Explore the most popular birding trails near Rhododendron with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

On the way up we stayed right to Bald Mountain and could see all of Mt Hood before taking the shortcut trail back to the main trail. Did the loop at the end clockwise up to the point. The descent from the peak is quite steep for the first 1/2 mile as the elevation drop is 1000ft, with a little scree. Phenomenal views all around.

hiking
6 days ago

this hike was spectacular, by far the most rewarding hike i’ve done in oregon. was a bit of an ass kicker though! have to go all the way to the top and do the little loop. the views are unreal. only down side was the flies were REALLY bad at the bottom portion, but they don’t bite. enjoy!

backpacking
6 days ago

Started from the Top Spur trailhead Saturday afternoon around 2PM and started hiking to McNeil point to camp for the night as our goal. We soon encountered the worst swarming of »BITING« flies I have ever experienced in my life. They were unrelenting and unphased by bug repellent. The entirety of the Top Spur trail and the short section of the PCT you hike for a second and the Timberline Trail as well was completely plagued by the pests. It wasn’t until we got above tree line on the McNeil Point trail did we find any respite. If not, we would’ve definitely bailed. The flies didn’t seem as bad coming back down which could’ve been due to our faster pace because they still did swarm if we stopped or slowed down at all.

Oh! And to top it all off when we got back to the trailhead we discovered our car had been broken into and everything, even just stupid stuff had been ripped off— yay...

Really too bad about the flies and the theft because McNeil Point is beautiful and we enjoyed a rather spectacular sunset and time above treeline. However, I don’t think I’ll be coming back to do this trail again anytime soon because of the flies on the approach and the criminal acts of others.

Incredible hike except for flies on lower part. Views were amazing and you must go to the end up to McNeil Point. So close to Mt. Hood.

backpacking
7 days ago

Got to the trailhead Saturday afternoon around 2PM and started hiking to McNeil point to spend the night as our goal. We soon encountered the worst swarming of »BITING« flies I have ever experienced in my life. They were unrelenting and unphased by bug repellent. The entirety of the Top Spur trail was completely plagued by the pests. It wasn’t until we got above tree line on the McNeil Point trail did we find any respite. If not, we would’ve definitely bailed. The flies didn’t seem as bad coming back down the trail which could’ve been due to our faster pace because they still did swarm if we stopped or slowed down at all.

Oh! And to top it all off when we got back to the trailhead we discovered our car had been broken into and everything, even just stupid stuff had been ripped off— yay...

Don’t think I’ll be coming back to do this trail again anytime soon.

hiking
7 days ago

The bridge on road 20 is closed. Had to backtrack to highway 26 take still creek road to road 12 approx 5 miles the trailhead was clearly defined. A bit tough for toddlers but a nice hike.

hiking
8 days ago

Bring bug spray.

Great view! A bit of walking in the trees but ends with a perfect view worth the walk.

Highly recommend this hike! Elevation gain wasn’t too bad, the views of Mt. Hood were incredible! Not highly trafficked, there was a little traffic at the 4 trail junction but not terrible. The 4 trail junction was a little tricky but there is a large map that shows you the way. Great trail, I will definitely do again!

Great trail! Just make sure to pick up a Day recreational pass from the store before the salmon river turn-off. Well worth the drive!

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing hike!! Some of the most majestic views of Mt. Hood I’ve seen yet! Total trail was over ten miles and it was an ass kicker but so worth it.

Road 27, which turns into Zig Zag Mtn road, is pretty rough and would recommend a high clearance vehicle. There’s a couple really muddy parts so 4x4 helps too. Took about 40 minutes to get up the mountain to the trailhead. There was only one other truck at the top. The trail head for Burnt Lake starts at the back of the parking lot, there isn’t really a sign. And the free permit station is about 1/5 mile up the trail. The trail starts really wide but gets narrow and overgrown. It’s all very green! A couple switchbacks but it’s mostly a gradual climb to the top of the ridge that meets Zig Zag trail. Great view of Mt Hood on the Ridge! Then a windy/steep decent to burnt lake. It was pretty crowded and we ended up pitching out tent in a day use area since all the camping sites were full. Lots of mosquitos! And seems like good fishing. Second day we hiked to Cast Lake. Less people and less mosquitos. Had fun watching the crawdads in the Lake. Third day we took the Devil’s Tie trail but since it was downhill it wasn’t bad, and then burnt Lake trail back to the truck.

