The Salmon River Canyon trail is usually snow-free in the winter, with higher water levels in the river and streams – and the forest at this time of year is lush with many shades of green.
In late October to early November, western larches turn brilliant shades of yellow and gold before dropping their needles. This loop hike on the east side of Mount Hood has masses of them.
On this two night backpacking trip, we hiked in to Burnt Lake to setup camp and day hiked to East Zigzag Mountain and Cast Lake.
Located on the east side of Mount Hood, this trail begins at the Mount Hood Meadows ski area and features a former lookout at Elk Mountain and spacious meadows with a view of the mountain.
Surveyors Ridge is popular with mountain bikers but it’s also a great trail for hikers. We started at the Shellrock Mountain trailhead and hiked to the Yellowjacket viewpoint as an out and back hike.
McNeil Point, located on the northwest side of Mount Hood, is a subalpine and alpine area filled with meadows and great views of the mountain and surrounding ridges.
This hike circles the rim of Larch Mountain, a former volcanic peak in the Columbia River Gorge.
The Triple Falls area was severely burned in the 2017 Eagle Creek Wildfire. This hike begins at Horsetail Falls and features a walk behind Ponytail Falls before continuing to Triple Falls.
This short hike to the Dry Creek waterfall starts in Cascade Locks on the Pacific Crest Trail heading south.