What a great trail. There are a few sections less exciting than others. Did this in a 3 day trek and loved every minute. Added a short walk to Ramona falls and it made for a great last day. Only section I could live without is Zig Zag Canyon...

Where else can you climb a volcano and see other volcanoes in the distance both Both and South. Start early and be sure you have a good read on the weather forecast.

Outstanding trail. Love the hikes around Mt. Hood and this is a definite must.

Planning on Doing this Hike in 2021 Anyone on the same boat please message me on Instagram : @roadtriprohan

The warm weather last week did not cut through the snow. But it did raise some of the water crossings into full-on wet crossings. It was still very beautiful but will be much easier to find the path and hike in several weeks. Sunglasses are a must and bug spray helps too.

hiking
3 days ago

One of the best trails I’ve seen in the cascades with a variety of landscapes to enjoy. This trail ends at the lakes where you are between South Sister and Broken Top. The mosquitoes were biting but they were manageable and there was just a little snow left on the trail toward the end of the hike. I definitely recommend an alpine lake polar plunge on one of the hot days coming up. Enjoy and leave it better than you found it!

hiking
muddy
snow
3 days ago

Awesome trail but it is still a little snowy on the trail closer to green lake. However it was more than doable with just hiking shoes!

on Green Lakes

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bugs
snow
3 days ago

Such a great hike. You literally get everything in this hike, river, waterfalls, lush forest, lake and spectacular views of South Sister and Broken Top at the lakes. Trail is easy to follow, mosquitoes near the river recommend bringing some bug spray.

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muddy
off trail
washed out
3 days ago

Great hike with modest elevation gain. One scramble towards the end but not too difficult at all. Lots of creek crossings that were sketchy at times as the trail had been washed out... we were fortunate for downed trees to use as bridges, but you need to get creative on your crossing route. We found an excellent camp spot on the east side of the larger lake next to the lake outlet. In the morning we hiked up to Dollar Pass and visited Dollar Lake which was incredible. Nice view of Joseph from the lake ridge. Some deep snow patches encountered, but nothing required snowshoes or crampons. From there we went down to Aneroid Lake. At times it was hard to pick up the trail due to the aforementioned snow patches. Second night we camped at Aneroid Lake. Beautiful lake with lots of camp options, but too crowded for my liking, despite it being late June.

Beautiful area! Started from Timberline but only made it about 3 miles out on the PCT before we totally lost the trail due to snow. Was hoping to camp in paradise park but had to turn back. Past a couple other backpackers that had to turn back as well. Disappointing for sure. Definitely plan to come try again in late July / August.

Great trail, lots of campsites for the first 2 miles, very easy quick overnight backing. It got cold over night next to the river so be prepared! We hiked the rest of this after setting up camp, past this trails viewpoint there is a lake as well. Careful not to leave valuables parking at the trail head over night, multiple cars had windows smashed in.

Like almost any trail in the summer on Mt Hood, busy on the weekends.

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bugs
icy
muddy
snow
3 days ago

backpacking
bugs
muddy
over grown
snow
4 days ago

We began our trip on 6/25 for a 4 day 3 night trip with goals to complete the entire loop. Out of the lodge there is a good amount of snow around the South side of the mountain, as it is still early in the season, which can add difficulty and slow your mph considerably. Once you get through the snow the trail is pretty solid. We heard along the way about a lot of snow on the east and north east side making it un-passable. The rivers are running high with a lot of run off so be careful when crossing. We decided to camp and do a day hike up to McNeil Point and then turn around and hike out about 15 miles. Day 4 we saw a lot of rain/sleet/snow around 6,000’ so be sure to have extra gear for that as it is still very early and winter conditions can still roll in especially at considerable elevations. If you plan wisely and think critically you’ll be able to have a safe and fun trip. Otherwise the views were epic and the trail was solid when it was bare.

hiking
snow
4 days ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of snow. We had micro spikes, but wished we had crampons and an ice axe. Very slippery coming down.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
4 days ago

Great shaded trail with beautiful, varied views the whole way of mountains and lush wooded vegetation. The trail has a lot of downed logs but is passable. Two significant uphill climbs and descents both ways. No snow on the route from trail 544 to twin lakes. Difficult to get to the second lake as the trail was virtually nonexistent. There are about 7 campsites at the first lake, and no obvious sites at the second one.

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bugs
rocky
4 days ago

I only did the Battle Ax Mountain part. Started from the campground. Really rough roads and had 4x4. If you have a big car like my Sprinter- do not drive to the trailhead! We barely could turn around as two trucks were parked at the end. Beautiful hike. Really look for the trail junction to Battle Ax. If you see another sign 544, that is the trail to the lakes. Water looked sketchy for backpackers. Was surprised the trail conditions were good. Saw only 4 other group to distance.

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