Explore the most popular walking 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.

Hardest hike I've done since Yosemite few years back. Highly recommend hiking poles due to the elevation climb; little to no switchbacks on the trail. Note that you need a recreation pass visible in your car at the trailhead, and that there is a registration box a little ways up with a form that needs filled out. Other then the copious amounts of black flies at higher elevations, the hike was amazing. Still got some good views of Mt. Hood even with some smoke haze in the air.

We went left which is the what I would consider the easiest way to go up so you can loop down near the sandy river and avoid going uphill as much.

This was a moderate hike with a gradual ascend up to the lake. I was just up there yesterday and there are sooo many huckleberries along the trail. Too cloudy to see Mt. Hood but still a peaceful and beautiful lake.

Such a beautiful trail. Only saw a few people on a Sunday. Listening to the river made up for my dogs pulling! Not technical. A little rolly. Be back soon!

hiking
4 days ago

It’s definitely easier to get to this through Camp Creek Campground. Go straight until you have to turn right. Follow the road until you get to the bridge on the left. Parking for three vehicles on right directly across from the bridge. We got there about 915am, campers were just stirring. We didn’t see anybody on the out and back portion of the trail. I planned on going out and back, but it ends at a service road and access to the creek. Hung out at the creek a bit then followed the service road to the right because my map showed it went to a path the intersected with the Still Creek path at the halfway point so we followed it. Turned out to be lead to another service road to the right so we followed that. It dead ended at what looks like a camping area that’s fallen into disuse and there the trail ended. We were really close to the Still Creek Trail, so after a few minutes of navigating the underbrush we did pop back into the trail. We didn’t see anybody until that moment, there were a few large family groups going by then. Probably looked a little crazy to them.

The last half of the trail is very narrow next to a ravine, coming back against those large groups would have been interesting. Also the sign at the service road says horses are ok, but I don’t see how. I wouldn’t hike this alone, an accident could easily happen. There’s tons of shade for the sun-sensitive. The service road had no shade. There aren’t any eye-popping flowers or vegetation here, but it’s quiet, and pretty, we could almost always hear the creek. We went through a bottle and half of water. About 36 ounces.

hiking
5 days ago

Not very picturesque. Very long and not entirely safe. There is a water crossing that I wouldn't bring kids or animals through.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike! Falls are gorgeous! Took 2.3 hours. total hike from parking up and around the loop. Going “right” at beginning of trail loop starts you on a steady uphill, not too steep, climb. Enjoy the falls while swatting flies, then downhill all the way back to parking lot. MapMyRun said 8.4 mile for me round trip from parking lot. Crossed river on stable logs

This trail is pretty tough. I left early hoping to beat some of the heat but that didn’t really pan out. I followed the map posted above. When I left the parking lot from the Top Spur trail I headed up a bit to a second junction. Left will take you down the PCT towards Lolo trailhead, right takes you to a nice little head scratcher of a junction (which is where you need to be). After you fill out your permit you can head left and get right into the hike or do what I did and take what I thought was the direct trail - but it’s a side trail- WITH AN EPIC VIEW. This path leads around the side of a ridge and is so worth taking either in your way in or on your way out. This meets up with an trail cut off that put me back on the proper trail that heads up to McNeil. I took the long way round, instead of the questionable looking side trail that ends up taking through quite the scramble (I’ll be honest I didn’t know that was the trail that takes you straight up) I opted to take the slow painful workout that goes along the back side of the ridge. I was better for it, there’s 3-4 water sources which were essential on a day like yesterday. The flies were $&@!?@& terrible. Don’t take your pup unless you have pup shoes, that dirt in direct sunlight can be really tough on them!

easy trailhead to reach with paved roads leading to there. Like others have said its a little steep in the beginning but levels off pretty nicely towards the middle. I went pretty early so the bugs weren't terrible but bring bug spray if your going later in the day. Cool views and a fun drive to do early in the morning.

ATTN: Road is CLOSED and the trailhead is inaccessible. However, I’d love to come back and hike this when it opens up. The drive from Portland wasn’t too bad.

