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

Just completed yesterday. Started Monday from TL Lodge and went clockwise, as suggested. If I had do overs I would do CCW and end on easy, cruising trail rather than the sandpit climb back up to the lodge.
Water crossing were all easily done with dry feet except for the last one, White River, when done CW. I easily forded that one. Rock hopping possible, I'm sure, if you are willing to scout up and down the river a ways. I determined the ford the safest and fastest way and it felt refreshing on my worn feet.
Trail conditions are great. Water sources plentiful even with many dried out for the season. Completed in 2.5 days. 40's at night. Cool in the mornings but hot in the afternoons. Pack appropriately for 3 seasons and get out there and do it while the window is still open. From what I hear, this is atypical for this time of year. Glad I was able to sneak it in!

Pound for pound the most amazing hike I’ve done in Oregon and I’ve done some amazing hikes all over this state. We caught it on a crisp clear day and the vistas are breath taking. You could see well over 100 miles in all directions. We could see St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Jefferson, Sisters, the rolling cascades, the central oregon desert... it was well worth the effort.

You can get there in a mid clearance car but we opted for a 4x4 Jeep which made getting there easier. The trail is mostly sandy and rocky.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go. We were very fortunate but I’d pack for wind/rain/cold just to be safe as it can easily change. I’d also recommend a hat, sunglasses, something to cover your ears from wind, and gloves. Trail is never super steep for very long. Mostly a gradual trudge. A++

Beautiful scenery on a clear October day. Just the drive here from PDX proper was worth it. A few other hikers on a Monday morning but didn’t feel crowded. Path gets rocky & has a few largish root tangles throughout but nothing truly difficult. Area near the falls can be very slippery, but how far up you go is up to you - it’s selfie-worthy at the bottom too. Path follows water throughout, super pleasant. Gorgeous short hike.

Easy to get to, incredible views multiple times along the way. Never too difficult to climb.

My brother & I hiked this trail and I've got to say this hike is PERFECT if your not trying to go on a really long hike that has difficult terrain to navigate.
The waterfall at the end is DEFINITELY worth every bit of the hike that it takes to get there.
Plus the whole trail on the way to the waterfall has amazing views and cool spots to stop at.

6 days ago

Fee parking, well-marked trail, big parking lot...great for kids & dogs...go early to beat the weekend crowds...steady incline, beautiful Fall foliage and waterfall

This trail is beautiful especially in the fall. I did the hike alone but i don’t recommend that. A few dangers to keep in mind: the fog can roll in quickly and you can lose visibility. I hiked it September 28- October 2 2018. I was 1 mile from the lodge and the fog rolled in and i lost the trail. Pretty much where the hiker that just died was found a week later. It was scary but i had a beacon in case of emergency. I ended up by palmer lift up on the glacier. It was very scary. I got lucky and the fog cleared for a second and i saw the palmer lift and then it disappeared again. I started to head that direction and back down hill when i got a brief glimpse of the lodge and then it also disappeared again. I was lucky i was in a ravine that went straight to the lodge. I was stuck up there for 6 hrs before i found my way back. I almost used my beacon but grateful i didn’t have to. I totally recommend the hike you just need to be prepared for anything. I plan to go back and see where i went wrong. I also am advocating for a sign to be added where that turn off is. Multiple hikers have gotten lost there. Good luck it was absolutely breathtaking and i feel like a badass fir completing the hike solo. Yeah me!!

Began at 7am and completed clockwise loop in 1 day. Precipitation most of the day and clouds finally cleared around mile 30 for some great views. Not much runoff so river crossing were relatively dry. No GPS signal for offline map, garmin watch or inreach tracker that day around Heather and Clark creek so study that area well to avoid losing the trail.

Well graded for the most part and very well maintained. Many miles above the treeline, offering amazing views on the top part of the mountain and its many glaciers. River fording can be tricky, but is a major highlight of the Trail.
Found much secludedness when we tackled the whole trail in early october. Got snowed on! Great experience.

Ashy. Sandy. Rocky. This trail has it all. If you take Eliot Moraine way yo you follow a ridge. Then cut over to the shelter. After that you follow some long gradual switchbacks up and it’s rocky. From there you are at a rocky ridge which many people turn around. We went up to the very top then up to the actual snow line at 9050’. This hike was intense but worth it.

I did not hike all the way up to the end of the cooper spur trail, I was probably only a couple of miles away. I hiked tilly jane campground, to cloud cap campground, to cloud cap inn and then retraced back to tilly jane, where I took tilly jane/cooper spur past the A-frame and up, up, up. To the shelter and past the shelter. I didn't get as great views because it was a smoky day, but it was definitely worth the trip and I will be coming here again. 8/20/18. The bugs were pretty annoying if you stopped for any amount of time and it didn't really seem that bug spray or sunscreen was keeping them away. once the cooper spur trail ends is when the mountain climbing begins. The trail up to the viewpoint is long switchbacks, slippery sand and rock and many trails that branch out or shortcuts? I took a couple of them. I saw a couple of backpackers hiking with their dog along the rim.

One of my favorite waterfalls! Amazing this time of year with the fall colors coming in but even better in the snow! A must do!

Wonderful trip! Did this as a 4-day backpacking trip with my wife in August of 2017. Breathtaking views, wildflowers, historic shelters, and snow fields. This hike has a little bit of everything. If your itinerary allows, camp at Dollar Lake on the north side of the mountain. It’s a short climb from the main trail, but has excellent campsites, a beautiful view of the mountain, and a nice place for a swim or washing clothes. Water crossings vary significantly with temperature and rainfall. Sandy, Coe, and Elliott were the most challenging for us. It’s a fantastic and challenging hike.

