Elk Meadows Loop Trail

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Elk Meadows Loop Trail is a 7.8 mile loop trail located near Mt Hood, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1443 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

waterfall

no dogs

Directions from Hood River: Travel south on Highway 35 for approximately 33 miles. Turn right at the Hood River Meadows Nordic ski area sign and drive to the trailhead parking lot on the right.

trail running
3 months ago

was great. alittle bit confusing signs but we got it right. excellent view once at top. just follow the little Rock piles when down at river crossings.

4 months ago

Go early to avoid the crowds. Nice trail, well marked, and the wildflowers are amazing! You will need to cross the river either through it or on a log.

4 months ago

One of my favorites. Going counterclockwise crossing the river is simple, even with my dog but once at the top I haven't found a good way to cross with my dog in order to finish the loop. Going counterclockwise, follow the trail left whenever it veers off to other marked trails. Amazing views and being so close to Hood for a moderately challenging hike is awesome.

hiking
4 months ago

Take the loop counterclockwise for a more challenging switchback hike, clockwise is a little easier. crossing Newton Creek is not bad, there are downed logs to walk on, though it was a hot day so we waded through the knee-high water while holding onto the log...refreshing and actually easier. The lupines along the entire hike were gorgeous!

5 months ago

The turn off from the elk meadow trail has two large trees down at the entrance. Technically the loop is not even close to the meadow. Not a "hard" hike but challenging enough.

5 months ago

Did the Meadows loop. About 6,5 miles. Nice hike. The view at the meadow is worth the pain of the climb !!

8 months ago

Did this June 2016, beautiful view of Hood from a side you don't normally get to see. Saw about 15-20 people the whole hike which now a days is good. The meadow itself is a great place to stop halfway for lunch or a break. Some areas in the meadow have more bugs than others so it's worth checking it all out before settling in.
Day use permit required, 5 dollars at the parking area.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Elk Meadows Loop will be 9 miles unless you add on Gnarly Ridge and that will add a couple more miles. Plenty of water falls but little else.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

One thing of note on this trail. Newton creek can vary in size depending on the day. It can go from easy to cross in the morning to almost impossible for some folks in the mid afternoon, depending on the season.

hiking
Monday, July 06, 2015

Coming from Portland, drive past Mt. Hood Meadows for about a mile and take a left at the Nordic Ski Area. You'll see Nordic to the right and there is a road to the left. Go down the road to the left. The trail head is obvious and on the right, about 1/4 mile down. The trail is somewhat flat for a while, then after crossing the Newton creek it starts gaining elevation. When you come to the creek, there are some small logs that you will cross over. At first we didn't know we were crossing the river so we turned left, because it looks like the trail goes to the left. Don't turn. Cross the river. The trail will continue. There are plenty of trail signs throughout the hike. There are plenty of campsites as well for backpacking. The sites we saw circled the Elk Meadows Perimeter loop. Enjoy.

camping
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Great Day hike with stunning views of Hood. We camped overnight which was nice too. Plenty of water.

hiking
Friday, July 13, 2012

This trail is moderate to difficult depending on what section of the loop you choose. I recomend pushing up along the east side of the meadow and than looping back arround. The meadow is large and has some amazing photo oppurtunities. There is a waterfall in the area but didnt feal like seeing it this trip. At the north part of the meadow there is a trail that carves in to the center giving way to many shady rest areas to have lunch with the view.
We took the far west connecting trail in an attempt to take the infamouse wiped out section trail which is all but after the large flood that occured some years ago. We had to forge accross Newton Creek that is not very safe. Luckely someone managed to mark the in trail with orange ribbon so we found our way across. After crossing much of the trail was under snow with little sighn of previouse foot traffic. We finally connected with the 600 trail that took us back to the parking lot along the ridge.

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