Mazama Trail

HARD 12 reviews
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Mazama Trail is a 7.8 mile out and back trail located near Hood River, Oregon and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,349 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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Directions from Hood River: Follow Hwy. 35 south for about 13 miles to Woodworth Road. Travel west on Woodworth Road three miles to Dee Highway (281). Turn right on Dee Highway for about five miles to the Dee Hardwood plant, turn left, drive across bridge, stay left and follow signs to Lost Lake for about seven miles to Rd. 18. Turn left onto Rd. 18 to 1810. Follow 1810 to 1811 and drive three miles to the trailhead

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12 days ago

A moderately difficult trail, fairly steep in the beginning, but it levels out after a couple miles when you enter the white-barked, burnt trees that overlook the river far below you. This is a great place to stop for a snack and some pictures. The trail continues upwards but it seemed less steep to me. Most of the switchbacks are in the first couple miles.

There was some snow as we went higher, and this obscured the trail completely. It was difficult to follow after that, only picking up previous hikers' paths but not knowing if these hikers were also lost! This trail meets up with the Timberline trail and we weren't sure if it continued past that or not. We were looking for a little cabin that was said to be at the end of this trail, but were unable to find it. The map we had was not detailed enough, so that didn't help at all!

Over all it was a great trail, very beautiful with varying types of trees and foliage, lots of burnt trees too from the fires, but nothing that detracts from the beauty. In fact, the burnt sections add a dose of reverence and other-worldliness that has beauty in its own right. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is moderately fit and who can handle some steep sections. Some stunning views of the valley and surrounding mountains too!

Note: We did come across a black bear fairly early in the hike. Clapping and talking to it steadily, while slowly walking toward it, worked at scaring him off.

26 days ago

Hiked on July 22. Black flies were terrible. Awesome views, beautiful flowers. Could not really stop to enjoy because of the biting flies.

trail running
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1.5hr up .5 hour down
Couldn't ask for more.

Ran it hungover with my good friend A.M.

Beauty

Misty mountain hop.

Fresh air.

Sustained climb, great trail.

hiking
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Went up with my boys. Absolutely the most beautiful weather! Not too hot, not too cold. Wonderful time! Lots of hikers up around McNeil Point. This pic is looking back down the mountain from around McNeil Point.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Lots of fun with great views of Helens, Adams, Ranier and, of course, Hood

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

My sister and I took this trail to McNeil point. It took us a little over 3 hours to get up and about 2 -2 1/2 hours back down the same way. The most strenuous part of the trail was the beginning after an easy quarter mile or so then came about 14 switchbacks for what took us a half hour to do the mouth of the trail until the end of the switch backs. After that, its all a pretty continuously steady climb up until McNeil point with various terrains from one stretch to the next from dirt or mud and roots, to rocky slates, to snow. Some of the paths are extremely narrow at the top and even can be on a ridge so be cautious. There are views of burnt forest from a 2011 forest fire, new growth trees, streams and a small fall, under snow melt type streams, snow, and wild flowers. Not too much wildlife that we saw except the well trail trained golden we brought, another dog another couple had with them, and a few birds and flies. The mosquitos weren't bad at all. For us, it was a moderate to difficult trail but worth it for the view from M cNeils. Just wish we would Gabe gone the rest of the trail to the glacier but ran out of time.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016