Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Beautiful scenery on a clear October day. Just the drive here from PDX proper was worth it. A few other hikers on a Monday morning but didn’t feel crowded. Path gets rocky & has a few largish root tangles throughout but nothing truly difficult. Area near the falls can be very slippery, but how far up you go is up to you - it’s selfie-worthy at the bottom too. Path follows water throughout, super pleasant. Gorgeous short hike.

Looks like someone was confused by where they were on the mountain. The reason they weren't familiar with the Mt Hood Meadows loop is probably because this starts at Timberline and goes above the Palmer run next to the White River glacier.
It's a fine hike, but needs a more appropriate name.

Easy to get to, incredible views multiple times along the way. Never too difficult to climb.

My brother & I hiked this trail and I've got to say this hike is PERFECT if your not trying to go on a really long hike that has difficult terrain to navigate.
The waterfall at the end is DEFINITELY worth every bit of the hike that it takes to get there.
Plus the whole trail on the way to the waterfall has amazing views and cool spots to stop at.

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2 days ago

Pretty cool walking under Hood River Meadows ski lift with no snow! Steep in a few spots and Mt Hood peak poking her head through the trees...well-marked trail. Both waterfalls are stunning was very quiet for sunny Sunday morning. Pretty steep going down to Sahalie Falls-lots of roots to help with the scramble and absolutely worth it!

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2 days ago

Fee parking, well-marked trail, big parking lot...great for kids & dogs...go early to beat the weekend crowds...steady incline, beautiful Fall foliage and waterfall

This trail is beautiful especially in the fall. I did the hike alone but i don’t recommend that. A few dangers to keep in mind: the fog can roll in quickly and you can lose visibility. I hiked it September 28- October 2 2018. I was 1 mile from the lodge and the fog rolled in and i lost the trail. Pretty much where the hiker that just died was found a week later. It was scary but i had a beacon in case of emergency. I ended up by palmer lift up on the glacier. It was very scary. I got lucky and the fog cleared for a second and i saw the palmer lift and then it disappeared again. I started to head that direction and back down hill when i got a brief glimpse of the lodge and then it also disappeared again. I was lucky i was in a ravine that went straight to the lodge. I was stuck up there for 6 hrs before i found my way back. I almost used my beacon but grateful i didn’t have to. I totally recommend the hike you just need to be prepared for anything. I plan to go back and see where i went wrong. I also am advocating for a sign to be added where that turn off is. Multiple hikers have gotten lost there. Good luck it was absolutely breathtaking and i feel like a badass fir completing the hike solo. Yeah me!!

Began at 7am and completed clockwise loop in 1 day. Precipitation most of the day and clouds finally cleared around mile 30 for some great views. Not much runoff so river crossing were relatively dry. No GPS signal for offline map, garmin watch or inreach tracker that day around Heather and Clark creek so study that area well to avoid losing the trail.

Well graded for the most part and very well maintained. Many miles above the treeline, offering amazing views on the top part of the mountain and its many glaciers. River fording can be tricky, but is a major highlight of the Trail.
Found much secludedness when we tackled the whole trail in early october. Got snowed on! Great experience.

One of my favorite waterfalls! Amazing this time of year with the fall colors coming in but even better in the snow! A must do!

Wonderful trip! Did this as a 4-day backpacking trip with my wife in August of 2017. Breathtaking views, wildflowers, historic shelters, and snow fields. This hike has a little bit of everything. If your itinerary allows, camp at Dollar Lake on the north side of the mountain. It’s a short climb from the main trail, but has excellent campsites, a beautiful view of the mountain, and a nice place for a swim or washing clothes. Water crossings vary significantly with temperature and rainfall. Sandy, Coe, and Elliott were the most challenging for us. It’s a fantastic and challenging hike.

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30 days ago

Beautiful place to hike for summer!!!

This was a fun trail for me & a family friend (kiddo that is 10 yrs old) to explore! The trail was clearly marked, dusty, rocky at points, and beautiful to walk along water the majority of the way. I would recommend this if you want a quick morning/afternoon hike. Enjoy!

Loved the waterfall view! Rocky in some spots but not too bad. Wasn’t too busy on a Thursday during the day which was great.

