Explore the most popular nature trips 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
3 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike to a stunning, cascading waterfall. probably best to AVOID WHEN RAINING you have to cross a river and The logs get very slippery....slipped and sprained my ankle...but,still worth it! Lol

I’ve done this hike a few times. The falls are beautiful and peaceful, perhaps the most spectacular on the mountain. Take your time enjoy a snack at the falls and snap a few photos on the bridge. Make the loop to see the rocky cliffs and walk along the stream. The only tricky part is crossing the Sandy River, but there are usually big logs and a couple of options for crossing.

This was incredible. Got there really early (about 6:30am) on Saturday. Literally no one else there for whole hike. The falls are beautiful and the rocks beard Ramona creek are stunning.

Hiked this trail on a weekend with some friends. It is much busier than a weekday, so try your best to get to the trailhead before 8:30 AM. Also, if you can, try to hike it on a clear day. There's so much more to see.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail with a beautiful waterfall. Oregon at its best.

Despite seeing on the park website Lolo Pass Rd is open, you are diverted to another road and as the previous reviewer stated, will hang left at the fork. Lots of bumps in the road! Parking is just past the PCT marker to your right. Trail starts flat but quickly starts gaining elevation. You have about 1.5 miles of steady elevation before things flatten out. You will come to a viewpoint of Hood and a valley, but this is not nearly the end of the trail! You keep on through a dense yet spaced forest after filling out your permit and continue on Timberline. Once you see a clearing you'll come up on a view of the valley and then Hood around the bend. Quite beautiful and a good workout.

hiking
14 days ago

arrived at the trail head early afternoon and the parking lot was full so waited till there was less cars and then got on the trail. saw a few groups at the start but was quiet the rest of the way. the walk is enjoyable and the falls are sweet! definitely do this counter clockwise.

hiking
17 days ago

This was a very nice hike through the Mt Hood Forest. We encountered only a few hikers on the trail even though it was Labor Day and weather was wonderful. Although it is rated as a "moderate" hike, my husband (with two new knees about a year from surgery) was able to manage the terrain fairly well. There were areas of dabbled sunlight and low to moderate underbrush with a few clearings for a sunburst or two on our journey. The creek bed we crossed was dry and the trail was relatively sturdy. The foliage consisted of a variety of plant life from Trillium, huckleberry, Oregon grape, Salal to Cedar, Vine Maple, Deer, Sword and Bracken fern. Although there was a crossroad in the trail there was no signage so we where not quite sure which way to go but it made no difference to us since we needed to return in the same direction we came. We plan to try it again as the seasons change to enjoy its new beauty with the changing colors and environment. This trail is a good choice for solitude without an extremely difficult trek. Parking is limited if you start from the Stillcreek trailhead off of road 12 and there are a lot of pot holes in the road to get there. Well worth the trip.

If you approach from 26, the road is closed but the detour will get you right to the trailhead. When it gets to the fork in the gravel road, go left (right is Top Spur). Much of the approach is in the forest, but the views of Mt. Hood at the end are worth it! No problem with bugs, a couple parts of the trail are a little bit overgrown so I was happy to be in long pants.

backpacking
18 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Gradual climb. Lots and lots of campsites. Good Eagle Creek substitute.

I highly recommend this hike. tree tunnel w river almost the whole time. 2 hours in the trail will open to a ridge with the river down below. gorgeous. this is the best Oregon hiking in my opinion.

First half of the trail (to the falls) is alright, seemed really long, way longer than the trip back. Some good scenery, but again, second half is way more scenic. The crossing of the Sandy is a little cumbersome with a dog. Our 75 pound pit mix had some trouble, but eventually made it (both times, you have to cross twice) but it took some coaxing and some help on my husband and I’s part. If you have a bigger dog be warned, it might take some work to get your pup across.

Beautiful views! Busy but not too crowded on Labor Day weekend. We saw maybe a dozen other people, but we had the viewpoints to ourselves. A portion of Lolo Pass Road is closed but the detour will take you right to the trailhead.

No idea where the 7 miles came from but it’s around 11. No black flies yesterday which was a bonus

hiking
19 days ago

Simple starter hike. Lush forests as far as the eye can see. Park by your the old bridge, room for three cars. Enjoy!

Beautiful trail. Just enough of an incline without making it too challenging. It was a bit cloudy today, so we couldn't see the tops of the mountains most of the time, but still an amazing hike!

This hike is what hiking in Oregon is all about. I’m still in awe with how beautiful, challenging, and centring it was to do alone. The parking lot is incredible easy to get to, but this hike is NOT 7.7 miles if you go the accessible way—by not using the climbing trail. My total was 10.7 miles on the trail, and they were all wonderful. There are plenty of hikers around, so if you have any issues, ask others for help! Finally, be sure to pack layers—because it can be cold at the top. According to my watch, it was 39 degrees at McNeil point. Otherwise, enjoy this incredible hike that will offer really stunning landscapes and geographies, even when it’s cloudy.

nice hike, liked the falls and the views of the Hood. would have given 5 stars. if there was a better place to cross the Sandy.

hiking
23 days ago

This is a beautiful hike up to the base of Mt. Hood. The trail takes one over two small waterfalls, though small alpine lakes, and past a rushing snow melt stream. On a clear day, one can see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. The shelter at McNeil Point is a great place to stop for lunch and take in the view. Taking the Bald Mountain option (right at the first fork option on the map) is highly recommended for amazing views of Mt. Hood and its valleys. When we went in July there were plenty of wildflowers blooming, as well. This is a great hike to experience the Mt. Hood National Forest and views of prominent peaks in the Cascade Range.

