Mount Hood National Forest

Hiking - Moderate Trails
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HOOD RIVER RANGE DISTRICT

Zigzag Trail
Length: 2 miles round trip - 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Description: Drive Highway 35 to Polallie Trailhead parking. Trail #678 crosses the East Fork of Hood River via drawbridge. (Bridge raised in winter and reset across river after flood danger is over in the spring.) Trail switchbacks up out of canyon to join with Dog River Trail and a viewpoint trail. Turn right and descend for about 200 feet to viewpoint. Nice view of Mt. Hood and Upper Hood River Valley. This trail is very steep.

Tamanawas Falls Loop
Length: 5.5 miles - 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: April-November
Description: Drive Highway 35 1/4 mile north of Sherwood Campground to the East Fork Trailhead. Cross bridge and follow the trail (right) and follow East Fork Trail #650 1/2 mile north to junction with Tamanawas Falls Trail #650-A. One half mile from the falls you join with Trail 650-B. Turn left to falls (1/2 mile). After visiting the falls, return via Trail 650-B. This trail climbs gently out of canyon to join with Elk Meadows Trail #645. Turn right and this trail will take you back to the East Fork Trail. Follow East Fork Trail south (up-stream) to the trailhead.

BEAR SPRINGS RANGER DISTRICT

Barlow Butte and Ridge
Length: 7 miles - 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: June-October
Description: Drive Highway 35 to Barlow Pass and turn south into a small parking area at the pass. Follow the Barlow Butte Trail #670 descending along an old section of the Barlow Road. At the small meadow you will head left on the Barlow Butte Trail steadily gaining elevation until you hit a series of steep switchbacks. The trail to the top of Barlow Butte and the old lookout is overgrown, but by looking around you can find it. By following Barlow Ridge you will come to some excellent view points of Mt. Hood, and south to Mt. Jefferson and the Three Sisters. Return on the same route or continue on and drop steeply down to Klingers Camp on the Barlow Road.

Bonney Meadows Trail
Length: 5 1/2 miles - 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: June-October
Description: Drive on Highway 35 4.5 miles north of the junction with Highway 26 and take a right on Road 48 and follow it about five miles where the trail crosses the road and heads uphill towards Bonney Meadows. The trail is marked on the uphill side of the road, but is hard to find. The trail is lightly traveled, but offers views of Mt. Hood. The trail ends near Bonney Meadows Campground.

Twin Lakes/Pacific Crest Trail
Length: 8 miles - 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: June-Oct
Description: Drive Highway 35 to Barlow Pass and turn south into small parking area at the pass. At the pass take the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 south about two miles to the Twin Lakes Trail #495. Trail #495 will bring you first to the Upper Twin Lake and then on down to Lower Twin Lake. Continuing on the Twin Lakes Trail will bring you back to the Pacific Crest Trail about two miles farther south than where you left it. Heading north on the Pacific Crest Trail will bring you back to Barlow Pass.

Twin Lakes/Palmateer Point Loop
Length: 8 miles - 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: June-Oct
Description: Drive Highway 35 to Barlow Pass and turn south into small parking area at the pass. At the pass take the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 south about a mile and a half to the Palmateer Trail. For an outstanding view take a side trip on the view point trail that starts in the meadow a mile down the Palmeteer Trail. Continuing down the Palmeteer Trail another mile will bring you to Upper Twin Lake. From this point you may follow the Twin Lakes Trail south as described above or head north on the Twin Lakes Trail for a shorter connection back to the Pacific Crest Trail. Taking a right turn will head you north back to Barlow Pass.

ZIGZAG RANGER DISTRICT

Upper Salmon River
Length: 6 miles-4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: June-Oct
Description: Drive past Trillium Lake Campground to Road 2656 and follow it to Road 2656-309. The trailhead is on the right, about 3 1/2 miles past the road junction. Take the Salmon River Trail #742 to Dry Lake Trail #672. Turn left on Fir Tree Trail #674, and left again on Salmon River Trail #742 which will take you back to your car. This loop has good views of Salmon River Valley.

Veda Lake
Length: 3 miles - 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: June-Oct
Description: Drive past Trillium Lake Campground and continue around the lake until you join with Road 2613. Turn and climb 3 1/2 miles on the rough, narrow, dirt road to Fir Tree Camp. The trail is on the opposite side of the road from the camp and climbs to the ridge top before descending into Veda Lake.

Castle Canyon
Length: 2 miles - 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Most of the year
Description: Drive to Henry Creek Road in Rhododendron (a frontage road on the west end of town) and turn on Road 19 (1819). Continue about a 1/4 mile to the trailhead. Trail climbs steeply to rocky pinnacles, spires, and views of the Zigzag Valley.

BARLOW RANGE DISTRICT

Gumjuwac - Lookout Mountain
Length: 8 miles - 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: July-Nov
Description: Drive Highway 35 to Robinhood Campground. One hundred yards south of the campground entrance, turn east on the dirt road which leads to the parking area. The trail climbs steadily in a series of switchbacks for two miles to Gumjuwac Saddle for views of Mt. Hood, the east fork of Hood River and Badger Creek Valley. Follow Trail #458 for 2.25 miles of steady climbing to Lookout Mountain.


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