Family-Friendly Hikes in the Mt. Hood Scenic Area

Family-Friendly Hikes in the Mt. Hood Scenic Area

Family-Friendly Hikes in the Mt. Hood Scenic Area

21 Apr 2022
One of the best things about Mt. Hood is its proximity to an array of wonderful hiking trails! Wondering which trails are best for the whole family – leashed dogs included? Take a look at some of our favorite family-friendly hikes. These are the perfect activities when staying at your Meredith Lodging Mt. Hood vacation rental. 

Explore the Tamanawas Falls Trail 

This moderate hike takes you to a stunning 100 ft tall waterfall, providing the perfect backdrop for a family photo. Approximately 3.4 miles round trip, this out-and-back trail also offers scenic views of Cold Spring Creek.    

Enjoy Breathtaking VIews on the ZigZag Overlook Hike 

Starting from Timberline Lodge, the Zigzag Overlook Hike is a popular trail that will lead you to an incredible view of the Zigzag River Canyon. Enjoy this easy-going, 4.4-mile loop while enjoying picturesque views of the canyon, as well as local wildflowers and beautiful old-growth forests.   

Discover the Beauty of Family-Friendly Trillium Lake Loop Trail 

This relaxed hike is perfect for families looking for a fun day spent outdoors! The 2-mile loop is accessible for strollers and visitors with limited mobility and features stunning views of Mt. Hood.   

Walk Part of the PCT on the Bald Mountain Trail 

This trail follows a part of the Pacific Crest Trail to the summit of Bald Mountain. A 6.6-mile, round trip out-and-back trail, this hike features breathtaking views of Mt. Hood, and takes you along easy-going switchbacks.    

Check out the Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Hike near Government Camp 

Conveniently located near Government Camp, this popular 9-mile out- and-back trail leads to amazing views of glacial Mirror Lake and Mt. Hood. This trail is a bit more difficult, so it is perfect for families with older children.    

Hike Along the River on the Old Salmon River Trail 

Meander along the Old Salmon River Trail, and watch the water float peacefully down the Salmon River while the salmon are spawning. This easy, 5-mile out-and-back trail is perfect for a leisurely stroll along the river’s edge.    Book your perfect home base for fun when you stay with Meredith Lodging at one of our Mt. Hood vacation rentals. There is nothing like returning after a long day outdoors to take a soak in a hot tub, enjoy the sunset from your private deck, or cozy up to a fire. Ready to plan your getaway to majestic Mt. Hood? You can book online at or at Mt Hood Vacation Rentals by Meredith Lodging. You can also call our Reservations Team at 877.778.9055.