Mt. Hood Territory is home to over 1,000 miles of trails, which is a lot to consider when determining your next adventure.
With that in mind, we've curated a collection of 12 trails and hikes that range from a casual walk through urban parks to some more lengthy, moderate and even difficult-`rated hikes, for the seasoned outdoor enthusiast. For those of you more familiar with Mt. Hood Territory you'll notice some of the most well-known locations were left off this list, and that was on purpose. In trying to stay cognizant of the issues with overuse on our popular trails, we prioritized a better overall experience featuring our diverse landscapes, less crowds and just as impressive views. Enjoy these hidden gems!
1 - Mary S. Young Park: Distance - 4.5 miles, Difficulty - Easy, Elevation - 300 feet.
A peaceful park along the Willamette River with forest, a vibrant bird life, sandy beach areas and picnic spots.
Gems: River views - Dog friendly areas - Beavers - Sports fields - River beaches - Fishing
2 - Camassia Nature Preserve: Distance - 1.4 miles, Difficulty - Easy, Elevation 160 feet.
A preserve that provides habitat and protection for several bird species and other sensitive wildlife, with views of the Willamette Valley.
Gems: Bird-watching - Spring wildflowers - Seasonal butterflies - Riparian areas
3 - Mount Talbert Nature Park: Distance - 4 miles, Difficulty - Easy to Moderate, Elevation 750 feet.
A volcanic butte that is the largest in a string of extinct volcanoes and lava domes and a unique urban forest oasis that doesn't feel like it's right next to the city...even though it is!
Gems: Shaded hikes - Trail running - Bird watching - Hiking close to town - Interpretive kiosks - Geocaching
4 - Hidden Falls Nature Park: Distance - 1.7 miles, Difficulty - Easy, Elevation - 265 feet.
Recently opened to the public after decades of being inaccessible, it features a beautiful natural waterfall and completes a vital link in the Mt. Scott/Scouters Mountain Loop.
Gems: Hidden waterfall - Short elevation gains - Paved paths - Resting areas along trails
5 - Molalla River Rim Trail Loop: Distance - 6.5 miles, Difficulty - Moderate, Elevation - 1,550 feet.
Part of the Molalla River Recreation Area which has been through a recent transformation featuring more trails, day-use areas, swimming holes and new campsites. This trail winds through old growth forest and past the Annie's Cabin landmark.
Gems: Old growth trees - Bird watching - Secluded trails - Well shaded hikes - Wild berries
6 - Wildwood Recreation Site: Distance - 2.5 miles, Difficulty - Easy, Elevation - 100 feet.
Connected to the Wild & Scenic Salmon River with natural stream and wetland ecosystems and a special underwater fish viewing chamber.
Gems: River views - Exploring aquatic life - Boardwalks - Interpretive signs - Picnics - Shaded hikes
7 - Milo McIver State Park: Distance - 14 miles, Difficulty - Easy, Elevation - 150 feet.
A mixed-use area that boarders the Clackamas River and Estacada Lake and features hiking and horseback trails, boat launch, fishing docks, picnic areas and campgrounds.
Gems: Well marked trails - Diverse ecology - River views - Disc golf - Water recreation - ADA friendly facilities
8 - Burnt Lake Trail: Distance - 6.6 miles, Difficulty - Moderate, Elevation - 1,420 feet.
The trail takes you past a multi-tiered waterfall and culminates at an alpine lake that sits below a towering Mt. Hood. Enough said, right?
Gems: Alpine lakes - Waterfalls - Mountain views - Meeting other hikers - Photography
9 - Flag Mountain Loop: Distance 6.8 miles, Difficulty - Moderate, Elevation - 1,060 feet.
The hike up takes you through secluded forest roads and delights you with views of Mt. Hood along the shaded trails near a 2,500 foot ridge. On the way back, walk the path the Oregon Trail pioneers took and pass a replica of an actual tollgate from the 1850's.
Gems: Hiking the Oregon Trail - Less populated trails - Photo opportunities of Mt. Hood - Ridge hikes
10 - Pup Creek Falls (Clackamas River Trail): Distance 8.7 miles, Difficulty - Moderate, Elevation 1,627 feet.
A mostly forested trail with views of the Clackamas River and waterfalls, flat areas for camping, picnicking and fishing as well as beautiful riverside beaches.
Gems: Stunning waterfalls - Old growth forest - Shaded trails - River views - Wild berries
11 - Cool Creek Trail to Devil's Peak: Distance - 7.6 miles, Difficulty - Challenging, Elevation - 3,200 feet.
A leg-burner of a hike covering 3,200 feet in the first 3.8 miles! You'll be delighted once you reach the summit with views of Mt. Hood and other mountains in the Cascade range (on a clear day) and a cool, old fire lookout.
Gems: Elevation training - Wild flowers (seasonal) - Historic fire lookouts - Shaded hikes
12 - Horseshoe Ridge Trail: Distance - 10.8 miles, Difficulty - Challenging, Elevation - 2,700 feet.
Far less busy than nearby trails with just as spectacular of views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams on clear days. A great full-day adventure.
Gems: Wild flowers (seasonal) - Stunning Mt. Hood views - Practicing river crossings - Shaded hikes