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Umbrella Falls Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, 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

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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
snow
1 month ago

The northern portion of this loop is not made for winter hiking/ snowshoeing. We trudged through to see if we could find the trail to no avail. We ended up walking across a skiing area which I’m pretty sure was frowned upon but there were no signs for “no hiking” around. So we thought we were just missing the trail. Only do the south portion of you wish to go to both falls. Also you’re better off parking at the umbrella fails trailhead rather than the one this route shows. Snowshoes are a must here right now. Parts were 6’ deep or so.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

this was a snowshoeing adventure that took me to sahale falls. if you look at my recording its closer to the sahale falls trail entry. three stars because the directions and map i received at the alpine center ended up not being as straightforward for me as i’d like! still curious about umbrella falls. it was beautiful, but a lot of people at the beginning.

hiking
2 months ago

Fresh 5-6’ of snow. Follow the green plastic ribbons on the trees. Need to really search for some of them, but the scenery is gorgeous. Needs snowshoes

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked today 11/3/19 and it was a great hike. A little muddy and sections with snow that made for a slippery trail in some spots but nothing terrible. Just sort of unexpected. Falls were beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Any hike outdoors with blue skies above is a good hike but other than the Umbrella Falls at the top (with a parking lot above not far away) there isn't much interesting to see on this hike.

hiking
6 months ago

great hike for our puppy's first big adventure. nice easy to follow trail and a beautiful falls. only did part of the trail since our dog

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike, and the road is closed off so there were very few people. Loved it!

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Highly recommend this trail. It’s become one of my favorites. Beautiful views, not as busy and it’s dog friendly. We still got a glimpse of the wild flowers and they were beautiful.

hiking
off trail
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent hike, although there were a fair amount of small flies that swarmed and bit. Unfortunately I’m loved by insects, and became a feast, while my friend walked away bite-free. Last year when I hiked this, the flies were much worse. Best to start the trail by going towards Elk Meadows, that gets the main elevation gains out of the way. 8-20-19

hiking
closed
over grown
7 months ago

We had a great hike at Umbrella Falls with lots of butterflies and wildflowers. The road leading up to the trailhead was closed for construction so we ended up parking by the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort and starting at Umbrella falls. Going this direction in, the connection from the actual trailhead to the loop end was hard to spot because it is overgrown with huckleberries. We added a side leg to Sahalie falls, which was beautiful, but required a pretty steep climb. Overall 5-star hike with lots of interesting things to see.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked it today. Still lots of wildflowers to see but the bear grass bloom is over. :(

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

Loved this hike! There’s a variety of sites to see and explore. My dog and I had a blast. However there’s part that’s a bit over grown and I got a tad off track but back on quickly.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful time to hike this. Wild flowers everywhere.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail. great sights and views during the summer.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail! The wildflowers are in full bloom and umbrella falls is so pretty and different than the waterfalls we are used to seeing in the gorge. Glad we didn’t take the side trail to sahalie falls since you can see it full on from the car on the drive out! Perfect hike for family- a bit of a challenge for the parents, but not too hard for our 7 and 9 year olds. Highly recommend!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail with some beautiful views! Some highlights- lots of flowers, some cool parasitic ones too, and a great view of Hood behind the falls. Gets a tiny bit steep at times but nothing crazy.

hiking
9 months ago

roll Meadows Mt hood umbrella fslls. loop

hiking
9 months ago

Great conditioning hike, especially if you do Tamanawas Falls in the morning. You won’t see Sahale Falls from the hike, but you can take a tiny spur trail (which takes you down to the same road your car is parked on). Assume you’ll see one waterfall, then drive or walk up the road from the parking area to see it. Neither fall is marked with any real signage so pay attention to your map/gps location.

hiking
9 months ago

4 miles. definitely not beginner

hiking
snow
10 months ago

Hiked this yesterday starting around 10:30am, not too busy. Beautiful views and hike. Saw some views of Mount Hood. Umbrella Falls look amazing due to the snow currently melting. Only downfall we had is we sometimes lost track of the trail due to snow still being in some parts. The beginning was great but the higher we went there was snow cover in areas which made it difficult to find the trail. Overall, the trail is nice and easy!

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is still so snow covered there is a large part of the trail where you can’t follow at all!

snowshoeing
snow
Fri Mar 22 2019

Wed Mar 06 2019

August 2016- we started at Elk Meadows to Umbrella falls then continued to Sahalie falls...took the long cut!

hiking
snow
Sun Mar 03 2019

Deep snow made the trail impossible to locate without GPS. I saw one marker the entire way

Sun Oct 21 2018

Lots of people were parked at the trail head, but we only ran into two other couples the entire time. The trail is nice, but I’m not sure how anyone has gotten down to the base of Sahalie falls (at least recently). There’s a small sign on a tree pointing down a trail that looks manageable, but once you actually get onto the trail there is a large portion that is almost completely blown out. You would really need to hang onto something and literally slide down to the base. It was not ideal for me nor my dog, so we passed and came back halfway down. You also cannot see the falls from any point because trees block the view. If there was a secret to seeing them, we did not find it. :( Umbrella falls was easy enough to get to. We started at the trailhead and went up the incline. Overall not too bad if you’re used to a little elevation gain, although some people did use poles. When you see the marker for Sahalie Falls 1 mile ahead take a right up the other trail and you’ll run into the other falls pretty quickly. Very easy trail. I think you may also be able to park closer and just walk down? Overall, the trail was okay, but a big bummer not being able to see or get to one of the two falls. Also, there are three or four spots where the trail is almost completely blown out. Not impassable, but if you have a small child or a smaller dog be aware they’ll need some assistance. Also water was flowing so beware your shoes if they’re not ready for water or mud.

hiking
Mon Oct 15 2018

Pretty cool walking under Hood River Meadows ski lift with no snow! Steep in a few spots and Mt Hood peak poking her head through the trees...well-marked trail. Both waterfalls are stunning was very quiet for sunny Sunday morning. Pretty steep going down to Sahalie Falls-lots of roots to help with the scramble and absolutely worth it!

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