hiking
18 days ago

Truly a gem of a trail. Avalanche lilies, trillium, other wildflowers and especially bear grass everywhere. Stunning views of Hood's imposing NW face reveal themselves at 2 or 3 spots until it's there for good at the shelter. We continued up past it (the regular end of the trail) on a very steep, no-switchback trail along the ridge to a promontory overlooking Glisan Glacier and a spectacular, looming view of Mt Hood. Exhausting, but worth it.
All the notes about deep potholes on 1528 are true - drive slowly.

hiking
19 days ago

Favorite trail in Oregon! It has it all! The views: Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier while constantly seeing the glory of Hood itself. Forrest, meadows, ponds, lakes, streams, glaciers, tree trunks to climb over, rock piles to scramble on, mud, dirt and even snow! At the summit point the old rock shelter created a setting to sit, relax and marvel at the magnificence called Nature. #amazed #hiking #rvlife #YOLO #nature #dateday❤️

We went on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, and the parking lot was full when we finished (we were the 2nd ones on the trail that morning)

A few notes:
1. mark your GPS before turning into Lolo Pass because otherwise you’ll likely get lost on the way to the TH. lots of potholes, but if you go slow you can get around them.
2. Bring trekking poles if snow is still on ground. The snow is fun with poles ... can’t imagine doing that much snow without them.
3. Download the AllTrails map so that you don’t get lost on the trail. For some of the actual trail we had great service (Verizon), but not always.
4. Several people had to ask us directions as there are a few not well marked turn offs. Know your route.
5. Have fun - this is a marvelous hike!

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful trail, great views. Take an actual trail map to help find the way for a great summer hike. The road to the Top Spur trailhead from Hood River was rough, and when we reached the parking area all of the vehicles were low to the ground 4-door cars — no SUVs — the drive is doable. From Top Spur trail head, the trail ends in a T, take a right. There is a large trail sign with a permit box, go to the right, uphill on the Timberline trail. After passing a few vistas with great views and hearing back into the pine forest, look for the cut off trail and take a left over the short ridge to find the Timberline trail — turn right and continue to McNeil Point.

Beautiful hike! This is my perfect kind of hike - beautiful trees and wildflowers plus stunning mountain views, not too difficult or far. When we went past Mt Hood and back into the woods, we ended up turning around and going back from where we came so we could look at Hood some more :) We drove in from Portland-area and the road had a ton of potholes but not too bad. However the route back down going towards Hood River was pretty intense. There was one gap in the road so wide my car had to go around it (couldn't go over it) and we were half off the road on just a little sliver. Scary. But we and the car survived and it was beautiful all around!

This was my second time doing this hike and it did not disappoint! We had an incredible cloud-free view of Mt Hood surrounded by gorgeous wild flowers. I brought my pup and he loved every second of this hike.

The road leading up to the trail head is pretty nice, but there are a few big pot holes to watch out for!

This is a quick way to spectacular views. Continue on to McNeil Point if you have the time.

My wife and I did this hike yesterday and both thought it was absolutely awesome! Beautiful and serene views from the top of Bald Mountain, very secluded, and the hike through the forest is gorgeous. Keep and eye out for deer. No snow on the trail.

Beautiful and unique hike with great views of the mountain! The avalanche lilies are in full bloom through the burned area right now (6/29) and are absolutely gorgeous. A few portions of Lolo Pass road are very rough with deep holes across the entire width of the road and large rocks, so I wouldn't recommend driving up in a vehicle with low clearance. As of 6/29 the upper portion of the trail is still covered in snow in places and can be challenging to follow without a gps, but it looks like it should be melted in a few more weeks. We did have phone service on most of the trail, so we were able to use the gps on our phones to follow the trail. If you choose to continue onward, be prepared to trek over sloped snow fields, which can be a bit slippery. We were able to cross them without any special gear, but it was challenging in places. Make sure you wear good waterproof boots for the snow, and trekking poles might not be a bad idea either. If you are able, I would recommend taking a little extra time to continue onto the Timberline trail and make the short trek to Dollar Lake. The cutoff to the lake was hard to find in the snow, even with a gps, but well worth it.

hiking
24 days ago

The trailhead is fairly easy to find... just turn in to camp creek camp ground off of highway 26 and then take a left, the trailhead is right down there at the bridge. Great hike!

