Elk Meadows Loop Professional Review and Guide
"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."