Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this with my 4 boys ages 12 to 6 in about 2.5hour including lunch at Umbrella Falls. Wild flowers are in bloom with a lot more ready in the next couple weeks. Small patches of snow in shaded areas, but nothing you need boots or gaiters for. We also took the short Sahalie Falls spur. Two nice waterfalls in 4 miles, plus all the wild flowers. If you hike this clockwise from Elk Meadow Trailhead, there is a tree down long wise along the trail just after you cross the creek making it hard to pick up the trail, but it is there up the slope despite a couple false trails going up the creek.

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!

Beautiful beginning, stopped by heavily glacial runoff at the stream crossing right before the uphill switchbacks. Go early to get a better chance at a calmer stream or be prepared to scale across fallen logs or barefoot stream crossing.

Great Alpine mountain side meadows, underneath the ski lift and arrive at a killer waterfall with Mt Hood as the backdrop. Worth the moderate uphill climb. Some snow still on the ground towards the end of the trail, but not much.

backpacking
7 days 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.

One of the most amazing hikes I have done since moving here. There was still some snow on the trails but it was no problem getting over it. I took the High Prairie Loop Trail number 493 to get there, which is beautiful as well. The view from Lookout is amazing, the mountains are incredible. I would recommend taking the loop back, for some more great views.

Beautiful hike. Loved it.

hiking
12 days ago

The trail is still covered with snow here and there that it makes it hard to figure out where you are going. I used the app which helped. The waterfall and the view of mount hood was beautiful. It’s a fun little workout.

Fantastic loop. I did this over 5 days/4 nights with side trips up Yocum Ridge, McNiel Point, and Elk Meadow. I started from the Timberline Lodge and went clockwise. There are a few streams you have to ford, though I only got me feet wet on the Sandy river crossing. The Elliot crossing seems more daunting that it is. I used the ropes crossing and it wasn't bad. This guide is pretty helpful http://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=19999. If I did it again, I would take high route up by the glacier as that seems like the shortest, least painful way.

Amazing trail with spectacular waterfall- good variety of terrain

This is actually a 4 mile hike! Got confused in the rocky portion and ended up scrambling in the dirt. There’s actually small switch backs that I didn’t notice until my way back to the car. The trail is heavily wooded and shaded but I still found it to be pretty hot in some areas. Gorgeous waterfall that has a refreshing mist. I went early enough that I had the place mostly to myself to enjoy. Parking lot was full when I left at 11:30!

hiking
14 days ago

It was a nice hiking trail,I would like to go hiking again.But the signs need to be more clear.

Beautiful views of Mt. hood along the way. Would not recommend for inexperienced hikers... there is a creek crossing at Newton Creek, one of the mountains most unruly glacial streams so be prepared. Right now there is a sturdy downed log to walk across but use caution. The trail does pick up further down stream from the log crossing. The shack and meadows at elk meadows is quite beautiful. Flowers are out, lots of huckleberry, strawberry, and some raspberry. Only small amounts of snow on the trail and no spikes or snow shoes are required for it.

hiking
14 days ago

All four mountains visible from the top

Great trail to the falls, right along a river/creek the whole way there and pretty shaded so it wasn’t too hot! Once you get to the falls there isn’t a great place to sit down because of the amount of people and most blowing in your face but very pretty.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice little day hike, well shaded with lots of gorgeous wooded areas. There was some confusion when we got to the portion of the trail that washed out a few years ago, but we were able to ask others on the trail which way to go.

This is trail is almost completely obscured by SNOW> at times I had snow above me knee. SNOWSHOES a must until a proper melt. Sunny,windy about mid 50's.
There is no way to determine the route as I traveled about 1 mile up and could not continue because I didn't want to land up on any of the West drop offs. No trail clear markings from TH. All the open meadows make it difficult to know where the trail is or was. Even if I had brought my snowshoes or crampons- It would be too precarious as I was following elk and deer prints in the drifts. In addition there was someone about 1/2 mile away (estimation) firing a long rifle large caliber weapon- he unloaded at least 20+ shots( saw the hunter on the way down). Great views from the road in. This trail is usually awesome, but it is too early for hiking- 4000 ft snow level abides as of May 26th,. ugh.

Went in January. It was very icy so microspikes were necessary in certain parts. Was hoping for falls to be completely frozen over but that is what next year is for ;)

Took 5 kids to the falls. Just far enough to make a nice hike, short and easy enough to get no whining. Great hike with nice payoff at the end.

hiking
20 days ago

One of the best views I’ve seen by far. Simply breathtaking. Still a lot of snow but the hike is doable with spikes or crampons. Had to park about a mile from the high prairie trailhead because there was too much snow and didn’t want to chance it - but it added to the hike which allowed for a greater reward up top.

hiking
20 days ago

Gate/Road/Campground is closed 3.5 miles from trailhead for construction for awhile. 9 mile loop turned into 18 mile out and back due to road closure, then hiked a couple miles at the end in the snow where the loop started to go back down lost the trail and it was getting sketchy at the top so turned around. Would only recommend expert hikers do this one right now (end of May) and pack snow shoes. Not very maintained, lots of trees fallen over the trail. Other than not being able to do the loop, had fun :)

hiking
27 days ago

I hiked this in June of last year. Very easy hike for the family. We went to Umbrella Falls which was AMAZING, then went 1/2 mike back towards our car but took the Sahalie Falls Trail to the right. sahalie falls is absolutely amazing when you are up close and personal with it. To get back to your car you just follow the loop for another 1/2 mile. If you want to check it out before you go there, I did a YouTube video on it :) copy the link below:

https://youtu.be/jF4Tp8IS0Nk

Although it is still completely covered in snow me and my husband still had a fun time hiking to top. Probably was not on the designated trail.

We hiked this in late October, there was some snow closer to the top of the hike. You'll be hiking under Mt. Hood Meadows ski lifts at one point.

Wonderful hike, nice and shady, and going on a weekday makes for a not too crowded adventure. One of my favorites with an amazing waterfall!

Beautiful little hike along a river to spectacular falls. I’d love to go again on a week day, the trail was very crowded.

We tried this weekend and couldn’t find the trail under the snow. Will try again in a few months.

Went yesterday. Was a good hike and a AWESOME waterfall! Very busy .Phone track said 4 Miles round trip.

Absolutely beautiful trail - there were many spots for photo ops, and the waterfall is stunning.

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