The Top Spur Trailhead has some parking, but make sure to get there early. We arrived around 6:30 AM on a Saturday and it was already starting to fill up. We finished up around noon, and biting flies had come out. Start early to avoid most of the bugs. The trail is very accessible for dogs and consists mostly of rooty soil. This trail is very steep in some segments. At the 3 mile mark, the right fork is a very steep scramble to McNeil Point. We chose to take the more gradual left fork as an out and back instead of a loop.

With this hike being through National Forest, make sure to have the proper recreation permit. This trail head does not have a fee drop box, but Northwest Forest day passes can be purchased online and printed at home.

hiking
24 days ago

Late morning hike. Had to cut it short because I needed to get back to PDX. Very pretty, very clearly marked. Interesting topography and soil. Much more arid and sandy than any other hike I've been on in Oregon. Worth the drive. Tuesday is a very quiet day on the trail.

By far, the falls and the first mile heading back down the loop from the falls is the best part of this trail! We came up from the right of the falls and scenery was okay, however once we crossed the bridge in front of the falls and started walking down the loop to the left, the trail became gorgeous for the next mile down. You do have to
cross the Sandy river about a mile from the parking lot. There is no bridge but there are sturdy large logs that are used for crossing, but can be intimidating. Although the trail itself is relatively flat, hiking boots helped a lot just for the traction. The 7 mile RT intimidated me, but we did it in about a 3 hour trip bc it's so flat and wasn't hard to get up quickly.

hiking
25 days ago

Probably the best around the Mt. Hood. You won't regret. Rewarding. The hike does not end at the shelter. Goes up to the ridge. Did it at the end of June with remaining snow up there. Met only one couple on the way down. I recommend the steep way up (counter clockwise). If hiking in snow - be careful on the ridge.

Easy trail to follow! Loop goes up to the waterfall and then back down.

The only problem I had with this trail is its description as “dog friendly.” Sure, it’s dog friendly if you can carry your dog or they’re small and nimble enough to cross the log over the glacial stream. If you have a bigger dog, that log will give you some trouble.

Someone else told me they went down the stream a little bit to a thicker log. I coaxed mine (75 lbs) onto the more obvious log and half held him up by the harness while crossing. Other than that, great trail!

Very solid trail. Be mindful that in the winter time the rangers will clear out the log bridge to cross the Sandy River, therefore unless you are a seasoned hiker and don't mind getting a little wet, you shouldn't cross with out the log bridges. Hike this in the summer so the log bridge is there. Cool stuff to check out all along the hike. 6.8 total if you do the loop. Don't be a cherry picker and go strait to the falls, take a left turn and hike the pacific crest trail for about .5 miles and then turn up to the Falls.

hiking
26 days ago

by far my favorite hike so far this year. beautiful scenery once you get up in elevation. trail gets a bit narrow at points and have to cross a river over logs in the beginning but the over hike was awesome, will definitely be doing this hike again! but a warning bring a day pass! there's none there or near by.

Great hike. Views are amazing but it takes a while to see anything at all.

Backpacked to about the 2 mile mark and set up camp. Super easy hike but THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FOREST. There were many lovely camping spots as well before you reach the Salmon Huckleberry wilderness area, but they taper off quickly after you reach the wilderness area. I got stung a few times but other than that, the bugs were minimal. The next morning I hiked to the view points. Not really sure what the end goal was supposed to be so I stopped there. Just before the wilderness area there is a bridge over the sweetest creek. I had a great time hiking up this creek to find the loveliest quit little views. I totally recommend it.

hiking
1 month ago

Our family of 4 completed this hike today and loved it (about 3.5 hours including a 20 min lunch). It wasn't very difficult, very pretty and the return trail on the lollipop was definitely our favorite. The falls have a unique look which was very nice. The round trip distance with my GPS watch was 6.87 miles from the trailhead. Also you must get a day pass from town, you can't get it at the trailhead. Loved it!

Good out and back hike. Did on a Saturday starting around 1:00 pm. With lunch and some river time we were back to the car at about 5:15 pm. The hike up until the trailhead is pretty easy and although the ascent to the bluffs is a bit steep, it's not so bad. The bluffs are a great lunch spot, and we didn't go much further than that. The best spots to go down to the river are early in the trail and it was great to dip our toes into on the way back. There were no bugs except a few bees around the bluffs, but they didn't bother us much. Heads up though - there were apparently a few break-ins today so make sure to not leave any valuables in your car!

Solid incline through burned forest which had allowed beautiful floral growth. Incredible views of Hood, and in clear day Adams and Hamilton.

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