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 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

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
5 days 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
8 days 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
14 days 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
16 days ago

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

hiking
28 days 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
29 days 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
3 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
6 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
7 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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!

9 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
10 months ago

hiking
10 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
11 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.

11 months ago

Diverse, beautiful.

hiking
11 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
11 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
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.

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!

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