DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1938 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
5 months ago

there's great views of the mountain when you go up the second trail to the left off the elk meadows trail after leaving the parking lot. Its after the Newton creek trail which isn't marked. there are lots of signs but not enough for Gnarl ridge. We walked the Elk meadows trail loop before we realized we should have turned off sooner. When you reach Cloud cap trail you could go straight on up to walk on Gnarl ridge which wad snowed in after a ways or turn left and walk down Timberline trail to the river and get a great view of Mt Hood and the ridge and have lunch on the boulders. Then if you want a different route back cross the river and come back by way of Newton creek trail. This was a bit rocky and steep at times but aside from crossing the fast small cold rivers it was not a hard trail if you're in shape. We loved it!