Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked on 11/18. Gate closed so u have to hike half mile to TH. No bathrooms, no parking fee. Took trip around the lake first which was quite serene. No sun, no views but lots of cool mushrooms, unusual tree roots

hiking
26 days ago

I’m an avid hiker and frequently complete 14-20 mile hikes with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain. This trail was poorly marked and there was not a map at the trailhead (just a poison oak warning sign). After hiking about a half mile the trail comes to a fork. The left was blocked off with rocks so we went right and there was an extremely steep, loose scree slope. I would not recommend attempting the scree without hiking boots. As this was an unplanned stop/hike and I was wearing an old pair of running shoes so I turned around. Back at the fork there were people coming off the left (blocked off) part of the trail. I started to head down that trail and could see people standing on Mitchell Point through the trees. However the trail was extremely over grown and was washed out in some places. That coupled with all of the poison oak made me decide to turn around. I would not recommend this hike. The views from the trailhead were just as good and there are better trails in the area. Now that I see the all trails map, the left trail appears to be the correct path.

The term trail is a questionable at points, but the view is definitely worth the rocky trek.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic fall hike! It was a huffer and puffer, but all the views are worth it. Viewed not only Mt. Hood, but Mt Adams, Mt Rainer and Mt Saint Helens. This is a very diverse hike with fields of psentemon seeding in the breeze, burns from who knows when, tallis slides, huckleberries, frosted meadows and more. Like the former review says, McNiel point would be worth the few extra miles. My legs and bum are feeling the burn today. A top notch hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful clear day, the views were spectacular!
Trek was steep but not too hard, well worth the hike!

Fine trail if you are from the area and want to walk your dog. One view point. Otherwise no views of the river.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a well-maintained, open trail that winds thought a variety of landscapes on the way up to the Mt. Hood timberline. I can't really speak to the views because I was socked in most of the hike, but what little I could see was pretty amazing. I suggest continuing on to McNeil Point if you have the time and energy. I hear it's worth the climb!

Terrifying. We made it to the windy top but I cut my hand on a jagged loose rock on the way. Poison oak is everywhere. Wear climbing gloves if you have them. Yes, quite a view

2 months ago

Very well maintained and beautiful trail.

My absolute, hands down, FAVORITE hike I’ve ever been on. It is so incredibly beautiful at the top. My friend and I packed some snacks and found a nice nook at the top to sit in and took in the views for about 45 minutes. Go early so you don’t have to share the space because there’s not much room up there. It’s more on the moderate side, it’s not quite as hard as some of the reviews make it seem, it does have some rocks, just wear your hiking boots and be careful!

Good hike. Unfortunately when we were there the smoke was blocking the views of Mt. Hood. The lake is beautiful however and it was warm enough to jump in and swim. Really easy hike as well. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

Easy to find path that goes around the whole lake. Many options to go down to the water for a swim or to take in a breathtaking view.

hiking
3 months ago

This is right off 84. Gorgeous pit stop heading east.

a nice walk, very easy. family friendly.

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
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months 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
4 months 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.

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