Elk Meadow Trail #645 is a hiking trail in Hood River County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood Wilderness Area and Mount Hood National Forest. It is 8.0 miles long and begins at 4,247 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,683 feet.
Elk Meadow Trail #645 Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Doug Lorain, One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press).
"One of the most spectacular sights in the Mount Hood area, sprawling and flowerfilled Elk Meadows is relatively easy to reach. And beyond it lies Gnarl Ridge, with its awesome close-up view of the mountain."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
Sign in/up to upload photos.