Vista Ridge Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain2,664ft
Trailhead Elevation5,680ft
Elevation Min/Max4498/5830ft
Elevation Start/End5680/5672ft

Vista Ridge Trail

Vista Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Hood River County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood Wilderness Area and Mount Hood National Forest. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 5,680 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,664 feet. The trail ends near the Cain Basin Shelter. There is also a glacier near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Eden Park Trail #600H and Timberline Trail #600.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press)
Paul Gerald
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"The 2011 Dollar Lake Fire ravaged the north side of Mount Hood. Often, the effects of fires are overstated, but this was complete devastation. On this hike you’ll walk through the burn, and the experience is fascinating. You’ll also see how the forest is recovering. All you have to do is climb slightly for a couple of miles and you’re in (unburned) wildflower heaven. From the trailhead, go 0.2 mile to a sign and wilderness registration at Vista Ridge Trail #626, where the burn area starts. To the left is your first hiking option, which I suggest if you don’t feel like climbing much but want a great view."
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Chris Van Tilburg
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"Vista Ridge is a long, low-angle route that is great for those just getting to know the east side of the mountain and who want a longer tour than the Mitchell Creek bowl."

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Not good if you have a pet. Not able to go on all of the trails.

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood Wilderness Area
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Hood River Ranger District, 541-3526002,
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 462 (Mount Hood), USFS Mount Hood Wilderness.
Local Maps

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