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.
Vista Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This challenging loop trail climbs Vista Ridge on the remote northwest side of Mount Hood and then takes you through Wy’East Basin, Cairn Basin, and Eden Park. Way off the beaten track, this adventurous and challenging trail will take you through the spectacular wildflower meadows of Wy’East Basin, Cairn Basin, and Eden Park on the northwest ridge of Mount Hood. As you climb Vista Ridge, you’ll have brief but gorgeous views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier. Additional challenges on this trail include two bridgeless crossings over rumbling Ladd Creek. This creek may be too treacherous to cross during high runoff periods."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"This fairly easy trail to several flower-filled bowls at the tree line on Mount Hood is still more than worth the tedious drive to the trailhead. Since 2011, however, it has a whole new character, as several miles of it burned intensely, giving us all a rare chance to watch a forest regrow. I’ve given you several options here, but with a map and my hints, you could easily spend two days enjoying this mountain wonderland."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Chris Van Tilburg, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
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