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The AllTrails map, with the route currently depicted, will not take you to the falls. We were hopeful it would and just followed what AllTrails said to do, but it doesn't take you to a spot where you can actually see the falls. The route they give you kind of just ends randomly, near nothing interesting. At the endpoint depicted, we even went off trail and tried to cut through the woods to see if we could find a way to the falls, but basically got to the top of the waterfall with no way to see any views of the falls themselves, as there are steep areas surrounding both sides of the waterfall. You can basically just see a creek about to go off a ledge and that's it (and this could only be seen by going off trail, as stated above). We had to backtrack a ways and then turn onto the appropriate trail to get to the falls. If you look on the map, it's the left midway through the trail towards Tamanawas Falls Trail. Besides the inaccurate route AllTrails gives you, this trail was nice in that the trailhead is right off the main road and had plenty of parking even at 10 am on a Saturday ($5 recreation pass charge). I imagine the main trail to get to Tamawanas is much more crowded. If you take the correct turn towards the falls and ignore what this route depicts, this trail would be a great choice!

got a little lost but it was fun. the waterfall is down a scary path but worth it!

This hike was so great, I did it twice in one week! The flowers are in full bloom even in the heat of August. The views are spectacular! It’s a bit steep on the way out, but does flatten and then there’s some downhill for last section.

Great Hike. Second attempt to cross the creek and we did it! This time we crossed the creek over the small log and made the rest of the way via the rocks. I don’t think I would attempt it through the water. It was fast and I couldn’t tell how deep it was. The meadow was beautiful when we arrived!

Trail was nice and easy to reach but other than the falls and the view of Mount Hood from the back of a parking lot...... there really is not much to see. Nothing wrong with this trail I Just wasn't impressed.

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.

When we first got here we were just about to start the trail, and a very nice lady on the bench told us it was very steep starting from the beginning but that we could turn around, cross the road and start the trail from the back and it wasn’t as steep as starting from the beginning. We decided to do this instead due to my rheumatoid arthritis. It was more of a gradual elevation change, and half way to the falls I was thinking to myself “maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad with the short steep elevation change vs the gradual elevation change and going downhill the rest of the way”, but once we got to the meadows I realized what she meant and how steep it really was. But this was a beautiful hike! We even saw 3 deer on the trail near the ski lifts. I would definitely do this trail again, as umbrella falls was beautiful and flowing pretty well AND the walk thru the meadows with all the wild flowers! The deer in the meadows was a plus as well!

Love the wildflowers

Zero snakes on a mostly sunny, warm day!

Very nice hike with beautiful wild flowers. There is a steep part but overall very fun.

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome trail. Park at the ski lodge and it’s free. Make sure to take the trail down to the base of the fall , looks sketchy but it’s really not bad. Will definitely do again.

Great weather and great views of Mt. Hood!

hiking
26 days ago

A nice hike. Newton creek crossing was not difficult. There is a low log crossing near where the trail comes to the creek and I used this. There is also a larger fallen tree crossing upstream a ways but that is elevated above the creek quite a bit and will be more difficult for most and not suitable for families. I saw some cross by wading in the water without any issue but be cautious especially with youngsters as the current is swift. We added to the hike by going up to Elk mountain where there is a very nice view of Mt Jefferson and even the 3 Sisters. The trail up to Elk mountain is not as well warn but it was not difficult to follow. Many great views of Mt Hood along the way.

We couldn’t make it to Elk Meadows. The Newton Creek is huge and fast. (It’s more like a river). We were too scared to cross by foot through the water or over the log. We ended up going up the Newton Creek Trail and hitting the Timberland Trail. That was a pretty strenuous hike but what beautiful views of Mt. Hood. Worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Puts you in at The Elk Meadows trailhead then connects you to this trail. Don’t forget to walk back to where the trail turns off to Sahalie Falls trail. The first half is harder than the second, so after the payoff of the gorgeous falls, it’s a pleasant hike. Would do again.

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

A beautiful hike today! We started at Elk Meadows Trailhead and traveled counter-clockwise. Super pretty with lots of wildflowers and expansive views. Umbrella Falls were flowing well and we ate lunch on a log around there before heading down past Sahalie Falls. We almost missed the trail to Sahalie, but saw the sign last minute. We decided not to go all the way down as it looked relatively steep and we couldn’t fully see where it ended. So we got to see it from the top

Really pretty hike through some beautiful meadows. We did the full loop suggested here. Umbrella Falls was really flowing well. Took a picnic on some logs before the falls. We're out of shape so we took some breaks along the way. The first leg of the trail (umbrella falls trail) gains a good amount of elevation quickly. A tree is down at the very end of the loop before you get back to the parking area. We had to rock hop across a steam and squeeze through some overgrowth.

Beautiful hike with lots of wild flowers. The falls are lovely. Great elevation climb!

Started around 820am, took a half hour break at the top and got back around 4pm. Be mindful of the trail splits on the way down or you’ll take a nice detour like I did. Fortunately there’s a few other routes on the mountain and ended up on the Timberline Trail.
Bring sunscreen as you’ll spend most of the time above the tree line. The snow will reflect the UV rays so make sure to apply the sunscreen under your chin and nose.

hiking
1 month ago

We started at the Elk Meadows trailhead, note you need a forest pass $30yr or $5 day you can buy at this trailhead. There are about 3 other trailheads you can start this hike on but we chose this one. During the summer there are TONS of beargrass and other wildflowers we enjoyed seeing. I would not rate this as moderate but a little less. There was one stretch of uphill during the first quarter mile or so. We were fortunate to finish this hike without crossing paths of anyone and we started at 7am. Umbrella falls was pretty and Sahale falls was also a fun adventure to hike down to as well. The trail was well marked no doubt but we did also hike it during the summer when all the snow had melted. When in doubt turn on your alltrails app and boom no hesitation at all. I would hike it again as an add on while in Hood Mt area for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

Overall an ok trail. Waterfall is pretty. Completed with wife and 1 year old.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike. Umbrella Falls has a parking lot very close so it’s a bit crowded. However, walking down to the Sahalie falls made this hike 4 stars. It was hard to tell where to hike down and a bit discouraging due to steepness but definitely worth it in the end..

Hard climb but awesome to the top!

hiking
2 months 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.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

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