Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

We saw Adam's Rainier St. Helen's to the north. Mt Hood up close and Jefferson to the south. Did it as a loop with a 5 and 6 year old they loved it.

Very nice trail and not to many ppl

backpacking
19 days ago

There's no words to describe this beauty!
To see so clearly three mountains (off trail #493 High Prairie)
Meadows of wild flowers, gorgeous creepy trees, to the clear openings with big rocks, view of HWY 35 & super simple.
Markers are lined just remember to keep your head in the trees to not miss

Very quiet hike, the only person I saw was staying in the look out tower.

great hike, still a bit of snow on the trail, but should be gone within next couple of days (weather is hot right now!) fabulous views. the only downside, trail is short, would have been nice if it was a bit longer. but if you're looking for a nice stroll and vistas. this is a good hike!

The roughest part about this trail is the bumpy road getting to it. The trail is wide and easy to traverse. The little meadows are nice, with lots of flowers and bugs(depending on the season). The view is stunning, arguably better than Flag Point. You can get to Fret Creek and even Flag Point if you take the Divide trail this trail connects to. Definitely check this out sometime.

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.

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

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.

I propose to my girlfriend (now wife) on this trail! Spectacular view!

It is a fun trail, but there is a split right at the trail head with no clear marking as to which way to go. We went to the right and the trail quickly disappeared after about a mile. Once we were in the correct trail there are a couple spot for great views and a nice spot to eat lunch with a view of Mt. Hood.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

I was here last weekend with my family and we had a great time! It’s definitely a super easy trail and it doesn’t have the best views, but if you’re looking for a basic snowshoeing trail - this is the one!

To continue on to Lookout Mountain at the Gumjuac/Divide junction, take the trail farthest to the left (not the road). It's the only trail at the junction that does NOT have a sign. Spectacular 360 view on top of Lookout Mtn.

Really liked this run. Starts out very steep, with a bunch of switchbacks. After the first half mile it is a nice rolling trail.

The fallen trees have all been cleared. The trail is in great shape. I ran the trail on Monday afternoon and did not see a single other person. The tail is maintained by a bike club so expect to see mountain bikers.

i love this trail.

on Lookout Mountain Trail

10 months ago

Easy hike with a great payoff. 360 view with 5 mountains! Near the end of the drive up there the navigation told me to go down a road that wasn't there, but I kept going up the road I was on and it connected to the trailhead. Road is gravel but easily accessible by a civic

I was out for almost 5 hours and only saw four other people and that wasn't until the last 30 minutes. Loved it!!! Nice hike, relatively well marked and easy to navigate.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

This is a great hike for people that don't normally hike. Go on a clear day and the view will amaze you. I didn't see any water sources near the top so bring plenty of water especially for you pooches.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Not a bad little hike! Pretty cool views at the 'top'. Lots of mountain bikers so beware if you're on foot!

snowshoeing
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Great for snowshoeing! It was my first and only time, so maybe I'm not a good judge... but I thought it was beautiful and would recommend it.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Awesome views

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Loved it! Great view at Mt. Hood and the surroundings.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

We did this just yesterday. It is difficult to know when u cross the Dog River because that is a stream passing under a bridge. So we kept walking and we reached the other end of the highway. So point to point it was nearly 7 miles ie 7 miles one way. Coming back 7 miles is all the way up hill which can be very strenuous. However the trail is quite and secluded and offers some great views of Mt. Hood.

hiking
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Life changing.

snowshoeing
Monday, December 07, 2015

Great!

on Dog River Trail

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

Was nice but far too many mountain bikers to really enjoy. Almost got ran off the trail 3 times from bikers zipping down the trail. I wouldn't rate this as super hard.

hiking
Saturday, July 04, 2015

Breathtaking views at the top of the ridge. Mostly in trees so good shade for summer hikes.

on Dog River Trail

hiking
Saturday, February 28, 2015

We did this hike as a shuttle between Dog River TH and the Zigzag TH. One way is 7 miles.

trail running
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

We set out to trail run this trail, the footing was fine but the steady incline caused us to do some walking. Not a whole lot to see but a pretty creek crossing and one spectacular view of Mt. Hood!

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