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Around Mount Hood - Oregon
What to do if you have little time : Trillium Lake, Tamanawas Falls
We advise you to plan at least one day to explore this area quickly. But 2 or even 3 days are recommended for more hiking and not missing Ramona Falls, a real wonder.
Ramona Falls is a large waterfall absolutely gorgeous. The water descends along the mossy rock. Depending on the time of day, light rays can pass through the leaves of trees and hit the waterfall. With splashing water, it is beautiful. It is better to be there early in the morning while the waterfall is still in the shade and wait until the end of the morning so that these light rays sneak through the branches. About photos, if the wide shots used to encompass the entire cascade with possibly "the small wooden bridge" which runs right past, close-ups are in turn even more beautiful.
From the parking, the trail is about 6,8 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain around 1000 feet. It climbs especially at the end. At one point, you have to cross the river. A bridge once was there, but it no longer exists. Still, the crossing is quite easy, when the water level is not high and the many trunks across the river replace that bridge.
Access : to access Ramona Falls, it is necessary to have a permit. This one is available at the beginning of trail for $ 5. You can also buy it at the Zig Zag Mountain store, 1,8 mile west of the city of Rhododendron. From the Zig Zag Mountain Store, take E Lolo Pass Road for 4,2 miles. Then leave this road turning right on Muddy Fork Road. After 0,7 mile turn right again to stay on Muddy Fork Road. Continue for 1,7 mile. Turn then slightly left. The start of the trail is only 0,3 mile away.
N 45° 16' 05.9"
W 121° 44' 27.0"
Trillium Lake is a popular lake with Americans. From its southern shore, you can see Mount Hood and its reflection in the lake. At sunset, only the Mount Hood remains lit when the water of the lake is already into darkness.
Access : from the intersection of US 26 and OR 35, take US 26 north west for 0,7 mile. Then take a left on NF-2656. Continue straight for 1.5 mile to the lake.
Tamanawas is a large and wide waterfall. The water falls in a straight line into the river below. The trail is 3,8 miles roundtrip. Water sprays are important here so to avoid damaging your camera, don't get too close to the falls.
Access : from the city of Hood River, take OR 35 south for 24,8 miles. The parking is on the right.
1 to 2 hours
8 $ per vehicle
N 45° 29' 43.8"
W 121° 49' 20.6"
Lost Lake is a large lake from where you have a nice view of Mount Hood. Busy on weekend by americans for kayaking and fishing.
Access : from the city of Hood River, take OR-281 south for 11 miles to the town of Dee. Turn right on Lost Lake Road for 14,1 miles to Lost Lake. There is an entrance fee : $ 8 for the day.
This huge luxurious hotel served as an outdoor setting for the movie "Shinning". From the lodge, you can borrow a few trails to explore Mount Hood. Famous PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) passes here.
Access : from the intersection of US 26 and OR 35, take US 26 north west for 2,2 miles. Then take a right on Timberline Highway for 4,8 miles to the parking lot.
Lolo Pass is reached after borrowing the Lolo Pass Road. This pass allows a view of the west side of Mount Hood. Unfortunately, the view is often marred by an electric pillar in the foreground. It may be wise to combine Lolo Pass with a visit to Ramona Falls, because at the beginning the two follow the same road.
Access : from the town of Rhododendron, take US 26 West for 1,9 miles. Turn right at the Zig Zag Mountain Store to Lolo Pass Road. Continue on this road for about 10,5 miles to the pass.
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