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Went on a Wednesday afternoon and wasn't too crowded. Started at 3 and was back to my car at 6:30. I had my Golden Retriever with me so we stopped a few times for him to cool off in the creek. Would definitely recommend going left at the fork if hiking with a dog, lots of water. Coming back the other way around the loop the trail is completely dry. My dog is a strong swimmer, but crossing the river made me pretty nervous. Current was much stronger and deeper than it appeared. Overall an afternoon well spent!

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
7 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.

Great hike. The river crossing was relatively easy. Beautiful Hood view at that spot. If you go left after the river to make it a loop, it's definitely longer. So if you want a (slightly) shorter option, stay right. The falls are really cool - very pretty.

hiking
8 days ago

Bring bug spray.

hiking
8 days ago

Large parking lot that was pretty full by 12 pm. Not that much scenery on the trail but the waterfall made up for it.

Awesome views, on the easy side of moderate. Crossing the creek is somewhat difficult, but there are many logs to cross on.

the bridge is washed out and I wouldn't recommend taking dogs. unless they can walk across trees to cross the water.

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

on Ramona Falls Trail

hiking
12 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! The waterfall more than makes up for the almost constant uphill approach.
It seems like everyone prefers Ramona Falls trail #797 over PCT especially on the approach. The problem is the signage on the trail. At the 3-way junction where the loop part starts (about a mile from the parking lot and after you cross the river) we thought we were going on Ramona Falls Trail if we go straight because the arrows were pointing that way. Not so. You have to turn left. I've uploaded a few pics of the junction and the signage.

hiking
12 days ago

On the border of easy to moderate but very pretty hike!

hiking
13 days ago

awesome hike, pretty views.. i would say the more on the easy side of moderate. only challenge is crossing the river but it’s low enough right now it wasn’t an issue.

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!

on Ramona Falls Trail

15 days ago

good hike. get there early on the weekend. beautiful views and scenery.

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.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

This was our first hike in Mt. Hood National Park. It did not disappoint. The falls were magical and the trail was beautiful in every way. I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone!

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
19 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

A fun hike with a beautiful waterfall. the river crossing was fun but do-able.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful Hike! I took the Pacific Coast Trail up to the falls then the Ramona Falls Trail #797 back. I the Ramona Falls Trail was so much prettier than the Pacific Coast Trail. I would skip the Pacific Coast Trail and just take the Ramona Falls Trail to the top and back. That’s just my opinion. Crossing the river was no biggie at all.

hiking
20 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.

The most beautiful waterfall I've ever seen! Great hike!!!

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