Umbrella Falls Trail

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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 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

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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
2 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
5 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
5 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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!

7 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
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Diverse, beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

a gorgeous hike.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Easy trail, even in the rainy season.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Uphill the whole way but it's with it!! I went counter clockwise and had to stop quite a few times. The falls and the surrounding forest are beautiful !

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Going clockwise is definitely the way to go. Less intense uphill. Great 5 mile hike.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Nice trail. 2 hours and 5 miles round trip at moderate pace. Head clockwise from the upper trailhead to avoid the more intense uphill.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Rather crowded trail. Steep narrow upper part of the loop crossed several downhill skiing runs. The other half of the loop was much nicer. Sahale falls rather unremarkable.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Easy hike with a waterfall and great views of the summit of Mt. Hood.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

It was fantastic! Great variety the falls is beautiful

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

We went the end of July and there were amazing amounts of wildflowers. There was so much to see along the way!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Gorgeous! Umbrella Falls was even more beautiful -and bigger- than I expected. From the Elk Meadows TH we ventured up through snag-filled woods and meadows of wildflowers and crisscrossing streams. We were treated to views of the valley below and Mt Hood above. Even passing under the chair lifts was interesting. The view of the mountain and river at the top of the waterfall was worth the scramble. Due to time constraints, we did an out and back then drove to the old highway bridge just a short distance away to view lovely Sahale Falls.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Easy hike to the Umbrella Falls and Sahalie Falls. We had a picnic next to the falls

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

I have come here multiple times, it's one of my favorite waterfalls in the PNW! The long hike is great and gorgeous, but there's also a short hike just off the road going up to Meadows Ski Resort. Very easy to spend a whole day here just enjoying the waterfall and wading in the pools below and above it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If you park at elk meadows the trail is well groomed and clean. It is mostly up hill to the falls so be ready. We did see a few deer along the path as they were munching on some plants and didn't mind that we were pretty close to them. When you get to the fork in the path at the big rock, go up the trail in order to see Umbrella Falls. Once you're there. Climb to the top of the falls to see Mt Hood. Then head down to see Shalie Falls, which in my opinion was better than Umbrella. Although the climb down to the bottom of the falls is definitely not family friendly!

hiking
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Awesome trail took the whole family and the dog's . Very dusty and busy this time a year . You have to park at the elk meadow trail head to get to the cross trail. going up the trail was gorgeous . make sure you go up at the big rock not down you'll miss the falls. So worth the hike umbrella falls is beautiful . We did the loop and saw sahalie falls also , the last bit down to the actually falls not family friendly but the trial to left will take you down to the road and bridge and you can get a great look at it , then take the service road right back to the car .

Monday, July 06, 2015

We parked up the road and only had .5 mile easy walk to the falls. You can do the hike but we didn't have time. It's a very pretty area. There was nobody there while we were there so it was very peaceful.

hiking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

this is a very nice hike! take the extra 1/3 mile to the top of the falls to get some great shots of mount hood.

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