Elk Meadows Loop Trail

HARD 36 reviews
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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
1509 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

waterfall

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.

hiking
18 days ago

24 days 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.

hiking
29 days ago

29 days 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
30 days 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!

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1 month ago

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

5 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.

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