This trail is one of the most popular trails in Badger Creek Wilderness. It is usually best to hike during the period of June-September. This trail makes an excellent backpack route as there are more than a dozen campsites along the trail; also you come across many different forest types. From oak thickets to sub alpine fir meadows at Badger Lake. Visitors can try to catch small rainbow trout in Badger Creek, as it runs along the entire length of the trail. Large natural rock formations are along the lower section of this trail.
Trail is maintained yearly. The badger Creek trail travels from oak and pine woods at Bonney Crossing to Badger Creek Trailhead on a high saddle above Badger Lake. The route stays relatively close to Badger Creek, crossing numerous streams along the way.
This trail begins at Bonney Meadows Campground (5,300’) and ends at Road 4880. From Bonney Meadows Campground, head northwest on this trail and after 0.2 mile the trail reaches Hidden Meadows Trail #472. Continue descending north on this trail 0.2 mile where the trail turns and begins to head southeast. The trail levels out slightly for the next 0.7 mile before descending 0.5 to Boulder Lake. From Boulder Lake, continue southeast 0.3 mile to Little Boulder Trail #463A. Turn left (east) and continue 0.5 miles to Forest Road 4880 where trail ends. The trail may also be accessed from the 4880 Road east of Boulder Lake and continue on to Bonney Meadows from the lake. Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
This trail offers a rare panorama of the Columbia River Plateau and the Badger Creek Wilderness. It overlooks every Cascade peak from the Three Sisters to Mount Rainier.
This loop trail can be done in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Travelling clockwise, head south from Forest Road 4420 0.01 mile to the junction with the west portion of this trail (#493). Continue south 1.2 miles to the junction with Divide Trail #458. To reach the summit of Lookout Mountain, turn left (east) and travel 300 feet. To complete the High Prairie Trail loop, turn right (west) on Divide Trail #458 and travel 0.25 mile to the junction with the west portion of this trail. Turn right (north) on this trail (#493) and travel 1.1 miles along the west end of the High Prairie to return to the trailhead at Forest Road 4420.
This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. Herman Creek Trail explores the largest surviving forest of old growth fir, cedar, and hemlock left in the Columbia Gorge. Spring fed groves of ancient cedar tower above Big Cedar Swamp Shelter while equally large Noble Fir, Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock fill a fire-preserved basin of the East Fork Herman Creek. A parade of waterfalls, innumerable moss carpeted creeks, a sub-alpine lake, and ridge top vistas offer a variety of scenery for either the equestrian or backpacker using the Herman Creek Trail.
Herman Creek Trail starts at the west end of the Herman Creek Campground in the Columbia Gorge. Near the beginning of the trail, keep left at an unmarked fork. Follow the switchbacks across a power line access road, then climb another 0.4 mile to a well-signed fork. Take the left fork (east). The path soon joins an old dirt road. Proceed uphill 0.6 miles to Herman Camp primitive campsite. Continue straight past Herman Camp. The road soon becomes a trail again. You'll cross several side creeks, one with a 100’ waterfall. 2.6 miles past Herman Camp, you'll reach a junction with Casey Creek Trail #476 on left (east). Continue right on Herman Creek Trail another 6 miles to junction with Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Turn left (east) on the Pacific Crest Trail and proceed 1.6 mile to south shore of Wahtum Lake.
The trail is within Mount Hood Wilderness and allows for a short and direct route to Timberline Trail #600 above Lolo Pass. It is entirely forested along its 1.5 mile length as it climbs steadily to the Timberline Trail. A quiet trail compared to the Pacific Crest Trail to its west, with easy driving access from Lolo Pass.
The trail begins on the first hairpin of Forest Road 1800-620. For the first ¼ mile, the trail uses an overgrown logging road. The trail then climbs up to the east and gains a broad ridge. This is the ridge just above and west of McGee Creek. The trail follows this forested ridge on its west side. The trail has a steady, moderate grade and decent tread. This trail is narrower and brushier than the other more popular trails going up to Timberline, but it is not hard to follow.
