Elk Meadow Trail

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Elk Meadow Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,102 feet Route Type: Loop

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views

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6 days ago

Start of the trail is lovely and flat, great for trail running. Majorly disappointed at not being able to cross the creek... spent a lot of time wandering up and down the western side, no good place to cross with a corgi and without trekking poles, certainly not crossing the snow covered fallen tree where the app says to cross. Ended up backtracking to Newtons trail. Apparently new bathroom was installed at the TH.

hiking
1 month ago

Started this hike from the Umbrella Falls trailhead. Crossing Newton creek was tough, but only because we didn’t spot the easy crossing going in.

hiking
2 months ago

After reading the previous review I thought we'd be in good shape crossing Newton creek, however, I was not able to cross it. There are beautiful bridges leading there, but about a mile into the trail a POORLY marked section leads you over Newton Creek. It involves walking over a log then maneuvering small and larger random rocks with rough water. My balance is not the best and we weren't able to cross. Big disappointment. The trail leading to that was beautiful however.

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2 months ago

Pros - lots of shade during most of the hike. Many tiny streams and brooks to water your dog. Bridges over all streams except Newton but there was an easy crossing someone made (when I finally found it, overgrown shrubs hid it). A few places with tremendous view of Mt Hood. The wild flowers are stunning right now along the climb up and in the shady edges of the meadow. Once at Elk meadow there were several trails to the edge and it’s a beautiful meadow with a fabulous view of Hood. Some nice campsites for backpackers with water available. Very few bugs right now. Not crowded during the weekdays. Good place for base camp and lots of day hikes around from there. Cons - the majority of the elevation climb is a short section so it’s a good butt workout. Moderate difficulty but of course the more weight you’re carrying the tougher. There were two kids four and six yrs that did it so...... The crossing of Newton creek was confusing and poorly marked. Made some rock cairns to help. Spent 15” looking for the trail on the other side and finally got smart and looked at my All Trails map I had running to find it. The flowers in most of the meadow were already past their peak and mostly gone. The trail around the meadow was pretty much all in the woods with a few short fingers to the edge. Would have liked to have seen more meadow views.

hiking
2 months ago

Most of this trail is easy to traverse. You do gain 1000' in about a mile toward the beginning. HOWEVER - pay close attention to where you are and where the trail is when crossing the Newton Creek. The trail is NOT clear at all and we spent WAY too much time scrambling around rocks and crossing back and forth until we found where the trail continued. There are about 2 crossing spots we found - a small plank, and a large tree log further upstream. The small plank leads you closer to the trail continuation, which is hidden through brush (not intuitive or well marked). Once you get to the actual meadow area, I definitely recommend detouring off the trail to the Elk Meadows shelter - it's a gorgeous spot to eat lunch and bask in the mountain scenery.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Backpacked up this past weekend and found the meadow largely submerged in snow at various stages of melt. Found a high and dry tree island that worked for the night, but would wait for a month or two before returning for another overnight. Gorgeous view of Hood!

snowshoeing
7 months ago

An excellent snowshoe trail later in the season. We enjoy the snowy river crossings and the heavily laden trees. beware of "floomps!" (our term for snow falling from trees straight down your neck) The Elk Meadow hut was neat, walls had been bolstered with snow blocks.

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blowdown
snow
8 months ago

Awesome trail that starts from the Meadows Nordic Center. The elevation gain is all at the end during the switchbacks. The views from the meadows are pretty spectacular and the shelter is in good shape. We had to break trail most of the way, but with GPS it isn’t hard to follow the trail.

9 months ago

once your over newton creek the 1400 ft climb is nice wooded heavy snow with some great views south. near the top there is a awesome view of Mt hood looking west. the day was goergous winter wonderland

hiking
Saturday, August 18, 2018

A nice walk through the woods and over a creek. A small meadow at the top in the middle of the loop but didn’t see the abundance of wildflowers I expected. I did not want to go off trail and maybe there were more views had I done that or maybe they have already peaked. There’s a small log bridge along the loop that did not seem sturdy. I heard it crack as I walked over it....be careful! Also, be careful crossing the creek. It took some steady footing. This hike was relatively easy otherwise.

hiking
Saturday, August 04, 2018

I would call this moderate based on the fact that you climb 1,000 ft in 1 mile. Otherwise an easy hike overall. Not many campsites but those on the east side of the meadows have nice views of Mount Hood.

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