"Even the trailhead is scenic, and other than a few short stretches here and there, every foot of the trail is, too. From the trailhead, look for the path heading right, past a brown hiker sign. Follow this pathway through several brushy switchbacks to an old jeep road, then take that 150 yards to a wide gravel area with a view of Mount Hood through a notch in a ridge.
Stop here, at the 0.5-mile point, and catch your breath. Where the road swings back to the right and heads uphill, look for Ed’s Trail #180A heading left, along the ridge. If you have little kids, consider taking this road out and back, as it would avoid some scrambling up ahead. We’ll come back on the road, but it’s better to follow Ed for now." Read more