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.

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."

"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."

"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
Mt. Hood National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Hood South
Local Maps