Explore the most popular views 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
1 day ago

Beautiful shady hike through the forest. I loved the babbling of the creek through the first section. Even though the map makes it look like a partial loop it really is an out and back—the shortcut trail doesn’t exist that we could tell.

On a clear day this might be a 5 star hike. For us it was partly cloudy so Mt Hood was obscured, which made the lake at the end a little underwhelming. Also there were a ton of mosquitoes up there. Definitely recommend going on a blue sky day.

I’d rate this as moderate rather than hard—carried a baby up and did the whole thing in 3.5 hours including lunch up at the lake, and it was not too hard.

hiking
2 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
2 days ago

Long 19.4 mile day that would have been better if there was no biting flies. You couldn’t stop to rest without being swarmed.

hiking
3 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
3 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
3 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.

Definitely a great trail. We hiked in then camped for the night and hiked out in a very casual 25 hours starting at about noon on a Saturday.

Its not blazed but sufficiently worn in that you cannot get lost. Its very clean too! I usually find tons of other people's trash on trails (including well-intended doggie poop bags) - but this was very clean.

The incline is steady and not easy, but very do-able if you're in relative shape.

My girlfriend and I did this on the weekend during one of the hot days in summer and once we reached the lake we had swarms of mosquitos, gnats and flies to greet us. Repellant is a must.

If you plan on drinking the purified lake water, I suggest using filtration because its a little foamy near the shore.

For what its worth, everyone was making pit fires. I had the impression that there was a fire ban pretty much everywhere right now, but we weren't arrested :)

hiking
4 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
4 days ago

Started at the end of Road 27, up to the lake and a bit past then back. It was quite overgrown for around 50% of the trail and pretty buggy after 5pm. Pretty strenuous on the way back up from the lake but other than that it's gradually uphill. Choice views are limited.

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
5 days ago

Bring bug spray.

hiking
5 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
8 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.

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

hiking
9 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.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked 7/8/18. Very crowded up to Ramona Falls, but then cleared out with only a few seen. Went through an amazing series of meadows full of avalanche lillies. Most of the hike was in the woods with little visibility of landscape but last mile it breaks open into meadows and views of St Helen’s, Adams, Rainier, and of course Hood’s peak another 4000 or feet up. The trail just sort of petered out at the top, hidden still in some snow fields, so we didn’t track all the way to the end of AllTrails’ map line. Legs were smoked by the end of our 19.3 mile trek, and I would allow full day with lots of water. I give it four stars because or the sheer amount of work required through woods before finally getting payoff at the end.

backpacking
10 days ago

Well worth the climb! Beautiful sweeping vista views of the foothills of Mt. Hood, as well as the Cascades to the North! Sunsets are magnificent from this viewpoint! Little tough on the legs, but that keeps the majority of the crowds away.

Nice hike with Mt Hood Views. I started this hike at 8:45am on a Sunday and only saw a few backpackers on their way out on my way to the lake. The trail is well maintained and easy for the first 2/3. Site C has great views of Mt Hood, but I heard from some campers that the mosquitos are terrible right now. I passed many people on my way out and there were cars all along the road so go early to avoid crowds.

The majority of this hike is in the forest but you’ll reach a clearing about 8.5 miles in with amazing views of Mt. Hood. As you continue along the trail you’ll also enjoy views of Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Adams. The payoff is well worth the long distance. Start early to beat the crowds headed to Ramona Falls.

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

12 days ago

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

hiking
12 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
12 days ago

hiking
13 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.

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