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Hikes in and around Mount Hood.

Lookout Mountain Hike: One of the Best Views Anywhere Near Mount Hood

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 24, 2017
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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,…

Old Vista Ridge Trail: Former Trail Brought Back for an Amazing “New” View of Mount Hood

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 24, 2017
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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…

Great Mount Hood Hike: Paradise Park from Timberline Lodge

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 4, 2016
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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…

Hiking the Timberline Trail: Photo Gallery

  • Paul Gerald
  • September 14, 2015
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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…

Yocum Ridge: Up Past Ramona Falls Lies A Great Mount Hood Hike

  • Paul Gerald
  • September 2, 2015
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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…