Lots of trail options that all end up going to the top. Well, unless you find yourself on the Timberline trail going around the mountain, which would be wrong. If you don’t follow the GPS once you pass the shelter you will more than likely take the incorrect trail and make your hike more difficult and more dangerous, as I saw a few do traversing the ridge along the glacier drop.
Was completely socked in at the top. Snow the last mile or so as of 9/17 from the previous day.
Stopped at the official trail end of Tie-In Rock, even though the GPS goes a bit further. It’s called Tie-In Rock for a reason; going beyond it not properly prepared to do mountaineering could prove fatal.
The mileage seemed a little longer than described, and I neglected to turn on my tracker until maybe a mile or so in. Doh! The hike itself isn’t bad, but the elevation in combination with my asthma created a big challenge.
After your hike continue up the road from the trailhead/campsite parking lot to see the old Cloud Cap Lodge, built in 1889, now maintained and used by The Hood River Crag Rats as the oldest Search & Rescue organization in the US!
The 9 mile road going up is well maintained, but as described by others, very rough!

1 month ago

Beautiful place to hike for summer!!!

1 month ago

one of my favorite day hikes near portland! i would say this trail is more of a moderate to hard. if you start in the morning, say 10:45/11 am and take a break at the a-frame, and continue back down, you should be done by 2:30/3 pm. it may be cooler when you start but once you break out of the trees and into the open parts of the trail, it gets warm fast (you are in the sun for 70% of the hike). its a hike to take on if you are in decent shape, bring plenty of water and food and take your time. views don't happen until you are closer to the a-frame (about 1-1.5 hours in or so). when you make your way back down, the wind may pick up, so be sensitive to weather. you can use hiking poles, they help but not needed if only going to the a-frame. side note, no restrooms around the area.

This was a fun trail for me & a family friend (kiddo that is 10 yrs old) to explore! The trail was clearly marked, dusty, rocky at points, and beautiful to walk along water the majority of the way. I would recommend this if you want a quick morning/afternoon hike. Enjoy!

Loved the waterfall view! Rocky in some spots but not too bad. Wasn’t too busy on a Thursday during the day which was great.

1 month ago

The hike was short and fairly easy. However it was very rocky so be careful; it’s totally doable tho! I’ve seen people bring kids and pets though some parts of the trail might be a bit rough for your pets. The trail was also very scenic and shaded. The waterfall itself was super gorgeous!! I would recommend getting there early because by the time it was noon today, the place was packed with people. Also bring bug spray. Our lunch was disturbed several times by horseflies and yellow jackets. Definitely recommend the hike tho!

‘This IS a must stop & hike if in the area. Trail is a never boring mix of vegetation, large boulders, ascending & descending paths. Most of all the fresh pine smell and sounds of rushing water keep you pressing towards the awesome waterfall at the end. Enjoy!!

1 month ago

Lovely little hike on well maintained trails. The trail tracks the creek terminating in the impressive Tamanawas Falls. Recommended.

Very nice walk thru the woods

I loved it. Good workout with beautiful view of Mt. Hood and Rainier. Love the different terrains.

Spent one night at elk meadow. Plenty of water to filter.
No trouble with Newton Creek, as there was a log across. Gnarl ridge was worth the hike up. Great view of Mt Hood.
No issue with bugs. The camp robber birds were especially aggressive/fearless when we had any food out at camp in the meadow.
Days were gorgeous with clear skies and great visibility. Night was cold, down to 31 degrees!
Also went to visit umbrella falls which was beautiful but a lot of work getting to it as we lugged our packs with us.

There’s just something about hearing the roar of the falls as you get closer and closer. And then when you finally spot it—you’ll be smiling. The day I went, the sun was shining brightly behind the falls which gave the mist created a scintillating sight. And while the trail isn’t very challenging overall except for some rock scrambling mid-way and at the very end, that mist is such a fantastic reward!

I highly recommend continuing to climb up and around the falls so that you get behind them for some amazing views of the rushing water and tree-scape complimented by mossy rocks.

This is a wonderful spot. It was a bit busy when I went due mostly in part by the approaching holiday weekend, I’m sure!

Did this hike today and it was beautiful! the trails were well kept. I've heard they can be slippery in places, but for the most part, they were fine. I brought a dog, which proved challenging on the rock paths near the end, so it's something to keep in mind when looking for a hike to do with a pet.There was also a lot less room at the end than I expected, and not much place to sit and rest, but the view was amazing! I would say this is a good beginner hike as it is about 1.6 miles in and 1.6 back out without too many steep hills.

1 month ago

did this trail yesterday. really beautiful. all trails says 3.3 but my fitbit clocked 4 miles. it’s an easy hike and worth doing. lots of greenery and the sound of water the entire hike. it just gets more beautiful as you get closer to the falls. the falls are really pretty and the mist from the falls cools you off just enough. quite a few people and dogs on this trail. i would hike this one again.

This hike was incredible. I didn’t see a single other person. The views are great, the terrain is gorgeous, and the lake is beautiful. The solitude definitely helps.

Great hike!! Did this hike in 2 days.

1 month ago

Fun trail up to the falls. Not too hard, but there is a large boulder field before you make it to the falls. It's was a little challenging with a dog, but nothing that was impassable.

The falls are pretty and worth the hike. Couldn't make it up to the cave with my dog but pretty views around.

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