One of the best views anywhere of Mount Hood is now accessed via the newly official Old Vista Ridge Trail. It’s a moderate 4.5-mile loop on a trail re-opened by renegade volunteers starting in 2007.
I try not to throw around phrases like “perfect hike,” but Lookout Mountain, just east of Mount Hood, gets about as close as anything can to that standard. Why? Because it is a mix of effort, payoff, cool forest, sunny meadows, relative solitude, flowers, springs, and a big-time view that includes volcanoes, forests, a lake, the Columbia River, […]
For many years, one of my favorite Mount Hood hikes has been Vista Ridge — even after much of it burned up in the 2011 Dollar Lake Fire. It’s a great walk along a mountain ridge to a loop that includes several alpine meadows, front-row views of Hood, babbling brooks, smiling wildflowers … and now […]
What makes a great hike? I would say ease of access, scenery, variety, options, and something cool nearby to do afterwards. That’s why I think the Paradise Park loop from Timberline Lodge is one of the best hikes on Mount Hood. Just the starting point is worth visiting: Timberline Lodge was built in the 1930s […]
Over Labor Day Weekend, I helped to lead the Mazamas’ annual Round The Mountain hike, where we hike the Timberline Trail in three days, spending each night in their lodge near Government Camp. It’s a great way to hike the Timberline Trail, staying indoors with three cooked meals per day and van support to the […]
I might have a new favorite place to go hiking on Mount Hood. It’s beyond Ramona Falls, which everybody knows about, but hardly anybody goes to this place; and it’s a long walk, which not everyone will want to do. But the solitude, remoteness and beauty of Yocum Ridge gave me a bit of that […]
It looks like the weather might just let us have one more hike near Mount Hood this weekend. So here’s one for the whole family, an easy stroll to a lovely waterfall with some surprising fall colors. why you should go This is a classic falls in a dramatic setting at the end of an […]
It is absolutely prime season for hikes near Mount Hood. Right now, the flowers are blooming all over the place, the weather is perfect, the bugs are dying off … all in all, if you’re looking for a Mount Hood hike, now is the time. And McNeil Point is the place. And in my opinion, […]
A sweeping panorama of forests, lakes and mountains that you worked heard to earn: isn’t that the essence of hiking? That’s what I was thinking when I stood on top of Lookout Mountain, one the very best Mount Hood hikes. You can actually drive to about a mile from the summit, but for me that […]
The Mount Hood National Forest is offering ranger-led Mount Hood snowshoe trips every weekend until the end of March.