Elk Meadow Trail 645

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain1,683ft
Trailhead Elevation4,247ft
Elevation Min/Max4247/5277ft
Elevation Start/End4247/4247ft

Elk Meadow Trail 645

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. This trail connects with the following: Bluegrass Ridge Trail #647, Elk Meadow Shelter Access, Elk Meadow Cutoff Trail, Newton Creek Trail #646 and Umbrella Falls.

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One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press)
Doug Lorain
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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." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press)
Paul Gerald
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"If I were to tell you there’s a place where you can skip through meadows and over creeks, picking berries all the way, and wind up in a flower-filled wonderland with a snow-covered peak above it, and that if you wanted, you could climb up through more meadows to a rocky point with a huge view of everything around, right up where the water blasts out from under the glaciers, you’d be interested in that, right? That’s this hike. And if all you’re doing is going to Elk Meadows, there’s only one moderate hill between you and your destination. In fact, you and the kids could walk a flat mile, see two mountain streams, and have a ball. And you could do the whole thing in an easy day or spend the night on an easy introductory backpack." Read more

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood Wilderness Area
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Hood River Ranger District, 541-3526002, www.fs.usda.gov/mthood
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 462 (Mount Hood), USFS Mount Hood Wilderness.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018