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1 month ago

The hike was short and fairly easy. However it was very rocky so be careful; it’s totally doable tho! I’ve seen people bring kids and pets though some parts of the trail might be a bit rough for your pets. The trail was also very scenic and shaded. The waterfall itself was super gorgeous!! I would recommend getting there early because by the time it was noon today, the place was packed with people. Also bring bug spray. Our lunch was disturbed several times by horseflies and yellow jackets. Definitely recommend the hike tho!

‘This IS a must stop & hike if in the area. Trail is a never boring mix of vegetation, large boulders, ascending & descending paths. Most of all the fresh pine smell and sounds of rushing water keep you pressing towards the awesome waterfall at the end. Enjoy!!

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1 month ago

Lovely little hike on well maintained trails. The trail tracks the creek terminating in the impressive Tamanawas Falls. Recommended.

Very nice walk thru the woods

Spent one night at elk meadow. Plenty of water to filter.
No trouble with Newton Creek, as there was a log across. Gnarl ridge was worth the hike up. Great view of Mt Hood.
No issue with bugs. The camp robber birds were especially aggressive/fearless when we had any food out at camp in the meadow.
Days were gorgeous with clear skies and great visibility. Night was cold, down to 31 degrees!
Also went to visit umbrella falls which was beautiful but a lot of work getting to it as we lugged our packs with us.

Great hike! Perfect weather for it. Started at umbrella falls. Didn’t realize you have to cross two roads to continue trail. We turned around and ended up doing some of elk meadows and then found out about the roads cause there’s no sign to continue the trail. Anyways, finished the loop, and saw both waterfalls. Cool to see the ski resort in the off-season.

Great hike. Pretty intense incline at beginning and Sahales falls didn’t have very good signage so we didn’t see it. Still overall great hike.

There’s just something about hearing the roar of the falls as you get closer and closer. And then when you finally spot it—you’ll be smiling. The day I went, the sun was shining brightly behind the falls which gave the mist created a scintillating sight. And while the trail isn’t very challenging overall except for some rock scrambling mid-way and at the very end, that mist is such a fantastic reward!

I highly recommend continuing to climb up and around the falls so that you get behind them for some amazing views of the rushing water and tree-scape complimented by mossy rocks.

This is a wonderful spot. It was a bit busy when I went due mostly in part by the approaching holiday weekend, I’m sure!

Did this hike today and it was beautiful! the trails were well kept. I've heard they can be slippery in places, but for the most part, they were fine. I brought a dog, which proved challenging on the rock paths near the end, so it's something to keep in mind when looking for a hike to do with a pet.There was also a lot less room at the end than I expected, and not much place to sit and rest, but the view was amazing! I would say this is a good beginner hike as it is about 1.6 miles in and 1.6 back out without too many steep hills.

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1 month ago

did this trail yesterday. really beautiful. all trails says 3.3 but my fitbit clocked 4 miles. it’s an easy hike and worth doing. lots of greenery and the sound of water the entire hike. it just gets more beautiful as you get closer to the falls. the falls are really pretty and the mist from the falls cools you off just enough. quite a few people and dogs on this trail. i would hike this one again.

This hike was incredible. I didn’t see a single other person. The views are great, the terrain is gorgeous, and the lake is beautiful. The solitude definitely helps.

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1 month ago

We ended up parking on the street right by the sign for the falls which we saw 1/4 mile in. We continued onto Sahalie but first had some huckleberries and some other blue-purple berry! The descent was tricky as was going back up. Very sandy and slick with a few roots to grab here and there. We decided to go back the way we came instead of making the loop and the little bit of gain worked us out (we did Mirror just before)! Nice hike.

Great hike!! Did this hike in 2 days.

Great hike. Awesome views of Mt Hood and the Falls were great too!

took my family hiking with my 7 year old and she did awesome on this trail. a bit crowded for my liking but lots of parking. the only thing I didn't like were the flies they're bad! the hike was easy and views were beautiful couldn't ask for more! the waterfall has limited space for viewing on the bottom as it gets crowded . would do it again though .

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1 month ago

Fun trail up to the falls. Not too hard, but there is a large boulder field before you make it to the falls. It's was a little challenging with a dog, but nothing that was impassable.

The falls are pretty and worth the hike. Couldn't make it up to the cave with my dog but pretty views around.

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