This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. Mt Defiance (4,960') is the highest point in the Columbia Gorge. This challenging 7.2 mile trail begins at Starvation Creek Rest Area (55 miles east of Portland, OR on I-84) and ends at Mt Defiance south trailhead (south of Mt Defiance). There are views of the Cascade Range and the Columbia River Gorge. Visitors can combine this trail with Mitchell Point Trail #417 and Starvation Ridge Trail #414 for a demanding 8.7 mile day hike or backpack loop. There are several established campsites at Warren Lake.
Leaving from the Starvation Creek Trailhead, head west along US Hwy I-84 on an asphalt trail that quickly becomes gravel. The trail will soon enter the trees and the steep and sustained climb begins. The trail stays mainly in the trees but at the 4100’ mark there is a breathtaking view to the north of the Cascade Range, the Columbia River Gorge. After 4.1 miles, the trail intersects with Mitchell Point Trail #417 just west of Warren Lake at 4240’. The trail continues uphill heading southwest 0.4 mile to Mount Defiance. At the summit of Mount Defiance (4,920’) there is a large radio tower along with an unobstructed view of Mount Hood to the south. From the summit of Mount Defiance, start downhill continuing southwest for 1.8 miles to the junction with Bear Lake Trail #413A. This 0.7 mile trail is a nice side trip to a beautiful small lake. From the junction the trail continues downhill 0.5 mile to the trailhead at Forest Road 2820 (Dead Point Road).
This is a good early season trail choice. The trail overlooks the Hood River Valley and offers views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier.
This trail begins at Smullin Drive (1,760’) and ends at Surveyor’s Ridge Trail #688 (3,680’). From Smullin Road, the trail climbs Oak Ridge via a series of switchbacks passing through open slopes and stands of Oregon White Oak. After 1 mile, the trail enters mixed oak and fir. Near the top of the ridge, the trail crosses Forest Road 1700-640. Continue a few hundred feet beyond the road to the junction with Surveyor’s Ridge Trail #688.
This trail is on the north side of Mount Hood within Mount Hood Wilderness. The trail generally follows Pinnacle Ridge up the North Side of Mt Hood. The trail takes you up to the scenic timberline area of Wy’east Basin and the Barrett Spur. On the upper part of the trail, alpine meadows are crossed and there are close views of Mt Hood’s snowfields and spurs. Along the way there are open areas with expansive views to the north. This steep trail begins at the trailhead on Forest Road 2840-670 (3,720') and ends at Timberline Trail #600 (5,760').
The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. The first half of the trail has moderate grades on good tread. The upper half of the trail is steeper, with a narrower tread. The trail crosses a couple of small streams as it heads up the ridge. Where the trees start to thin out in the upper portion, there is a wet meadow area to cross. The trail becomes faint here, but picks up again in the trees after the bog. The trail ends at its junction with Timberline Trail #600. To visit the Eden Park area, turn right on #600 and travel 0.3 mile to the junction with Eden Park Trail #600H. Follow #600H 1.6 miles through Eden Park to Timberline Trail #600. Turn left (east) and follow #600 1.3 miles back to the south end of this trail (#630). To visit Dollar Lake from the south end of this trail (#630), turn left (east) on #600 and travel 0.3 mile to the junction with Dollar Lake Trail #600C. Turn right (south) and travel 0.2 mile to Dollar Lake. To make an 8.7 mile loop, continue on Timberline Trail #600 0.7 mile to Elk Cove Trail #631. Turn left (north-northeast) on #631 and travel 4.6 miles to Laurance Lake Road (Forest Road 2840). Leave a car here or follow Forest Road 2840 approximately 2.5 miles (making the loop total 11.2 miles) back to the trailhead for this trail at Forest Road 2840.
This trail starts at Forest Road 2821 and ends at Mitchell Point Trail #417. The trailhead is just below a locked gate on Forest Road 2821. Head north from the trailhead (3,820’) on an old road bed through a clear cut. After 0.3 mile the trail reaches Forest Road 2821-630. The trail crosses the road and passes remnants of an old trailhead and camp area. Continue a further 0.1 mile to the trail’s end at Mitchell Point Trail #417 (3,820’). To reach Warren Lake (3,740’), take a left on Mitchell Point Trail #417 and travel 0.3 mile.
