HIKING MT HOOD
The Mt. Hood National Forest has over 1,000 miles of trails; from short walks to misty waterfalls, to long breathtaking treks to alpine wildflower meadows. Some trails will take you to popular scenic destinations where you’ll encounter others on the trail. Other trails allow you to escape the crowds and enjoy solitude. The best source for finding trails around Mt. Hood is REI' sponsored free site
Ramona Falls - Photo by Gene Blick
The site offers searchable hiking options by area, difficulty, etc. and has descriptions, pictures, elevation grades, trailhead directions, and trail conditions. Find out more about how to use the site at the Find Hiking Trails in the Mt. Hood Area brochure
Register at the site, then check out trails on your computer and narrow down your choices, then download the hiking project (android or apple) on your phone and use the site as a pocket field trail guide that operates like google map with gps feature.
Another source for information is the hiking section of the Mt. Hood National Forest website. Most of the trails around Mt. Hood are on the Zigzag Ranger District (scroll to the bottom). The Zigzag Ranger District Information Center can also be a place to call (503) 622-3191 or stop (70220 E. Hwy 26, Zigzag, OR) and get a map, and find out the latest trail conditions.
And don’t forget the ten essentials and your camera!
Old Salmon River Trail - Photo Greg Lief
Half Day Hikes to See the Sights
Paradise Park - Photo Ethan Douglass
Going for the Burn
More Mt. Hood Hikes
For more hiking trail information please visit the Mt. Hood National Forest website.
Some trails require a Northwest Forest Pass at the Trailhead. Please check the trail guides linked to these options or the Mt. Hood National Forest website for where a Pass is required. Many local vendors sell the Northwest Forest Pass. You may purchase a one day or an annual pass good at Forest Service trailheads throughout Oregon and Washington.
All trails within the Mt. Hood Wilderness and also the Salmon River Trail, require a free-self issuing wilderness permit available at the trailhead or at the wilderness boundary. Group size is limited to 12 persons within wilderness.
It is recommended for day hikes and backpack trips into the Wilderness or backcountry that each person carry:
• A map of area
• Flashlight/with extra batteriesSunglasses
• Extra food
• Extra clothing
• Pocket knife
• First aid kit and whistle
• Matches in waterproof container
• Candle or fire-starter
• Also, wear waterproof boots, carry durable rain gear and a waterproof tent. Wear and carry clothing, including a hat and gloves, that retains warmth when they get wet such as wool or polypropylene.