It has been said already, but the flies were swarming in a plague-like manner. We bathed in bug spray (not literally) and it did nothing. They actually seemed to enjoy it!
We unfortunately misunderstood the kind woman at the visitor's center when she told us about this (in her words) "multi-generational, multi-skill-level, easy hike to amazing views!" Well, not great for my 70-year-old in-laws, and no views on the Top Spur trail...have to continue on to the significantly longer Timberline trail for that.
Definitely a low point in our week-long adventure to the Pacific Northwest.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike with a wonderful waterfall! Views of Mt Hood were outstanding. I was a little worried about crossing the Sandy River but the water level was fairly low. We crossed on a log which spanned the river. It was a fairly gradual uphill to the waterfall- mostly downhill on the way back to the parking lot.
I highly recommend taking the Ramona Creek loop trail. The views of the creek and the vegetation were beautiful.

trail running
11 days ago

Google maps took us from Hood River, up over the ranges to get to the trail head. This required driving up some gravel/dirt roads with large potholes.

Several 4 wheels drives urged us to turn back, but we persevered. Fortunately we did not get wedged on top of the mountain and made to up to the start of the trail.

I would recommend taking the highway if you do not have something at least as big as an SUV.

The trail itself was quite good. A gradual incline the whole way up to the falls. Challenging to run, with some narrow sections where it is difficult to pass walkers, without pausing and waiting.

Easy decent. The waterfall is impressive in height, but lacking in water at this time of year. With no swimming hole at the base.

Dog friendly.

hiking
11 days ago

Easy hike, elevation gain is very minimal. Great views along various points of the trail. Glacial river was low this time of year. Would recommend going when the glacial river is high if you want a more adventurous river crossing and hike.

hiking
11 days ago

This is a hard trail. Very rewarding views. Flies are horrible! We did the rock side down and it was really difficult. A scramble that never seemed to end.

Beautiful falls!! I would recommend going clockwise to the falls and probably going back that same way. It follows the creek, and has more shade, so it is cooler. Also I think the insects are lighter. I hiked the full loop at the end of July and killed ALOT of flies that landed on me. The insects dust seem to be as bad on the way back down along the creek though.

hiking
12 days ago

I LOVED this hike! The views are amazing, you just need to look at the map and choose the right trail! So scary on the side of the mountain, but worth the views of Mt Hood!

hiking
13 days ago

Went to Oregon on vacation and wanted to explore the Mt. Hood area. Based on the reviews and everything from multiple sites, I decided on this trail. However, was disappointed for many reasons.
1. the flies were so bad, I thought it was one of the plagues.
2. there is NO scenic views of Mt. Hood.
3. this was the harder than moderate.
After completing Top Spur, we ended up taking Timberline Loop which seemed longer than listed on this app. The views of Mt Hood from the Timberline Trail were gorgeous though. Highly recommend that trail

hiking
13 days ago

Truly beautiful all the way, pct loop is magical, and wasn't that busy even on a Saturday afternoon! Toilet hasn't been serviced in a while, bring your own tp.

hiking
14 days ago

Such a great trail to a gorgeous waterfall! We were one of only about ten or so cars when we arrived at 10:00 am so we had the trail pretty much to ourselves. The Sandy River crossing was not a problem— there’s a sturdy log with another one nearby to hold on to. Gorgeous view of Mt Hood from the crossing! My friend and I went the “long way” (stayed to the north side of the lollipop) both ways because it was shadier on this hot day. It brought our mileage up a bit, but we stayed cooler. I’m definitely coming back!

camping
15 days ago

unbelievably gorgeous!!

hiking
16 days ago

Very enjoyable hike. Log made the river crossing easy. FYI... flys got really bad about half way up!! If you stop you’ll get swarmed. More of a nuisance then anything else. Falls where beautiful and super refreshing.

