Wildwood Recreation Site

Mount Hood, Oregon

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As much an educational experience as a hiking one, this hike offers a glimpse into the Pacific Northwest world of birds, fish, plants, and water. The crown jewel of Wildwood is its underwater-viewing structure, especially when various species of salmon and trout are returning to the area to spawn.

Wildwood Recreation Site Professional Review and Guide

"As much an educational experience as a hiking one, this hike offers a glimpse into the Pacific Northwest world of birds, fish, plants, and water. The crown jewel of Wildwood is its underwater-viewing structure, especially when various species of salmon and trout are returning to the area to spawn."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Hood
Distance: 1.75
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Wildwood Recreation Site

Recent Trail Reviews

6/12/2010
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This is one of the most scenic trails I have been on! The trail follows the creek for pretty much the entire time. Most of the trail was packed pine leaves with a few muddy spots due to all the recent rains. The last half mile is a bit rough with quite a few streams coming over the trail, but overall pretty flat and easy to moderate hiking. There was one larger creek needing to be crossed towards the end. We went on a sunny weekend and it was 80 in Portland and in the high 60's most parts of the trail. We encoutered about 4 mountain bikers who were friendly and about 5 groups of hikers on our Saturday trip. There were about a half a dozen campers throughout the trip. Seems like the good spots get taken pretty quickly. There are no restrooms nearby. You will need waterproof boots if going in winter/spring. The crystal clear creek is enticing for swimming, but is ice cold. Took us 4 hours round trip, but with lots of picture taking and breaks. Could do in less than 3 hours if you wanted to.


4/16/2010
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Incredible trail. Very lush, mossy, relatively flat, amazing waterfalls. Plan on about 1.5 hour drive from Portland. Very soft, pine needle covered trail. Next time I'll bring my running shoes as this would make a great trail run. Note to mountain bikers, please stay off this trail when it's set so you don't mess it up. Happy trails!


7/10/2007
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Beautiful waterfalls and a well maintained trail. Note that there is no restroom at the trailhead. This trail can be hiked in rainy weather. The big trees are very impressive. The road is paved all the way, but very narrow, take it slow.


7/7/2007
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Within the tree cover the temperature stayed a nice, cool 67 while back in Portland it was a scorching 85 or so. The trail has just the right amount of ups and down hills with a few climbs that get your legs burning but plenty of recovery space afterwards. Some amazing views of the crystal clear water and beautiful lush, green forest. Well worth the visit. We encountered lots of other hikers and several mountain bikers but all were friendly and I'm sure the crowds were greater due to the holiday weekend.


8/30/2002
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There are two points of entry onto this trail. We opted for the second one. The trail begins with quite a decline in elevation. As we started out, with our 45 lb packs on, the thought of coming back up the trail was pushed into the back of our minds. Once at the bottom, the trail intersects with the first stream. A log bridge is provided. The first 1/2 mile to a mile is laiden with camp sites - it seems they were put there so people can feel like their out in nature, yet not have to exurt too much energy to get there. Anyways, once you pass the campsites, the magic begins. It's a rolling hike - specifically, its never to much uphill or too much downhill. It's a perfect combination of both. The river is followed at all times on this trail. It's an amazing river. The clarity of the water is astounding. There are several waterfalls along this path and underneath the waterfalls are deep pools full of turqoise water. Its a perfect place to sit on the rocks, throw on the sandles and splash around a bit. The pools are at least 20 ft deep (although they don't appear to be as you can see the bottom clearly), the river bed is in spots as smooth as concrete and there were only one or two slippery spots on the rocks. If you don't mind cold (and I mean cold) water, this would be a great trail to forget the trail and travel the river. We were told this was a trail to see old growth. You don't actually see one of those beauties until over half way through the hike, and then they are few and far between. In the earlier portion there are several tall remenants of the former giants, which leaves you to marval at their size during their lives. If you go far enough along the trail, and then through the river a bit - you can find a few really great, secluded campsites. This is a really great trail for a long daytrip or an overnight stay. Trout are abundant, so bring your fishing pole. I would definately recommend this hike for those who are just starting out with heavy packs - it puts it all into perspective without getting yourself in trouble. :-) Oh, two words of caution... THere are a lot of mountain bikers on this trail, but all were courteous. And, I had an encounter with a pack of bees that made their nest on the groung along the off shoot trail to one of the falls. So, bee careful. :-)



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