Elk Meadows Loop

Government Camp, Oregon

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Elk Meadows is a generally flat, grassy expanse at the headwaters of Cold Springs Creek that boasts a picturepostcard view of the east face of Mt. Hood. In midsummer the wildflower display here is quite impressive, adding greatly to the already fine scenery. As you might expect, these qualities make Elk Meadows a popular destination, so try to visit during midweek. But even if you can only visit on a weekend, the beauty is more than adequate compensation for the crowds. By turning this hike into a long loop, you can visit several additional worthwhile locations, including sliding Umbrella Falls, numerous excellent viewpoints, and some interesting treasure-hunting locations where you can look for items lost during the ski season at Mt. Hood Meadows.

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"Elk Meadows is a generally flat, grassy expanse at the headwaters of Cold Springs Creek that boasts a picturepostcard view of the east face of Mt. Hood. In midsummer the wildflower display here is quite impressive, adding greatly to the already fine scenery. As you might expect, these qualities make Elk Meadows a popular destination, so try to visit during midweek. But even if you can only visit on a weekend, the beauty is more than adequate compensation for the crowds. By turning this hike into a long loop, you can visit several additional worthwhile locations, including sliding Umbrella Falls, numerous excellent viewpoints, and some interesting treasure-hunting locations where you can look for items lost during the ski season at Mt. Hood Meadows."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Government Camp
Distance: 1.7
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: July to October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Hood River Ranger District (Mount Hood National Forest)
Local Maps: Green Trails: Mount Hood

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