidden around bends.

Short, easy, beautiful hike!

Lots of snow today!! Highly suggest waterproof boots. Trail was slushy and muddy in some spots. But it was beautiful!! Everything looked like a Christmas card!

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6 days ago

Beautiful hike! The river is a little higher now so if you’re game for crossing on a fallen log then that’s about the only way you’ll stay dry. Otherwise there’s some parts where it’s only a couple of feet deep. Lost the trail coming back due to fallen trees and snow once it was time to cross again but just hug the river bank until you find the trail again and all will be good.

Went a few days ago and it was so green and beautiful!

11 days ago

Did this hike on a rainy day- but that didn't lessen the hike at all. The autumn colors were beautiful, the falls were breathtaking, and the shimmy over the log "bridge" was fun. Definitely worth it.

The directions are super hard to follow and the markers are misleading. The beginning of the trail does give a cool post apocalyptic feel though