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Mount Hood Hikes

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Waucoma Ridge Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Waucoma Ridge Area
Mount Defiance from Wahtum Lake Road Hike Easy 3.2 1145 The short route to the Mt. Defiance summit
Bear Lake Hike Easy 2.6 480 Up and down walk to a secluded lake
Waucoma Lakes Loop Hike Difficult 16.5 3170 Visit four lakes on the north side of Waucoma Ridge and get some views, too!
Green Point Mountain Loop Hike Moderate 8.0 1275 Easily graded hike to a ridge high point and two lakes
Featured.GIF Mud Lake Hike Moderate 7.4 1400 Moderate hike to a secluded lake below Waucoma Ridge
Tomlike Mountain Hike Moderate 6.8 1565 Take a user trail along the wide open Woolly Horn Ridge
Featured.GIF Chinidere Mountain Hike Moderate 5.6 1140 Wahtum Lake and views from Chinidere summit


Lost Lake Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Lost Lake Area
Lost Lake Butte Hike Moderate 4.6 1270 Climb to peak with Mt Hood Views
Featured.GIF Lost Lake Loop Hike Easy 3.2 100 Easy hike around lake
Buck Peak Hike Difficult 15.8 2500 Difficult hike to rocky viewpoint


Zigzag Mountain Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Near Lolo Pass Road
Cast Creek Hike Moderate 12.4 2970 Ridge climb to beargrass meadows
Horseshoe Ridge Hike Moderate 10.8 2700 Ridge climb to views of Mount Hood
Featured.GIF East Zigzag from Lost Creek Hike Difficult 9.4 2300 Burnt Lake and mountain views
Paradise Park via Burnt Lake Hike Difficult 15.6 3400 The "long" way to Paradise Park


Near Highway 26
West Zigzag Hike Difficult 11.2 2900 Forest climb to rocky lookout site
East Zigzag from Devil Canyon Hike Difficult 8.0 1670 Forest hike to mountain views
Paradise Park Hike Difficult 11.4 3000 Summer wildflower hike
Zigzag Overlook from Hidden Lake Hike Difficult 12.0 2800 Forest hike to a mountain viewpoint
Little Zigzag Falls Hike Easy 0.6 50 Short hike to nice waterfall


Salmon River Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
From Salmon River Road
Featured.GIF Old Salmon River Hike Easy 5.0 200 Family trail through ancient forest
Featured.GIF Salmon River Hike Moderate 7.8 950 Popular hike through a rugged canyon
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Still Creek Area
Devil's Peak from Cool Creek Hike Difficult 7.6 3200 Challenging climb from valley floor to summit


From Sherar Burn Road
Kinzel Way Hike Moderate - - Steep forest climb to tiny lake
Devil's Peak Hike Easy 3.0 660 Forest trail with mountain views
Featured.GIF Veda Lake Hike Easy 2.8 660 Easy family hike to secluded lake


From Highway 26
Boulder Ridge to Huckleberry Mountain Hike Difficult 11.0 3300 Steep climb with easy trailhead access
Enid Lake via Pioneer Bridle Trail Hike Moderate 9.5 1570 Ascend Laurel Hill on historic travel routes
Laurel Hill Chute Loop Hike Easy 0.6 230 View one of the difficult descent routes on the Oregon Trail
Featured.GIF Mirror Lake Hike Easy 2.9 780 Popular family hike with famous views
Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Hike Moderate 6.6 1520 Spectacular views from a rocky crest
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Mount Hood Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Timberline Lodge Area
Paradise Park from Timberline Lodge Hike Difficult 12.1 2300 Most popular segment of the Timberline Trail
Mountaineer Trail Loop Hike Easy 2.7 1065 Family-friendly alpine hike to 7,000 feet
Featured.GIF Timberline Trail around Mount Hood Hike Difficult 40.4 8290 A Pacific Northwest classic
Mount Hood Meadows via White River Canyon Hike Moderate 9.0 2320 Rugged White River Canyon traverse, buried forest, and high meadows
Zigzag Overlook from Timberline Lodge Hike Easy 4.4 400 Alpine trek to the canyon rim


Ramona Falls Area
Paradise Park from Ramona Falls Hike Difficult 13.8 3400 Challenging hike to alpine meadows
Featured.GIF Ramona Falls Hike Moderate 7.0 1100 Pretty loop passes a lacy waterfall
Yocum Ridge Hike Difficult 16.0 3600 Challenging hike to amazing alpine viewpoints


