Hood River Mountain Loop

Hood River, Oregon 97031

Hood River Mountain Loop

Hood River Mountain Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hood River Mountain almost seems like cheating. You just should not be able to obtain such grand vistas and colorful wildflower meadows with so little effort. But it’s hard to complain as you sit back on this windswept ridge and enjoy breathtaking views over the orchards of the Hood River Valley to the distinctive horn-shaped spire of Mount Hood.

The property is owned by the SDS Lumber Company, which allows public access but prohibits motorized travel—a rule that hikers greatly appreciate. Since this is private property, it is especially important that visitors be respectful so that public access is not denied in the future. The trail begins beside a low berm south of the road and climbs gradually through a second-growth woodland of Douglas firs, ponderosa pines, and Oregon white oaks. Flowering shrubs are abundant; white-blooming serviceberry and red-flowering currant put on an especially fine show in early May."

Hood River Mountain Loop Reviews

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This is a very easy hike that's worth it for the amazing views of Mount Hood. In late spring there is a beautiful wildflower display that is worth a trip alone. It can be a little hard to find, it's on private property (a lumber company) that is ok with hikers being there. The sign for the trail says "SDS Lumber" instead of the name of the trail. Enjoy!
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This is a very nice little hike, if you want a terrific view without much elevation gain. The brush along the first part of the trail is getting a little overgrown (high shooters mean you have to sometimes crouch), but the view is well worth it - Mt Hood seems close, and you are standing above Hood River Valley. Mt. Adams would certainly be viewable (it was in clouds when we were there), as well as a view west down the Gorge. Some early wildflowers were out.

Once you get to the new cell tower, I'd turn around and head back. The trail that went through the meadows is now a gravel road, and the road back to the parking lot doesn't have any views.

All in all, a nice little out and back hike to show folks the gorge.

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Trail Information

Hood River
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
March to November
USGS White Salmon (trail not shown)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018