Epic views, wildflower explosion, the best Oregon summers have to offer!

Beautiful little hike along the river - great for an out and back one night backpacking trip. Would recommend setting up camp within the first couple miles and then continuing on the trail sans pack for some gorgeous views. Once you leave the river around mile two, camping options very sparse for this short option trip, but hiking up the hill is well worth the effort for some spectacular views and great cardio.

Beautiful trail. This is a must hike. Beware though the road going to the trail is riddled with potholes and just barely fits two cars, probably want to keep your headlights on for safety. The last mile or more is gravel and fits one car with all the potholes. The trailhead is easy to see. There is still a lot of snow where the loop begins, I did not finish the trail because of the steep drop offs in the snow and sounded like there was going to be a gushing stream crossing and snow, but still clocked in 11.6miles. Also beware that at no point on the trail are there any signs that say mcneil point. The signs are sparse. There are also a lot of downed trees at the beginning of the mcneil trail that you need to climb or shimmy over. Cairn basin/timberline is the trail you want to take for mcneil point loop trail. I took an unmarked trail in the beginning and it added 7+ miles to my trip. Lots of bugs on the trail right now so put on your big spray before you hit the trail, every part of the trail the bugs were on me like glue. When I got to the waterfall viewpoint I put my bugspray on and at least they weren't buzzing in my ear like they were before! Hiked for 5.5hrs today. Didn't see a soul until I was heading down the trail around 11am. 5 people on the trail, 4 in the parking area and 6 heading up in their vehicles. So glad I went around 4:30am on 6/18/18

Amazing hike. It was a great work out for my family of 5 and I. My 12 years old son did great even thought this hike was tuff for all of us.

Things you must know. We had a hard time finding this trail. The dirrections took us at the begening of TOP SPUR trail ( witch is an other trail) with no indications for Mc Neil point trail.
You just need to start on that trail Top Spur trail and wen you come up to a big white sign after a mile or so. You take the TIMBERLINE trail on the left going down for a bit then up the all way to Mc neil point. . We went in mid june and we still had the walk on top of many snow patches. The day was splendid and once you get past the forest and the clearing open up on a spectacular view of the Mt hood, it only gets better from there all the way up to Mc Neil point where you will find a shelter made of stone. The view is breath takeing. If it is a clear day, you will see Mt st Adam, Mt st Helene, Mt rainier and Mt Hood very clearly.
We did not find many signs to help us, mostly we followed trails and foot prints. The all hike took about 7 h maybe more? So worth it!!
Marjolaine (from France)

Took my first trip here on 6/15/18. The trail is fairly easy to navigate, however there are some downed trees that require a little bit of ducking and climbing over.

hiking
1 month ago

Got chased down this one by a hornet once. A different time I dropped my phone 30 feet down a cliff. 5/5

hiking
1 month ago

As of 6/2/2018 no snow on the road or at trailhead. Some snow on trail about 1/2 mile in but other than that completely dry. Very easy to navigate. I love this hike! Bald Mountain is my favorite hike on Hood because it’s moderately challenging with an intense uphill push at the end. View is breathtaking!

Absolutely beautiful views once you get towards the top- not just Mt Hood, but also Mt St. Helens, Mt Adams, and even Mt Rainier (we had a clear day) However, we just went this past weekend- May 27-and there is still way too much snow to see the trail once you are a few miles in, we got lost from the trail multiple times. Would definitely do this trail again, but wait until at least July or you'll be hiking in feet deep snow

Road is clear to the trailhead as of 5/27. Made it about 2.4 miles in before relinquishing to the snow. You can hike off trail along the ridge to get a bit further but we just kept encountering snow so we turned back and followed the trail back near owl point where we continued again, until we lost the trail to snow. Excited to do it again!

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