From Lolo Pass Road
Featured.GIF Bald Mountain from Top Spur Hike Easy 2.0 550 Short hike to an old lookout site with a spectacular mountain view
Bald Mountain from Lolo Pass Hike Moderate 6.6 1400 Hike through quiet forests to a spectacular viewpoint
Muddy Fork Hike Moderate 6.2 800 Hike to site of recent mudflows with beautiful mountain views
Cairn Basin via Mazama Trail Hike Moderate 8.8 2465 Popular summer access to wildflower meadows
Cairn Basin from Top Spur Hike Moderate 8.7 2200 Spectacular alpine traverse
Cairn Basin from Vista Ridge Hike Difficult 7.6 1560 Loop through beautiful mountain meadows
Elk Cove from Vista Ridge Hike Moderate 8.8 1790 Towering mountain views and wildflowers
McNeil Point Hike Difficult 10.4 2200 Close-up view of Mount Hood's sheer west face
Featured.GIF Owl Point from Vista Ridge Hike Easy 4.0 500 Newly restored trail with spectacular views
Featured.GIF Perry Lake from Vista Ridge Hike Moderate 5.7 1000 Newly restored trail and spectacular views


Laurance Lake Area
Elk Cove from Pinnacle Ridge Hike Moderate 8.4 2490 Steep trail to avalanche lilies and Mount Hood's north face
Elk Cove Hike Moderate 10.2 2200 Mount Hood's most beautiful alpine basin


Cloud Cap Area
Featured.GIF Cooper Spur Hike Difficult 6.4 2800 Mount Hood's highest trail hike
Eliot Moraine Hike Moderate 2.1 870 Spectacular glacier views
Elk Cove from Cloud Cap Hike Difficult 9.6 1600 A classic hike for more than a century
Gnarl Ridge from Cloud Cap Hike Difficult 8.4 2420 High alpine traverse and ancient krummholz
Tilly Jane Hike Difficult 3.6 1100 Alpine hike with north face views


From Highway 35
Featured.GIF Tamanawas Falls Hike Easy 3.6 590 Streamside hike to thundering falls
Lamberson Spur Loop Hike Difficult 18.3 5035 Take an unmaintained trail and then go cross-country above the timberline for a high, wild loop
Bluegrass Ridge-Cold Spring Creek Loop Hike Difficult 15.5 3580 Long remote loop using an abandoned trail, mostly through a burn
Dog River Trail Hike Moderate 7.1 1600 Shuttle hike above Hood River
Bald Butte Hike Moderate 8.2 2100 Climb through open meadows to a former lookout site


Hood River Meadows Area
Elk Meadows Hike Moderate 5.3 1200 Mount Hood's largest meadows
Elk Mountain-Elk Meadows Loop Hike Moderate 8.2 1445 Reach Elk Meadows by detouring to a lookout site
Gnarl Ridge from Hood River Meadows Hike Difficult 8.9 2460 Canyon viewpoint and mountain meadows
Hood River Meadows Loop Hike Difficult 9.9 2055 Lush meadows, mountain views and waterfalls
Featured.GIF Umbrella Falls Loop Hike Easy 3.6 820 Waterfalls and mountain views


Barlow Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Barlow Pass Area
Tri-County Ridge Snowshoe Moderate 3.2 768 Snowshoe hike to a fine Mount Hood view
Featured.GIF Boy Scout Ridge Snowshoe Moderate 5.0 1800 Classic snowshoe hike to alpine overlooks of Mount Hood
Catalpa Lake Hike Easy 1.4 150 Easy walk to a secluded lake below Frog Lake Buttes
Catalpa Lake via Bonney Meadows Trail Hike Moderate 9.0 1750 Cross the White River and then Barlow Creek to head up to a mountain lake
Barlow Butte Hike Moderate 4.0 1100 This short hike takes up to Barlow Butte and a little beyond for some great mountain views


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Bonney Meadows Area
Boulder Lakes Hike Moderate 6.3 1070 Loop hike to mountain lakes, meadows and viewpoints
Featured.GIF Bonney Meadows to Boulder Lakes Hike Moderate 6.1 910 Forest campground loop to mountain lakes, meadows and viewpoints
Crane Prairie-Boulder Lakes Loop Hike Moderate 8.7 1280 Loop using unmaintained trails: bogs, meadows, creeks, old growth, lakes, and solitude!
Bonney Butte Hike Easy 1.2 220 Watch HawkWatch volunteers identify migrating raptors at an old lookout site
Bonney Butte via Bonney Meadows Trail Hike Moderate 7.1 2070 Up a wilderness slope to beautiful meadows and then to a raptor counting station


Lookout Mountain Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Lookout Mountain/Flag Point Area
Featured.GIF Lookout Mountain Loop Hike Easy 2.9 565 Island in the sky with wildflowers and expansive views
Flag Point via Lookout Mountain Hike Moderate 11.4 2340 Undulating ridge hike with wildflower meadows and wide-ranging views
Lookout Mountain-Gumjuwac Creek Loop Hike Difficult 14.2 3835 Loop into the Badger Creek Wilderness taking in some of its most outstanding features
Eightmile Creek Loop Hike Moderate 6.2 1985 Pleasant loop along a ridge with views and then up a shady creek
Palisade Point via Fret Creek Hike Easy 4.8 1325 Head up under old growth larches to a rocky viewpoint over wilderness
Gordon Butte-Douglas Cabin Loop Hike Difficult 9.5 2925 For experienced route-finders: meadows, springs and views on two abandoned trails


