Added by Matt Klemsz
Experience an amazing waterfall that few even know exists! You can make this adventure into a quick jaunt after a day of snowboarding on the mountain or a multi-mile trek to fill your day off depending on how ambitious you're feeling. This relaxed and truly refreshing hike composed of breathtaking views, rustic wooden bridges, and endless powder is just what you need to enjoy the day!
Just 66 miles east of Portland, and 35 miles south of Hood River the infamous Mt Hood breaks through the clouds for all to see. The highest peak of Oregon is the ultimate explorer's paradise offering something for every season... and in this case we mean snow shoeing and hiking!!
Our trek begins at the parking lot of the ever so popular Meadows Ski Resort. Instead of driving in circles with the hopes of parking as close to the lodge as possible, you will park in the far back of the parking lot on the southeast corner. You'll have so much parking you won't even know what to do with it!
From here, gear up and walk towards the edge of the lot where you'll see a footpath heading into the forest. It can be harder to find during the snowy season, however with a quick search you will find it in no time.
The path makes several (five) switchbacks as you make your way down the hillside, a creek remaining on your left feeding the future waterfall, the viewpoint of this awesome hike! After just .25 miles you will cross a small wooden bridge directly in front of Umbrella Falls. This is a great opportunity to explore the falls and eat a quick snack. Thanks to its speed, the falls never freeze offering a picturesque backdrop year-round.
Depending on if you have more time, or wish to continue your hike, the path continues past the falls for roughly another mile - winding through the woods and around other smaller frozen creeks. Eventually you will dead end into the Honey Suckle ski run where you will need to turn around and simply retrace your steps in order to return to the parking lot where you began.
- Sno-Park parking permit (can be purchased at the lodge for $5 per day or $30 per season)
- Waterproof hiking shoes
- Gators (optional)
- Extra clothing (layers)
- 10 essentials
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