This trail enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. This trail is mainly in the forest, but there are open areas along the route offering great views of the Columbia River Gorge. Once over on the Lindsey Creek drainage, there are views of Mount Defiance and Mount Hood. This trail begins at Wyeth Campground along I-84 and ends at Mount Defiance Trailhead at Dead Point Road.
From Wyeth Campground, leave the trailhead at the middle of the parking lot, head south and follow the wide path into the forest. Take a switchback on the left, away from Gorton Creek, and head up the single track above campground. The trail follows a power line corridor until past the campground, and then ascends into the woods. Continuing east, the trail crosses Harphan Creek. The trail then begins to climb the ridge to the east via several switchbacks. The switchbacks have a good, smooth tread with steep grades. Be prepared to gain 2400 feet of elevation along these switchbacks. Above the switchbacks, the trail steeply climbs into a saddle and reaches a junction with Green Point Trail #418 (3900’). Wyeth Trail #411 takes the left fork and traverses across the upper basin of Lindsey Creek. The trail contours up to the outlet of North Lake through brushy terrain; look for flagging and cairns to help follow the trail through this area. At North Lake, the trail opens up again and takes you easily to Mt. Defiance South Trailhead at Forest Road 2820.
Mount Hood, Oregon's highest summit at 11,240 feet, is a dormant volcano covered with 11 active glaciers. This snow covered peak lies at the heart of the Wilderness and is covered with forested slopes and alpine meadows. More than 10,000 climbers a year come seeking the top of the state, making Mount Hood's summit the most visited snow covered peak in America. All climbing routes on Mt Hood are technical, including the "easier" southside climbing route, with crevasses to cross, falling rocks, and often inclement weather. Ropes, crampons and other technical gear are necessary. Review Mount Hood Summit for information about climbing Mount Hood.
Dormant but not dead, Mount Hood still vents sulfurous steam near the summit. Much of the area's annual precipitation of 150 inches falls as snow between October and April. A forest of Douglas fir covers much of the lower elevations, supported by an understory of Oregon grape, salal, rhododendron, and huckleberries. More than a dozen waterfalls are within the river valleys that lie in the shaded forest. Listen for the chirps and whistles of pikas and marmots on the rocky slopes at the tree line.
The very popular Timberline Trail #600 encircles the mountain for 38 miles. It crosses multiple alpine meadows and travels through the many glacial creeks and rivers that flow from the mountain flanks. Crossing the glacial creeks and rivers that do not have bridges during snowmelt in early to mid-summer, or when heavy or sustained rains fall, can be dangerous. Hikers should use caution and have a backup plan if rivers are too high to cross. Multiple trails wind their way through the Wilderness to join the Timberline Trail. Most visitors are day hikers who visit on the weekends. Hikers visiting mid-week or camping overnight generally see few other visitors.
This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness and is a classic Pacific Northwest trail circumnavigating Mount Hood with alpine vistas, waterfalls, alpine meadows and west side Cascade forest. It was constructed primarily by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s and encircles Mount Hood at or near treeline. The segment of trail between Timberline Lodge and Yocum Ridge overlaps the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.
This trail can be accessed from many different points. The trail climbs in and out of glacial fed drainages throughout its length. Most hikers find the fast moving river fords to be the most challenging part of the trail. Newton, Coe, Muddy Fork, Sandy and White Rivers are typically the most challenging fords but are typically not more than knee deep.
This trail enters the Mt. Hood Wilderness on the west side of Mount Hood. This trail accesses Burnt Lake and Zigzag Mountain with views above treeline. The north side also has wonderful old cedar snags showing remnants of a wildfire that came through around 1900.
