Explore the most popular nature trips 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 hike with minimal to no other hikers (we saw 1). Amazing view of Hood and Adams.

Good quick easy hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked to Elk Meadows then took the Gnarl Ridge and Timberline trails to Lamberson Butte where there is an excellent view. Still a few wildflowers in bloom higher up. There was a flat log to cross Newton Creek near where the trail comes out of the woods. Hiked 11 miles.

hiking
5 days ago

Such a fun hike with a stunning payoff! We arrived at 7:30 AM and were the only ones at the falls for almost an hr, so arrive early to beat the crowds. On the right side near the falls is a rocky trail. Follow it and then carefully ramble your way over the rocks to get to the back of the falls for a tremendous view!

Best hike on the mountain!

This hike is by far the my favourite mountain hike, ever. It is challenging, so be sure to have plenty of water and food. Here’s some advice that you might find helpful:
Bring trail running or hiking shoes, since most of the hike will be on sand/loose gravel; Wear sunscreen to avoid bug-bites, since they stopped attacking me when I layered every thirty minutes; Bring a few pairs of socks, because your shoes and socks will be full of ash and sand; wear pants to avoid plant scratches or tick fears for the first 2 miles. If you arrive before 9am, you’ll have a wonderful hike, since it does get hot. Further, park at the lot at the base of the Tilly Jane trail, since there is no fee associated with that lot, and you’ll see SO much more transitions in the geography and environment.

Great for families. Beautiful falls.

Great lightly trafficked trail. 3 miles from the trailhead. We went further to Cloudcap Inn possibly 4 mi. There are a couple of streams on the way for the doggies. Hiking poles are very useful as you keep on climbing. Bring plenty of water and a cap as the fire has taken out the trees and little shade.

hiking
10 days ago

Took this trail up to the treeline for some great views of Mt. Hood. Hard but not too grueling hike. Only saw two other people on the trail in the morning though it was a weekday.

beautiful waterfall

hiking
13 days ago

I would call this moderate based on the fact that you climb 1,000 ft in 1 mile. Otherwise an easy hike overall. Not many campsites but those on the east side of the meadows have nice views of Mount Hood.

Very nice trail and not to many ppl

This was my favorite hike in Oregon! The trail follows the river which kept the air temperature pleasantly cool and provides nice background noise. The falls are beautiful and you can even go behind the waterfall! Do this hike!!!!

great hike. trail was a bit dusty right now. weather was magnificent. the Hemlocks at the top are amazing and ancient. The meadow was done with its heavy bloom period. the gnarl ridge lupine are just finishing. The trail was easy to read. There are lots if shady spots to take breaks. Take plenty of water because its dry as you ascend.

Beautiful views of Mt. Hood & Mt. Jefferson to a river. We had many changes of scenery and were able to walk part of the PCT. the hills were butt busters!! Would recommend & do again.

hiking
16 days ago

This hike was beautiful throughout and the falls were better than I could have expected! A quick nice day hike for those short on time. The drive there had great views of Mount Hood, and the drive back to Portland is a great opportunity to stop at the gorge. Make sure to stop ahead of time (like in Zigzag) to get a $5 forest day pass.

hiking
19 days ago

It isn’t too hard of a hike, though it was all incline the views throughout the hike as you make your way towards the top was well worth the sweat.

**Found**
found a sleeping bag on the northwestern side of the mountain, in a glacial valley. Packed it out. Describe it to me and I can mail it to you. send me a message on Instagram, @sam_joe_carl

Beautiful wilderness! Spent two nights and three days. My GPS showed the final milage to be more like 43.5

Make sure to bring some type of insect repellent but overall very beautiful and gracious. I did bring my dog and should’ve had dog booties for her because of certain terrain. Enjoy!

A fun trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

Cool little hike that has some pretty cool stuff along the way. You get some cool views of cliffs, nice little pools and rapids along the creek, some minor rock climbing and a waterfall. There are also 2 cool bridges. I really enjoyed this trail. I saw many people of all ages with dogs and children, so it’s good for everyone. Definitely check it out.

The trail was easy to follow. We stayed at Elk Meadows (lots of mosquitos, and not many camping spots) and did a day hike to Gnarl Ridge. My 14 and 9 yr old sons and our dog did the hike. The hike felt moderate rather than hard. Hiking sticks are very helpful. The wildflowers were amazing! We went up there Weds-Fri and the traffic was minimal. We had a great time!

on Tamanawas Falls Trail

25 days ago

Great workout! The waterfall at the end is amazing. If you climb over the rocks, you can go behind the waterfall. Like someone else has stated, trail is 4 miles round trip, signs at the trailhead say 2 miles to waterfall.

hiking
26 days ago

This is a super easy, short hike! The waterfall is gorgeous.

Be sure to have the correct parking pass!

Easy hike, great view.

Great hike to do with kids! The rocks at the end are a little tricky, but the view from the waterfall is incredible.

Once you get past 2,000ish feet elevation change in the first 2 miles, the trail has amazing views of Mt. Hood & Mt. Adams and it levels off for a bit. I did not make it down to the lake, as I did not have another 1,000+ feet elevation change in me, but my husband did and he said it was lovely!

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

great hike. its 4 miles round trip though not 3.3 fyi! not hard though!

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

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