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked it on 7/29. Enjoyed the flowers and the amazing beautiful views. Didn't have any issues driving a Prius slowly through the potholes. Flies are still there. They're everywhere and they do bite. As soon as you stop, they swarm you. Some of us accidentally swallowed some. Bug repellents with DEET or Picadirin didn't help at all. Someone please report when they're no longer there, so we can go back and enjoy the hike fly-free.

This trail was amazing. Lightly trafficked, hardly saw anyone. But so many bugs! We were constantly hitting them away and off of us, make sure you have bug repellant. However, I’m not sure if it would even work. The beginning of the climb is a little hard, and the end once you make the ten up to bald mountain is kind of steep. However the whole middle part is pretty flat and easy. It was a pretty hike and worth all the bugs for the view at the end.

hiking
20 days ago

This is a very nice hike through beautiful woods. Shady on a hot day, with a nice creekside picnic spot at the end.
The AllTrails directions make getting to the trailhead more difficult than necessary. Just go to the Camp Creek campground just off Hwy 26 about Milepost 47. In the campground, take a right past campsites to a bridge, which is the trailhead, on the left over Camp Creek. Parking (for about 3 cars) on the right. on the right

hiking
20 days ago

Went Monday morning- got there around 9:50, there were already several cars in the lot, but the trail wasn't overly busy. The wknd must've been a busy one, as the outhouses were LOADED and out of TP. (Ha! Pun intended). Thankfully I didn't have to go! The trail itself is great. Crossing the river seemed fairly easy, and I prefer taking the PCT (to the left once u come to a fork in the road after crossing the river) to go to the falls. It was more picturesque with the creek and the cliffs. The Ramona trail was more out in the open and not as pretty imo. The bugs were TERRIBLE at the falls though. Couldn't really sit and enjoy the view, as you were too busy swatting away biting bugs!!! BLECH!!! But still a beautiful hike to the falls and the falls are definitely worth seeing!

trail running
20 days ago

Hiked/ran this on 7/22. Beautiful views and forest. Started at 8:30. I recommend doing the top loop counterclockwise. We did it clockwise and going down was tough on the steeper section. If you go all the way the McNeil point, it's around 10 miles total (not 7.7). Lots of flies in the lower forest on our way down around noon.

hiking
21 days ago

The drive up to the falls isn’t too bad. A few potholes here and there, but my Honda Civic made it through no problem. The hike itself is not too strenuous, just A LOT of flies / bees that literally harass you like you owe them something. Very beautiful views on the way up and once at the falls, there’s multiple spots to hang out and cool off. Very shaded and breezy- even on a hot day (it was around 88 when I went). The river crossing isn’t hard whatsoever. The logs are thick and there’s even a make shift “railing” to hold on to.

hiking
21 days ago

My friend and I both loved this hike and it's the best I've ever been on. The drive up isn't too bad, but like previous reviews have said, drive slow and watch for potholes. We took a MINI Clubman up to the trailhead and had no problems, but if you aren't paying attention, or if you're going too fast you will bottom out in lower clearance vehicles. The bugs were pretty bad, and you will have to deal with them for multiple miles of wooded trail, but most of them didn't bite. We were using 40% deet and it didn't deter the flies in the slightest. Picadarin would probably be a better alternative. The trail is definitely rough, I wouldn't consider myself to be in the best shape, but I did it with a few breaks for pictures and snacks along the way. It took us about 3:15 to the top and 2:25 back down. The view is definitely worth it! Words honestly can't express such sights. 5/5 would definitely do battle with armies of flies again.

This hike was amazing! The views were incredible, and although a fair elevation gain, it never felt too strenuous. The drive up Lolo Pass Road was 99% paved and easy. Traffic on the trail was light. The wildflowers are out and beautiful! We initially missed the turnoff to the summit of Bald Mountain (worth noting the short sprint to the summit is probably the steepest climb, but tolerable since it’s short), and walked a ways on the Timberline Trail before we realized we’d missed our turn. This ended up being a happy mistake because the views along the ridge trail were phenomenal. The only downfall of the trail was the abundance of (biting) flies...and despite those it was worth it. Enjoy!

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