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.

Great Trail and definitely worth making it to the end! Much easier coming back than going in but a lovely day hike with family.

Hiked this waterfall today it was one of the hottest days of the summer so far it was a nice waterfall with a nice spray some nice cool spots along the trail. I would do this one again.

Did this over 2 days (Timberline Lodge—>elk cove, elk cove—>Timberline lodge). Would absolutely recommend this trail, but not this pace— it’s worth it to enjoy 2 nights outside. Beautiful scenery.

Bring trekking poles for the river crossings— they weren’t terrible, but they were more significant than anything I’d ever done before, and they get worse in the afternoons, when there’s more snowmelt.

Overall, this is an excellent hike— can’t wait to go back!

We made it he hike fairly easily. The falls are worth every step. Once there you must go behind your he fall and experience this with a nice lunch.

We’re new to hiking and took our girls (7 & 9). They were starting to moan a bit towards the top, but once they saw the waterfall all complaining stopped. There is one part closer to the falls where I think some rocks fell so they are directing everyone to a lower path. When trying to get back up to the main path it was steep and the dirt was very loose which was challenging with younger kids. Overall, the falls make it all worth it.

Access road is closed so it’s a five mile walk to the trailhead. Tons of fallen trees and debris blocking the trail and it’s difficult to identify and navigate. However, if you commit to the climb there are some amazing springs and meadows with beautiful wildflowers and epic views of Mt Adams. About a 12 hour round trip so make sure you pack plenty of water and/filter. There is access to water via springs. This could be an amazing hike if they cleared the trails. It was still worth it nonetheless.

12 days ago

Awesome family hike, and a great hike if you have dogs on a warm day - as there are plenty of places for dogs to get water.

Did the loop on Jun 30 - July 2. The trail was awesome and was completed in 2.5 days. Start and end at the Timberline Lodge going clockwise. No parking permit needed but you need to park by the edge wall while leaving the main parking area to lodge guest. 1st day (18 miles) camp at McGee Creek; 2nd day (17 miles) camp at Heather Creek; 3rd day (6 miles) out to the car. Make sure to fill out wilderness permit at trailhead.

Great hike. Moderate difficulty. Worth the trek.

Just completed the trail. Amazing views of Mt Hood, and gorgeous scenery. So happy to have hiked it. Long first day (30 miles), and super windy just after Cloud Cap.

All river crossings were reasonable. Many had convenient logs across them, some had a few jumps between rocks, but never had to get my boots wet. Crossed White at 9am, so possibly was lower than it would have been in the afternoon.

Still some snow on sections, but nothing to worry about.

Loved the streaming water along the pathway and magnificent falls at end to view as we ate our lunch!

trail running
18 days ago

Awesome path for trail running. Will have to slow in some sections to scale rocks, but isn’t too much of a hassle. Great views, definitely climb up behind the falls. If you’re running, bring bear bells.

Awesome hike! Pictures doesn’t do this hike justice.

21 days ago

Did this trail in September 2017. Beautiful hike all the way through. Tried to get underneath the waterfall, but the spray was fierce! There had been a rock slide so had to climb over some boulders, but overall pretty easy trail!

21 days ago

Great hike with and awesome reward at the end. We took our 1 year old in a backpack carrier. Went great. We all loved it. We went on a Monday. Trail was moderately populated. Took us about two hours to get out and back.

beautiful and a good workout. totally worth your time. bring water. no snack needed. 1hr up and 1 hr back. excellent waterfall.

Awesome trail! I saw all ages of people doing it, and dogs! The waterfall is beautiful. If you go slow you can navigate the rocks quite easily. I would of gave it 5 stars, but it was almost overcrowded on a Saturday afternoon! There is a lot of parking though!

my wife and I did this hike today. it was perfect weather and not terribly hard. definitelyget there early as it gets busy later in the day.

24 days ago

Such a beautiful lake! Deserted on the Summer Solstice, clear water, bright white fluffy clouds. We were happy to discover the road that goes to within half a mile, thought we’d never get there because previously we had accessed the lake from Bonney Meadows above. The road to Bonney Meadows is now only 4-wheel drive accessible. Anyway, we hiked up to the Meadows. We saw an osprey at the lake diving for fish. All in all a perfect day and lovely lake.

Awesome for almost all ages. A great pot of gold at the end of the trail!

27 days ago

Hiked this trail with the family, ages 10-53. Perfect length and difficulty for the kiddos, wore out the pupper. Absolutely gorgeous!

Spectacular waterfall! We hiked this trail to celebrate the arrival of 2008. We were excited to try out our traction spikes in the frozen wonderland, and boy did we need them. We cruised down the trail, surefooted, while others resorted to sliding on their butts at any decline and forming human chains at the inclines... Funny, but also dangerous- be sure to bring the right equipment for your season!

29 days ago

Fantasy hike!

30 days ago

Good views of Mt. Hood. The top also has views of Helens and you can see a little of Adams and Rainer. Just missed the wildflowers. Lots of mountain bikers.

1 month ago

This hike was beautiful!! 10/10 would do again. It was very moderate, didn’t feel the uphill at all (except in one short rocky spot). Lots of tree cover for sun shading/protection from the rain (it rained on our way down but felt very light with the trees). The waterfalls were beautiful, you can climb on the rocks to get behind it if you want to (a bit slippery but worth it).

This was my first Oregon hike - what a stunning way to start! Great trail with relaxing spots to admire the river. The waterfall is glorious. If we would have packed lunch we could have stayed all day. Decided to hike back and enjoy lunch by the river where the trail begins. Highly recommend!

Completed this trail on 6-3. Absolutely beautiful with amazing views of Mt.Hood. The map can be confusing to follow. Turn left onto Newton creek trail before you hit the river and follow the loop. There was still a few sections of snow on 6-3 about 4ft in height in the higher elevation near a ledge. I was able to pass in my trail runners.

1 month ago

Easy short stroll from trailhead to boulder lake. Some car campers at little boulder lake because a forest service road reaches there, but only hike-in at the main boulder lake. Fishing at boulder lake was really good. Biting spinners for me. Mostly the invasive, but beautiful, brook trout. A fairly steep hike from the lake up to bonney meadows is worth it. Beautiful views of Mt Hood over a natural meadow full of wildflowers. A decent amount of snow patches on the ground as of late may, but still pretty easy to spot the trail.

Epic journey. Started at the lodge and went clockwise. We did it in two and a half days, with some little side hikes up and down other trails. Elliott Branch was very scary, but this was in 2012 and it might be better by now. Will never forget it, one of my favorite hikes ever.

Beautiful hike. Loved it.

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