Explore the most popular birding trails near Hood River with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great lookout. Short and steep. Super easy access off of highway 84.

Fun, quick, and pretty steep. Made for a great workout with beautiful views at the top of Mt. Hood. There was snow over a significant part of the trail, which made for slow going, but our pups loved it. We began our hike around 9 AM and only met one other couple on the way up. It was considerably busier on the way down.

This hike is on the hard side of moderate. Please note that there are steep inclines, a chunk of the trail is loose rock (and slippery), and there’s poison oak along the narrow trail. BUT when you get to the top, the view is stunning. And the previous reviewer is correct - when coming down, if you’re debating if you’re on the trail, then you’re not, doubleback and you’ll see the missed turn.

5 days ago

This was an absolutely beautiful hike! The route is unclear at one point because of some rock fall (?) and if you miss the turn the path deteriorates a bit and leads you up a very steep incline. If you’re questioning if you’re still on the path, you aren’t. The actual path is very clear and well maintained, if rocky through some sections. Go back and look for the turn off. The view at the end is stunning.

11 days ago

Good hike but steep over lots of loose rock. Beware of ticks and poison oak.

13 days ago

Hiked May 11: well marked trail, wear hiking boots/shoes because sections of trail have large pit run rocks. This is not moderate- should be rated hard. It’s quite steep within a short distance. A few old growth trees, wildflowers and stunning gorge views at the top. Bathrooms at trailhead, plenty of parking too.

Road has been closed 4 miles from the trailhead the past couple weekends I’ve driven up (4/21/18 & 5/5/18), but there’s no signs at the fork from Lost Lake Road. Bummer to get all the way there for it to be closed with no notice before. Not sure why or when it’s open again.

For a “vacation hiker” without proper hiking equipment, this is On the tougher side of moderate. At points, scaling completely loose rock. Lots of loose gravel in other parts. Steep incline at the summit, not bad to go up, but loose gravel on the way down. Awesome view and great hike - just wish we hadn’t been wearing sneakers. It’s a cardio hike on the way up. We loved it but we thought we should leave a review as we under estimated this trail from previous reviews!

Trail was tougher than we anticipated, but definitely worth it. My pup did great on the way up, but was nervous in the areas with slippery rip rap on the way down.. I might have been a little nervous, too.

1 month ago

Great cardio workout. Often windy on top but it is refreshing on a hot day. One of my favorites in the gorge.

The trail is sometimes ambiguous and has some rock slides covering some trail portions. The view is good however. The trail is moderately steep and moderately muddy.

1 month ago

Mitchell Point is officially open as of Sunday, April 1st, 2018.

Also there are a ton of bugs at the summit.

Finally got to go back on Monday 4/9/18 and it was gorgeous, the trail is in prime condition! No closed sign on freeway exit, bathrooms are open and plenty of people enjoying this beautiful trail!

great area! lots of options, pretty muddy so wear good rain/mud shoes

A nice easy loop. Beautiful scenic views of the lake and Mt. Hood.

Such an inspiring place to be, silence and serenity and freezing temperatures. Luckily the sun welcomed us at Lost Lake.
We had to park our car 3 miles down the mountain because of snow. But it was worth the hike.

Due to snow we had too park our car 3 miles down the lake...Next time we will hike this trail. Instead we hike up to Lost Lake and had an amazing time there.

Attempted to do the hike today, but the road (NF-1310) up to Wahtum Lake was barricaded and closed off about 5 miles shy of the trail head. Can't wait to try it again in the spring.

This is a hard fairly technical trail. I ran (hiked) the first 3 miles. About 1.5 miles in are great views of the valley and Mt Hood. I did the trail in the late afternoon and saw a beautiful sunset across the valley. Bee careful to watch your time or have a head lamp.

As hard as the uphill and switchbacks are, the views are worth it.

Amazing views of Hood River Valley and Mount Hood.

8 months ago

Nice trail, most parts lay in the forest so it is doable also in hot summer conditions. Awesome view on top! Don't forget your boardshort or bikini!

8 months ago

Good hike but my knees felt it on the initial descent.

8 months ago

great hike. uphill all the way to an awesome lookout at Mt Hood

beautiful view of mt hood and surrounding landscape. serene and surprisingly not too crowded.

Decent challenge on the way up, but the trail is in really good condition until you hit the shale. What a view at the top!. The walk around the lake is awesome, and flat enough for almost anyone to get out and enjoy. The only tough part for some are the steps at the end.

If you fancy camping here, there are 5-6 developed camps at the top with tables, fire pits, and (the most decent smelling around) outhouse. $15/night for spots, $5/day for parking.

Would love to bring my mtn bike here!

10 months ago

A quick, but heart pumping hike! Good to fit in on your drive along the Gorge. Nothing really to see until you get to the top. Don't underestimate it like I did and wear Chacos! Going down it's too steep and lots of lose dirt and little rocks to slip on!

10 months ago

i do this trail every summer, love it

Completed 7/19. Took about an hour and twenty up and a little under an hour down. View at the top is well worth the 1.9m hike.

If you follow the "true" trailhead, you have to cross a road in the park right after beginning the trail - upon reaching the road, look for a stop sign. That's where you resume the trail. Then, at the junction with Skyline Trail, keep left to follow LLB trail.

You're under the tree canopy all the way to the end, so maybe grab a flannel or light jacket. Lots of chipmunks.

Fun little hike to stretch your legs on your drive through the gorge!

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