Starting from the north Burnt Lake trailhead, this trail begins at Forest Road 1825-109 (2,680’) and ends at Forest Road 2627-207 (3,320’). From Forest Road 1825-109, the trail climbs steadily up to Burnt Lake (4,120’). There is a nice loop trail around the lake accessing several campsites. From the lake the trail continues up a steep climb 0.6 mile and reaches Zigzag Ridge (4,720’). Soon after, the trail reaches Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. Turn right onto Zigzag Mountain Trail #775 and follow the ridge westward 0.3 miles until Burnt Lake Trail #772 drops over the south side of the ridge descending to Devil’s Meadow area. From Devil’s Meadow the trail follows an easier grade down an old roadway to West Zigzag trailhead at Forest Road 2627-207.
This trail enters the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Eagle Creek Trail #501 follows alongside Eagle Creek passing through old-growth Douglas fir, western hemlock and western red cedar forest.
This trail is relatively flat as it follows Eagle Creek. There are several small creek crossings along the trail. There are several campsites along the trail. The trail ends after 6.4 miles at an Eagle Creek ford that accesses Eagle Creek Cutoff Trail #504.
The Hunchback trail runs through the middle of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. This trail traverses the forested Hunchback Ridge which has several rocky viewpoints along the route. Scenic Devil’s Peak Lookout is located near the southern end of the trail.
Starting from the Zigzag Ranger Station, this trail climbs steeply for 1.9 miles, gaining over 2,000 feet in elevation to a viewpoint. Leaving the viewpoint, the trail traverses the Hunchback ridgeline until descending into a saddle and junction with the Green Canyon Trail #793A (3.6 miles). The trail continues for 2.4 miles as a series of steep climbs and descents that can be rocky, narrow and covered with fallen trees, to the Devil’s Peak Lookout trail. Devil’s Peak Lookout remains open to the public, but has been out of service for over 25 years. From the Lookout, continue southeast for 1.2 miles to the southern trailhead at Kinzel Lake/Sherar Burn Road (Forest Road 2613). Some segments of this trail are primitive with minimal tread surface, which can lead to several scrambles.
This trail is very kid-friendly. Only 1.9 miles long, it parallels the wild and scenic Salmon River. Although this trail is near the road, the closeness and constant sound of the river, as well as the old growth features of the forest, make this one of the most outstanding hikes on the Zigzag District.
Other than a short hill on each end, this is a relatively flat trail. It has several bridges that cross small creeks. It does pop up on to the road a couple of times since it is located on a narrow slice of land between the Salmon River and Salmon River Road.
This trail begins at Forest Road 2639-021 (2,800’) and ends at Paradise Park Loop Trail #757 (5,760’). From Forest Road 2639-021, the trail climbs gradually before starting up several switchbacks to a flat point after 1.7 miles. The trail continues northwest 0.7 mile to a ridgeline. The trail follows the ridgeline and climbs 3.25 miles to the junction with Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. There are nice views of the Zigzag Canyon along the ridgeline. Continue straight on #778 and after 0.2 mile the trail reaches the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. The trail continues through meadows and more open forest 0.5 mile to Paradise Park Loop Trail #757. This junction is considered the old trail’s end. The trail continues, however, a further 0.5 mile through alpine meadows to a spectacular viewpoint (6,240’). Part of this trail was reconstructed in 1999 changing the steeper sections into more gradual terrain with switchbacks. The trail is a steady climb most of its length. While it does follow a ridgeline, it is not an “exposed ridge” that would be precarious for stock.
Pioneer Bridle Trail connects the towns of Government Camp and Rhododendron. Part of the trail follows segments of the historic Barlow Road. The entire trail stays in the forest and is within earshot of the highway.
This is a major mountain bike route. From Glacier View Trailhead (3,600’) this trail descends most of its length to Tollgate Trailhead (1,800’). The first segment from Glacier View to the “tunnel” is mostly gentle climbing and is fairly wide. From the tunnel the trail climbs up to a mineshaft then descends more steeply to where it crosses US Hwy 26. Immediately after crossing US Hwy 26 stay right where the trail intersects the powerline trail which parallels the Pioneer Bridle trail to the south. Take the time to occasionally look up for power lines to make sure you are following the correct trail. This section also has a narrower trail width. From US Hwy 26 the grade becomes gentle but several areas of the trail section are very rocky. After crossing the Zigzag river, the trail returns to narrower single track trail. This popular trail is open to hikers, horses and mountain bikes so an awareness and consideration of other users is needed.
