hiking
bugs
muddy
snow
2 days ago

This trail is awesome! Very remote. Only one car in the lot when I arrived at 9am. Very minimal foot traffic if you’re looking for some distance. The trail has a lot of down trees and some good snowy parts but nothing unmanageable. Most of the hard work is in the first mile of the hike, but once it levels out it’s incredibly peaceful. The view of the mountain was breathtaking.

hiking
3 days ago

This is a great hike late may , last time I hiked it was August 2019 , it was very hot and lots of biting fly’s.. today was wonderful hiking in snow was fun. Just need to be sure footed !

Awesome route. View from the top is breathtaking (we did go on a sunny day). No issues with parking or access, just some snow left (~1/3rd of a mile of walking across snow but totally fine with hiking boots).

hiking
muddy
snow
7 days ago

Arrived at 9 and managed to get the last parking spot at the trailhead. There was quite a bit of slushy snow at about the mile mark after the switchbacks which may melt off in the next couple of warm days. (My 10 month old pup's first snow and she freaked out!) After the snow, the trail levels off and it was so blissfully quiet and I only ran into 4 people going up including a nice older man who directed me to the trail that would lead to the top of Bald Mountain. It was covered in snow and would have been really easy to miss. This incline was the steepest of the hike but very short. The view was absolutely amazing and would highly recommend for those looking for a good day hike close to Portland. Lots of trillium, avalanche and glacier lilies and oregon anemone's. Huckleberries have fruited and with the sun ahead should be ready soon! Hiking down around 11:00, I saw three people but the parking lot was full and there were around 5 people gearing up to hike in. If you're trying to socially distance- the earlier the better. Whole hike took about three hours.

hiking
21 days ago

Last 2.5 miles of road inaccessible, covered in >10 inches of snow.

Trail still had a lot of snow in early May

Hiked on 5/7/20. Trail was relatively clear. There was one place the first 100 yards of the trail that had several trees to climb over. The trail is NOT CLEAR OF SNOW YET. Currently the snowline is about 1/2 mile shy of the zig zag lookout. Still a beautiful trail.

backpacking
snow
25 days ago

Completed in early May 2020. Still lots of snow above 4800 ft on South side of mountain, down to about 4200 on North side. Saw only a few people. Trail is impossible to follow in snow, so make sure you have a good GPS system, map, compass, etc. Cast Creek Trail was not well maintained with lots of fallen logs, etc., but was still manageable.

E Lolo pass road is snowed out a little less than a mile from trailhead. Whole trail is snow with several paths walked through. Hard to follow at times. Many of the areas on the side of the hill are a slant of snow that can make snowshoeing hard. Microspikes might have been easier. Foggy so not much view.

Closed for COVID

The view of Mt. Hood and the river canyon way below is one of the most picturesque of the mountain from any angle.

2/28/20 Gate closed to trailhead. Parked and walked extra half mile or so to trailhead. Stopped about 1.5 miles from end due to blowdown on a narrow stretch of trail on hillside with slick foot of snow or so.

muddy
over grown
3 months ago

schön und ruhig.

hiking
3 months ago

Description is pretty accurate. Trail was pretty wet with melting snow, but no issues crossing a few streams. Will likely go back and explore up the Zigzag trail when the weather warms up.

With current snow conditions this trail head is unreachable

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
washed out
4 months ago

Super fun beautiful trail. At the start of January it was empty. Difficulty level moderate though first 0.7 miles moderate/hard. This is because with the snow fall higher up, the path changes into a running stream. The trail also changes into really deep pools of water and you need to work hard to make your way around them. It's easy to give up what with the soaked and slipper forest bed and all the water. But if you push on it's worth it. Higher up the snow really starts. A lot of it is slush snow so be prepared to get wet. But my wife and dog and I really enjoyed this somewhat challenging hike. We parked our car next to the closed gate to the camp and did not walk across it but walked another back road to the start of the trail, following the map in the All Trails app. Finding the trail start was easy peasy. We'll come back for summer walk! Oh and the Still Creek is beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this hike Saturday, November 23rd. This was like the last nice day before all the snow hit. There were about 10 cars in the “lot” when I arrived at 11am but the trail didn’t seem crowded at all. There were lots of obstructed views of Hood for the first half mile or so. Got to see Mt Adams too which was awesome. The first awesome view of Hood is about 1.7 miles in. When I got to the trail map when all the trails split I didn’t know which trail to take for “Bald Mountain” so I opted for the Muddy Fork one since the app map looked to go that way. The Top Spur one was my other choice but I wasn’t going to do both. The Muddy Fork trail just kept going and the views were amazing but I stopped once I hit about 4 miles in and turned back. I didn’t have service so I couldn’t check the app to see how much farther it went. Highly recommended and wasn’t tough at all! A kid could easily do it especially if you turned back after the first great view!

Hiked this trail on a weekday in mid November. Trail is in great condition. Did not see any other hikers on the trail or at the parking lot at the trailhead. First mile and a half or so is moderately steep switchbacks. After that the trail is pretty flat through the woods with glimpses of Mt Hood and Mt Adams. Once on the Timberline Trail you see a fantastic view of Mt Hood. Took about 3 hours out and back. Highly recommend!

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
private property
washed out
6 months ago

Crowded, we need another plague. Very beautiful though.

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