Explore the most popular camping 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.

Hiked on 3/16...beautiful day with fresh powder, some sun and light snow. Trail is well marked, both lakes absolutely gorgeous. Did not see one person the entire hike. Clocked 10 Miles and took us 5 hours, 15 minutes with a small lunch break at Upper Lake.

a must do. I love this hike. It's a great weekend hike. 2 19 mile days aren't that bad if you go ultralight. so many waterfalls. paint brush and other wildflowers are plentiful. trail is in great shape.

More like 42 miles around the entire trail.

My girlfriend and I completed this in 3 days from 8/19-8/21. Beautiful hike but difficult at many points. Try to plan major river/stream crossings for the morning. They get harder as the snow melts in the afternoon.

Here is my trip report https://adventurecontinues.org/2017/08/19/timberline-trail/

Friday night- Saturday afternoon heat hike, recommend mosquito repellent, some section there were a lot of flies and in the morning lots of mosquitos.

Friday to Sunday (clockwise start and end at the Lodge). A truly spectacular hike! Absolutely perfect weather right now. The trail is in great shape overall. All river and glacial crossings are manageable day or night with some caution. Wildflowers are all on impressive display. Happy I brought the DSLR along. Fellow hikers on the trail were friendly and in high spirits. This was a weekend I'll never forget!

Trail ran the loop on Saturday. Weather was outstanding and the trail in great shape. All the crossings were good (Coe and Elliott were a little more challenging but fine). Wild flowers are in bloom which made the scenery that much more spectacular. We started/ended at Timberline lodge instead of Cloud Cap Campground. If I were to run this course again, I would start at Cloud Cap Campground and run clockwise (like we did). This would get the 'dry zone' out of the way while cool as well as the significant drop down to Zig Zag out of the way relatively early. Great day!

Did the whole loop last week. Most of the creek and river crossings were smooth and we were able to rock hop across. Coe and Elliott were a little sketchy, but doable. There was one section on the north side where the trail was under snow and we got off route, but were able to find it using this app. It could be melted off by now. GORGEOUS wildflowers everywhere! I want to do this trail every year!

Bring bug spray the mosquitos and biting flys are bad!

Completed a short portion at timberline lodge. Would like to do more. Beautiful views and snow in July.

Started at the Timberline Lodge and when counter-clockwise towards Cloud-Cap. Hiked starting 2-July-2017 and encountered some unsafe snow and ice conditions near Clark and Newton Creek. Hopefully trails have melted now with all the warm weather that will allow full access all the way around.

Cloud Cap and Tilly Jane campground were closed.

camping
10 months ago

Beautiful area. Primitive but nice campsites on the lake. A nice hike to Echo Point (I'll try to upload) with views of Boulder Lake and Mt Hood. Quite crowded camping on the weekend. Next time we'll go on the weekdays.

There are 8 to 10 campsites at this lake. The half mile hike in keeps most car campers away. All campsites are on the lake. Beautiful lake, clear water.

Just did the point and not the twin lakes loop.

Just got back from this overnight trip. At this time, snow is gone and bugs were only a 2 out of 5. Not bad at all. Lower Lake is deeper, so later in the year you could still drink the water, but Upper is only a few feet deep and already was starting to get warm There are at least eight nice camp sites around Upper Lake and even with a full scout troupe at one end, after 9pm all we heard was a single frog. Now, going from Upper to Palmateeer View was a bit tricky. The trail is washed down a little, so it's a slow-go if it has been raining. Also, the map shows a small trail going between Twin Lakes Trail and Palmateer. We could not find any trace of this trail and we walked it twice. Did not get all the way to the View Point. It seem farther then the map indicated, and we had to cross a stream that did not appear on the map, so we were confused. Not 100% but I think we were to cross the stream and proceed another 1/2 mile to the View Point. Oh well, next trip. Overall, the Upper Lake area is awesome, per - The Three D's Team: Daddy, Daughter and a Dog.

Great views, fantastic river crossings, nice mix of environs. Elliot Crossing kicked our butts. The kids (age 12 to 17 and very fit) loved the challenge. Perfect 3 day trip.

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this trail. Not big on heights or water crossings but I did what I had to to get through. Unbelievable views and amazing terrain changes. Easily the BEST four day backpacking trip I have ever been on.

the best experience!

Did this trail as part of the timberline trail in 2015. Great trail- very challenging if not in shape. Had one of our hikers catch a ride back to the timberline lodge before Elliot glacier. Did 18 miles in late august

on Boulder Lake Trail

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Really beautiful lake, great camping

Best hike yet! Beautiful scenery, trail and day. We hiked on 4th of July and the weather was perfect. Did a total of about 12 miles on the PCT. The day flew by ... I enjoyed the scenery so much!

Great hike, but the mileage in this app is mis-marked. It's not 3.7 miles, but 4.7, from Hwy 35 up to the Timberline junction. In shades trees all the way there with some small snow patches and two beautiful alpine meadows. Lightly traveled. Gradual climb all the way in. Quiet. Awesome view of the mountain at the junction. We took an extra detour down to the river for some fresh glacial water.

hiking
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This is a great little hike especially if you continue on to Bonney Meadows (if you happen to be in the area). There are some nice campsites at Boulder Lake

I wanted to add that the description they give seems to describe the Twin Lakes Trail out of Frog Lake, but the map and directions are for the Twin Lakes trail out of Elk Lake. Two totally different trails and lakes. This one (Elk Lake) is probably 6.5 miles one way, with maybe 1,500' gain and 1,100' loss. The distance in the description matches the other Twin Lakes Trail out of Frog Lake perfectly. You can do the Elk Lake trail out and back in a day, but you best start early and travel light.

I think the previous reviewer is referring to a different twin lakes. This trailhead leaves from Elk Lake in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness north of Detroit, OR. There are good views of Jefferson as you climb above Elk Lake, and the lakes themselves are nice and quiet. The trailhead from Bagby Hot Springs terminates above Elk Lake. Battlax Mt. is a good diversion. There is no trail to upper Twin Lake, but just follow the outflow stream from lower Twin Lake. Yes it's weird but the Upper Lake is lower than the Lower Lake per my map.

on Badger Lake Trail

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Great place to go for a day trip. Campsites are limited during warm weather, but the drive up is beautiful!

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