Badger Creek Wilderness - West Side
Gumjuwac-Badger Lake Loop Hike Moderate 11.8 3155 Loop down into the Badger Creek valley from Highway 35
Gunsight Butte-Badger Lake Loop Hike Moderate 8.5 2025 Hike a high ridge east of Mt. Hood and enjoy wildflower displays
Jean Lake Hike Easy 0.8 240 Hike down to a secluded and marshy wilderness lake


Badger Creek Wilderness - East Side
Pine Creek-Badger Butte Loop Hike Moderate 9.8 2180 Use rarely hiked trails and then bushwhack to the top of Badger Butte
Badger Creek Hike Moderate 21 2300 Fairly level east side hike at lower elevation
Ball Point - Little Badger Creek Traverse Hike Moderate 8.3 1650 A drier area on the east side of the Cascades; may be done as a loop with additional 1/2 mile off-trail hike
School Canyon-Tygh Creek Loop Hike Difficult 13.7 3240 A beautiful loop highlighting the diverse forest and parklands of the east side



Clackamas Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Eagle Creek Area
Featured.GIF McIntyre Ridge to Wildcat Mountain Hike Moderate 7.0 1100 Ridge top hike to beargrass meadows and Mount Hood views
Douglas Trail to Wildcat Mountain Hike Moderate 3.4 1000 Forest ramble to Mount Hood and Eagle Creek canyon views
Eagle Fern Park Hike Easy 1.5 250 Day use park with picnic, playground and a trail through an old growth forest
Eagle Creek (Salmon-Huckleberry) Hike Moderate 15.4 1835 Hike as far as you want along this beautiful, secluded wilderness creek


Abbott Road Area
Squaw Mountain from Squaw Mountain Road Hike Easy 4.2 700 Quiet forest hike to secluded summit
Squaw Mountain Hike Easy 4.0 1000 Quiet forest hike to secluded summit
Sheepshead Rock Hike Easy 3.2 840 Hike across The Plaza to a viewpoint
Salmon Mountain Hike Moderate 10.0 1960 Remote ridgetop hike to old lookout site in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness
Plaza Lake Hike Easy 1.4 560 Downhill hike to quiet lake


Roaring River Wilderness
Dry Ridge Hike Difficult 14.0 3415 Steep wilderness hike on a little-traveled trail to a viewpoint
Cache Meadows via Cripple Creek Loop Hike Moderate 11.6 2845 Hike up a slope with old growth trees and forest lakes to an expanse of marshy meadows
Mount Mitchell-Cottonwood Meadows Hike Moderate 9.7 1995 Take a trail to a spectacular viewpoint and then descend to lush meadows
Pyramid Lake Hike Easy 2.4 340 Walk a road and then a short trail to a wilderness lake
Serene Lake Hike Moderate 6.6 900 Hike past the Rock Lakes to secluded Serene Lake
Shining Lake Hike Moderate 9.7 1050 Hike a former lookout road to a secluded lake with great trout fishing


Clackamas Area
Memaloose Lake Hike Easy 2.6 700 Family friendly lake hike
South Fork Mountain Hike Moderate 4.6 1400 Continue above Memaloose Lake to an old lookout site
Clackamas River Trail Hike Moderate 8.0 400 Year round riverside shuttle hike
Timothy Lake Hike Moderate 11.6 200 Hike around lake that can be crowded during summer, nice campgrounds


Molalla River Area
North Molalla River Trails Loop Hike Moderate 5.8 1140 A shorter loop along the slopes above the Molalla River
South Molalla River Trails Loop Hike Moderate 9.9 1375 All season loop on trails and old forest roads in secondary woodland


Table Rock Wilderness
Table Rock Hike Moderate 7.2 1570 Hike through wilderness to the top of an Old Cascades summit with 360-degree views
Rooster Rock via Table Rock Hike Moderate 10.1 2780 Cross the Table Rock Wilderness from north to south taking into two great viewpoints
Table Rock-Image Creek Loop Hike Difficult 13.6 4030 Long loop that circumnavigates the Table Rock Wilderness
Rooster Rock via High Ridge Trail Hike Difficult 11.5 3770 Ascend an old Native American and settler pathway through forest and meadows to a viewpoint
Pechuck Lookout Hike Moderate 5.2 1580 Historic lookout just outside the Table Rock Wilderness


See more Mt Hood area hikes and destinations in our Mt. Hood hike index

Portland Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.