Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

Beautiful! Camped here the night before and noticed that the sign on the board at the campground listed this hike as now open. Loved getting to walk around the lake and before enjoying the view from the top. Looking out over Eagle Creek and the burn area was interesting, too.

hiking
6 days ago

A moderately difficult trail, fairly steep in the beginning, but it levels out after a couple miles when you enter the white-barked, burnt trees that overlook the river far below you. This is a great place to stop for a snack and some pictures. The trail continues upwards but it seemed less steep to me. Most of the switchbacks are in the first couple miles.

There was some snow as we went higher, and this obscured the trail completely. It was difficult to follow after that, only picking up previous hikers' paths but not knowing if these hikers were also lost! This trail meets up with the Timberline trail and we weren't sure if it continued past that or not. We were looking for a little cabin that was said to be at the end of this trail, but were unable to find it. The map we had was not detailed enough, so that didn't help at all!

Over all it was a great trail, very beautiful with varying types of trees and foliage, lots of burnt trees too from the fires, but nothing that detracts from the beauty. In fact, the burnt sections add a dose of reverence and other-worldliness that has beauty in its own right. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is moderately fit and who can handle some steep sections. Some stunning views of the valley and surrounding mountains too!

Note: We did come across a black bear fairly early in the hike. Clapping and talking to it steadily, while slowly walking toward it, worked at scaring him off.

Nice hike with a beautiful view of Mt Hood. Quite a bit of elevation gain, but much of the trail is pretty gradual. Took us a little under 2 hours round trip.

Tons rocks and poison ivy. Don’t take kids under 10 years old.

Pretty solid hike overall. It took me 45 minutes to get to the top. I would say I am in good shape, but not some elite athlete.

As everyone has said, it's steep. Can be pretty breezy at the top too. Worth it for the views.

Easy hike but not a stroll. There is a lot of uneven terrain (stumps, roots, rocks, mud). The bugs were pretty bad but not intolerable. Absolutely gorgeous hike, a lot of places to sit and take in the view. Oh and it was closer to 4 miles via our GPS hike tracker

was not closed and beautiful area, freeway noise aside the area is a great example of the magic in this area.

20 days ago

Hiked on July 22. Black flies were terrible. Awesome views, beautiful flowers. Could not really stop to enjoy because of the biting flies.

Easy walk around a beautiful lake. Many opportunities for pictures. The bugs were fierce but it was still worth it.

A nice walk to a very cool view of Mount Hood. Nicely maintained trail, but took a bit to find the actual trailhead. Steady climb to the top, which is worth it. Beautiful forest with lots of shade. Passed a few people but the trail wasn’t crowded. Check it out if you can!

hiking
22 days ago

Nice place to get a spectacular view of the gorge. I would rate it as moderate to hard due to the steep climb. Good hiking shoes is recommended as there are loose rocks in some stretches. Definitely going back in the Fall when it's cooler.

Cross the river and scramble up the left side of creek - worth the short hike to see the falls!

Xefd diff

would have been a 5 but the back side is not nearly as well kept as the front. great walk, easy to do, beautiful scenery both during the hike and on the drive, very enjoyable! there is a day use fee to access the park. no bathrooms or trash once you are on the loop.

Nice stroll around the lake. Great views of Hood. Trail is easy and crowded with lake goers.

Nice mix of forested trail and open, sun-exposed trail. Yes, it’s steep! Be ready for a calf/ham-string workout. I recommend good hiking shoes/boots and plenty of water. It’s early July and the trail was often DENSE with poison oak, so do be aware of that. Reminded me a bit of Angel’s Rest, with similarly rewarding views and a nice breeze at the top. It’s a great hike for a quick and intense outing (I suggest getting lunch afterward at Double Mountain or Pfriem in Hood River).

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty path, however pretty steep and it was very rocky about half the time. Walking stick recommended. Gorgeous view once you’ve reached the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Quite a vigorous hike! 2 hours 20 minutes in/out with the 8-year-old kid and a pup. Gorges view at the end!

I recommend going the morning. I believe we headed up around 10 and barely saw anyone. On the way down there were many groups which would make enjoying the top a bit harder. Beautiful view of hood!

hiking
1 month ago

steeper than you think. watch out for extreamly heathy poison oak on the side of the trail.

This hike is rated as moderate because of the length but some of the switchbacks are very steep, and require you to go uphill through gravel/jagged rocks. It’s a beautiful pay off though!

First 2 miles of trail been turned into paved road, next 1 1/2 miles where small loose rocks. After that, they stopped maintenance on the trail.

I haven’t hiked it yet but the hiking Facebook group I follow posted pics of their recent hike to it and said it was open.

Beautiful view of Mt. Hood and easy hike with kids ages 3 - 6.

hiking
1 month ago

6/16/18
The top has great views of the gorge. My sister and I did this hike around 7pm and we had the trail to ourselves. Careful walking across the rocks, and the grasses under the power lines are pretty overgrown (but you can still see the path).

Easy trail and mostly flat for approx 1/2 of the loop. We started at the boathouse area and headed towards the amphitheater and boat launch then started the loop. There were a few areas on the other side of the lake where we had to traverse water and muddy areas, but it was easily manageable and we mostly avoided the muck. At the start there were several campsites and people hanging out fishing, etc., but not once we got to the top of the lake. There were a fair amount of people out on the trail and a lot of dogs. People were friendly and courteous, as were the dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Careful with loose rocks. Great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike is now open. Steep uphill, couple spots with rock scree, great workout. Amazing view of the Gorge from the top.

on Lost Lake Butte Trail

2 months ago

Beautiful. Started at 9am on a Sunday and there was no one on the trail!

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