This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness. Ramona Falls is a jewel drawing visitors to the area. The Sandy River, a designated Wild and Scenic River, is a dramatic example of the forces that a glacial fed river can bring forth to change the landscape. Physical signs of a volcanic debris flow from over 200 years ago are evident where the trail is near the Sandy River.
Most visitors access this trail from Ramona Falls Trailhead. The distance round trip for this point is 7 miles. From this trailhead, visitors take the Sandy River Trail one mile eastward to where it crosses the Sandy River. As footbridge is put in place here each spring and removed in the fall. Horses ford. Approximately ¼ mile after the bridge, visitors will come to the Ramona Falls “loop” itself. (The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 overlaps with Ramona Falls for a couple miles in this area.) Equestrians going to Ramona Falls will stay on the southern side of the loop that goes along above the Sandy River. Hikers can choose which way to do the loop. It is about the same distance either way. Overall the route is a gentle climb gaining 1000’ over the 3.5 miles to the falls.
This trail accesses the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness and travels through mossy old growth forest next to the wild and scenic Salmon River. Chinook and Coho salmon, along with Steelhead, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout are found in the river. There are several established campsites along the way for backpackers.
This trail climbs from the edge of Salmon River to a bluff with several view points and follows the north shoulder of the river. The trail generally follows gentle terrain, but there are several steep sections along the way. The width varies from narrow to wide with the better tread found on the west and east ends of the trail. Access to this trail is best from the west end and is a great through hike. To complete a difficult 14.5 mile loop, follow this trail southeast 6.3 miles to Kinzel Lake Trail #665. Go left (northeast) on Kinzel Lake Trail #665 and travel 2.2 miles to Hunchback Trail #793. Go left (northwest) on Hunchback Trail #793 and travel 3.6 miles to Green Canyon Way Trail #793A. Go left (southeast) on Green Canyon Way Trail #793A and travel 3.2 miles to Salmon River Road (Forest Road 2618) and Green Canyon Campground.
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year. Considered an architectural wonder, it’s still being used for its original intent—a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. Self-guided tours are available through the winter.
Timberline lodging options include: varied room sizes and prices at the main lodge and group accomodations at Silcox Hut which sits above the main lodge at 7,000 feet.
This trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness and it provides the west to east transportation network for the upper south slope of Mount Hood. Two abandoned lookout sites are located along the trail. Huckleberries can be abundant from September to frost. There are many great views of Mt. Hood along this trail.
This trail begins at Forest Road 1819 (East Mountain Drive) and ends at Paradise Park Trail #778. This frequently maintained trail is mostly moderately wide single track trail with the occasional rocky section. Trail traffic is typically light to moderate with the most traffic seen from Devil’s Tie Trail #767 to Horseshoe Ridge #774. Leaving from Forest Road 1819 (1,600’), the trail climbs 3.5 miles to Zigzag Mountain (4,400’). The trail continues on the ridge 1.1 miles to West Zigzag Mountain Trail #789, shortly after passing West Zigzag Mountain. From Trail #789, the trail continues on the ridge heading west 1.9 miles to Horseshoe Trail #774. From this junction, the trail continues climbing 1.6 miles to Devil’s Tie Trail #767. Head north from #767 0.2 miles to the Cast Lake Trail #796. Stay straight on #775 0.1 mile to Cast Creek Trail #773. The trail heads west again for 0.7 mile passing Zigzag East Lookout on the way to Burnt Lake Trail #772. Continue a further 0.3 mile to a second junction with Burnt Lake Trail #772. From here the trail continues climbing west 2.9 miles to its end at Paradise Park Trail #778 (5,040’). There are few reliable sources for water along this trail, so be sure to carry enough water. There are many trails intersecting this trail that make interesting additions to an out-and-back route or a point-to-point, shuttle route.