Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

Good quick easy hike.

hiking
8 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!

hiking
10 days ago

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.

beautiful waterfall

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!!!!

Starting off just south of the timberline lodge and finishing at the locks is a really fun trip! We definitely had plenty of water sources along the way. The only stream crossings to worry about are the Sandy River and Muddy Creek, both are easy to pass even with a full pack. Since we only did this section we were still able to meet other Thur Hikers for the PCT both going north and south.

I recommend this section for anyone who has some experience, even the novice sort can make this a doable trip.

Would love to do it again right away, but I will definitely pack lighter and move faster!

hiking
18 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.

**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.

on Tamanawas Falls Trail

28 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
29 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.

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.

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.

This is a great hike if the road is closed to Cloud Cap. If the road is open, and you don't mind the abuse to your car, I'd drive up and spend more time exploring higher up.
Start early, it's worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed on July 4th. We accessed Elk Cove from the Vista Ridge TH to avoid the possible construction issue at original trailhead. It's approx 8.8 miles going this route-> http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Elk_Cove_from_Vista_Ridge_Hike
Snow on the trail in spots on the upper vista ridge section through to nearing Dollar Lake & Elk Cove, but was not an issue, easy to walk on.
Very up close views of Mt Hood & various flowers throughout.

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.

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