Mt. Hood Hikes to Local Waterfalls

Mt. Hood Hikes to Local Waterfalls

Mt. Hood Hikes to Local Waterfalls

18 Feb 2023

Mt. Hood is better known for skiing and alpine lakes, but when the warmer months approach, the snow begins to melt, and trails appear leading hikers to some beautiful falls. 

Check out some of these scenic waterfalls on your next visit to Mt. Hood: 

Tamanawas Falls

This moderate 3.4-mile out-and-back trail on the east side of Mt. Hood will lead you along the banks of Cold Spring Creek, through a massive boulder field, finally arriving at the picturesque Tamanawas Falls. The falls are over 100ft tall and 40ft wide, and cascade over a basalt lava cliff. The best time to visit this trail is between May through October. Leashed dogs are welcome. 

Umbrella Falls

Located on the eastern flank of Mt. Hood near Government Camp, this popular family-friendly 3.4-mile loop weaves you through towering trees and a lush canopy overhead. From the viewing platform, marvel at the majestic 59-foot falls, named for their unique shape. Another waterfall, Sahalie Falls standing at 78ft, can be viewed by continuing along this trail. Leashed dogs are welcome. 

Ramona Falls

This moderate 7.1-mile loop is known for striking scenery – mountain views, lush green forests, sandy river beaches, classic Northwest flora and fauna, and a stunning 120-foot waterfall. The best time to visit is between May and October. Leashed dogs are welcome.  

Little Zigzag Falls

The Little Zigzag trail is an easy, family-friendly 0.6-mile out-and-back trail that meanders along a beautiful stream to a scenic waterfall, tumbling in two splashing drops for a total of 41 feet. Ideal to visit on sunny days, as the canyon provides a respite with cooler temperatures. The best time to visit is between April through October. Leashed dogs are welcome.  

Some helpful tips: 

  • Pack water, snacks and sunscreen. 
  • Wear appropriate footwear as trails and rocks can be slippery. 
  • Some waterfalls will create quite a lot of mist at peak flow, so you may want to pack a waterproof jacket or a change of clothing. 
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged for navigating, and of course for snapping pics of your adventure. 
  • Have the right pass. Many waterfall trailheads require a Northwest Forest Pass, National Parks America the Beautiful Pass, or a day fee for parking at the trialhead.  

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