Umbrella Falls Trail

MODERATE 141 reviews
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Umbrella Falls Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mt Hood, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
830 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Directions from Sandy: Travel east on Highway 26 to Highway 35. Follow 35 northeast to the access road for the Mount Hood Meadows Ski Area (about 15 miles past Government Camp). The trailhead is located 0.2 miles below the gated entrance to the ski area and is marked with a sign.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike. Puts you in at The Elk Meadows trailhead then connects you to this trail. Don’t forget to walk back to where the trail turns off to Sahalie Falls trail. The first half is harder than the second, so after the payoff of the gorgeous falls, it’s a pleasant hike. Would do again.

hiking
14 days ago

A beautiful hike today! We started at Elk Meadows Trailhead and traveled counter-clockwise. Super pretty with lots of wildflowers and expansive views. Umbrella Falls were flowing well and we ate lunch on a log around there before heading down past Sahalie Falls. We almost missed the trail to Sahalie, but saw the sign last minute. We decided not to go all the way down as it looked relatively steep and we couldn’t fully see where it ended. So we got to see it from the top

hiking
17 days ago

Really pretty hike through some beautiful meadows. We did the full loop suggested here. Umbrella Falls was really flowing well. Took a picnic on some logs before the falls. We're out of shape so we took some breaks along the way. The first leg of the trail (umbrella falls trail) gains a good amount of elevation quickly. A tree is down at the very end of the loop before you get back to the parking area. We had to rock hop across a steam and squeeze through some overgrowth.

Beautiful hike with lots of wild flowers. The falls are lovely. Great elevation climb!

hiking
22 days ago

We started at the Elk Meadows trailhead, note you need a forest pass $30yr or $5 day you can buy at this trailhead. There are about 3 other trailheads you can start this hike on but we chose this one. During the summer there are TONS of beargrass and other wildflowers we enjoyed seeing. I would not rate this as moderate but a little less. There was one stretch of uphill during the first quarter mile or so. We were fortunate to finish this hike without crossing paths of anyone and we started at 7am. Umbrella falls was pretty and Sahale falls was also a fun adventure to hike down to as well. The trail was well marked no doubt but we did also hike it during the summer when all the snow had melted. When in doubt turn on your alltrails app and boom no hesitation at all. I would hike it again as an add on while in Hood Mt area for sure.

hiking
25 days ago

Overall an ok trail. Waterfall is pretty. Completed with wife and 1 year old.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike. Umbrella Falls has a parking lot very close so it’s a bit crowded. However, walking down to the Sahalie falls made this hike 4 stars. It was hard to tell where to hike down and a bit discouraging due to steepness but definitely worth it in the end..

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this with my 4 boys ages 12 to 6 in about 2.5hour including lunch at Umbrella Falls. Wild flowers are in bloom with a lot more ready in the next couple weeks. Small patches of snow in shaded areas, but nothing you need boots or gaiters for. We also took the short Sahalie Falls spur. Two nice waterfalls in 4 miles, plus all the wild flowers. If you hike this clockwise from Elk Meadow Trailhead, there is a tree down long wise along the trail just after you cross the creek making it hard to pick up the trail, but it is there up the slope despite a couple false trails going up the creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Alpine mountain side meadows, underneath the ski lift and arrive at a killer waterfall with Mt Hood as the backdrop. Worth the moderate uphill climb. Some snow still on the ground towards the end of the trail, but not much.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is still covered with snow here and there that it makes it hard to figure out where you are going. I used the app which helped. The waterfall and the view of mount hood was beautiful. It’s a fun little workout.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a nice hiking trail,I would like to go hiking again.But the signs need to be more clear.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this in June of last year. Very easy hike for the family. We went to Umbrella Falls which was AMAZING, then went 1/2 mike back towards our car but took the Sahalie Falls Trail to the right. sahalie falls is absolutely amazing when you are up close and personal with it. To get back to your car you just follow the loop for another 1/2 mile. If you want to check it out before you go there, I did a YouTube video on it :) copy the link below:

https://youtu.be/jF4Tp8IS0Nk

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this in late October, there was some snow closer to the top of the hike. You'll be hiking under Mt. Hood Meadows ski lifts at one point.

2 months ago

We tried this weekend and couldn’t find the trail under the snow. Will try again in a few months.

hiking
4 months ago

I did this hike on July 20th of last year. The weather was perfect, and the hike was gorgeous. There were so many wildflowers on the way up to the falls, and Umbrella Falls itself was very impressive. It was also fun to hike up above the falls and to see the base of the Mt Hood Meadows ski resort. I would say this was a pretty easy hike. I was not in great shape and did not feel like this hike was very hard.

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked here in late October and there already was some snow. We maybe met 2 more people there. You hike under the ski lifts, the falls at the end - pretty cool!

hiking
8 months ago

There’s 6-18in up there right now. We brought snowshoes, but didn’t end up using them. Trail was well trodden and easy to navigate.

hiking
10 months ago

Tacked on a little side trip to Newton Creek. Great loop!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers. We saw both falls but didn't realize it was a loop until we returned and looked at a map. We went to the second Falls and back. Scrambling down to see the second falls (can't think of the name) was fun. Extremely dusty for most of the trail. Had to throw every piece of clothing straight into the washing machine. So worth it though!

10 months ago

Really nice hike especially today through beautiful wildflowers in bloom. Signage was not great - we missed the turn for Umbrella Falls (sigh! That's was happens when you're from out of town...) but we made the loop described here on the site and then drove up to the falls afterward :) all good :)

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Early morning hike - 7am start time. Total hike took about 2.5 hours, and the 'steep' parts are during the last half of the hike before the falls.

Hike passes near ski lifts, and if you climb Umbrella Falls (paths on both sides), congrats - you've reached Mt Hood Ski Resort's parking lot!

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

7/13/17. What a lovely trail. We were able to see two waterfalls starting at the Elk Ridge Trailhead, Umbrella and Sahalie Falls. When you get to the road after Sahalie, go left on the road to car.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Diverse, beautiful.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Mostly easy trail (first 2 miles is uphill and may be a little challenging for novice hikers). Went yesterday and while there were still patches of snow, no obstructions to doing entire loop.

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

This hike was beautiful, but I was out here a week ago in mid-June, and the snow made the return loop trail impossible to find!!! Would strongly suggest an out-and-back approach!!!

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

While not too challenging, and some stellar views... my friends and I went the second weekend in June and found that the snowpack was still deep enough that we couldn't find the trail after about 2 miles and had to turn around without seeing the falls.

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

a gorgeous hike.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Easy trail, even in the rainy season.

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