Bluegrass Ridge Trail #647


This trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness on the east side of Mount Hood. The trail offers views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier. This trail weaves in and out of Wilderness with great views of Elk Meadows. Provides a nice loop and horse access. 

This trail starts at its junction with Elk Meadows Trail #645/Gnarl Ridge Trail #652 (5,280’) and ends at Elk Meadows Trail #645 (3,680’).  Follow the trail uphill (east) from Elk Meadows Trail #645/Gnarl Ridge Trail #652 towards Elk Mountain.  After 0.8 mile the trail reaches the junction with Elk Mountain Vista Trail #647C (5,600’).  Turn left (north-northeast) on this trail (#647) and follow the ridge 1.3 miles to the junction with Elk Meadows- Bluegrass Tie Trail #647B (heads west, uphill).   Continue north along the ridge 0.3 mile to the highpoint of the trail (5,680).  Look for a rock outcropping with great views.  The trail mainly follows the ridge, descending gradually for the next 4 miles to where the trail heads west-northwest (3,880).   From here the trail descends 0.3 miles to Cold Spring Creek (3,620’).  Cross the creek (BE CAREFUL DURING HIGH WATER!), continue 200 feet and cross another stream.  From the creek, head uphill 0.1 mile to the end of this trail at the junction with Elk Meadows Trail #645 (3,680).  To get to Polallie Trailhead (OR Hwy 35), turn right on Elk Meadows Trail #645 and travel 2.3 miles.  This area was heavily impacted by the Gnarl Ridge fire, and hikers should watch out for hazard trees.

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Has not been logged out, expect blowdown.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Water: Cold Spring Creek
Restroom: NA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Polallie trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District, Parkdale Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR travel approximately 31 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 to the intersection with Oregon Hwy 35.  Turn north onto Oregon Hwy 35 and travel 8.1 miles to the Mt. Hood Meadows Ski area lower access road. Follow Elk Meadows Trail #645 approximately 3 miles to the south end of this trail.

Polallie Trailhead:

From Portland, OR travel approximately 31 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 to the intersection with Oregon Hwy 35.  Travel 16.5 miles north on Oregon Hwy 35 to Polallie Trailhead, approximately 0.7 miles north of milepost 73.



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  Elevation : 
5150' - 5520'


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