What are some easy hikes in the Hood River area?
There are a lot of hikes near Hood River of all difficulty levels. I guess it depends on what you consider easy....
Bill Sullivan is the active hiking guru in the Pacific Northwest and his recently revised website is really great. On the righthand column on this page you'll see several Gorge hikes listed. Each opens to a page with lots of hike details.
For more hikes throughout the Pacific Northwest, try and get one or more of his "100 Best Hikes in...." series. These are "must haves" for most hiking organizations in the area...and for those just looking for something special in their comfort zone.
Eagle Creek is a great hike not too far from HR.
Another nice one is along the Mosier Trail.
Both of these are what I would consider easy.
There are also oodles of short hikes to waterfalls in The Gorge on the way from Portland to HR.
Lost Lake - SW of hood River has a very easy 3 mile hike around the lake. More of a 'walk' than a 'hike'. Incredible view of Mt Hood from there too. You can also rent paddle boats or canoes and take them out on the lake. www.localhikes.com/Hikes/lostlake_6442.asp
Another one is hiking the old highway - http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_155.php
Wahclella Falls is just about a mile in. Relatively flat. Beautiful waterfall at the end. Plenty of places to cool your feet if you are so inclined.
Elowa Falls is also a pretty easy hike. .75miles to the base of the falls. There is also a fairly easy 1.1 mile hike up to Upper McCord Creek falls. Gives you a view from above the falls and it also has some great views out over the Columbia River. Only problem is that there is a fair bit of freeway noise for both parts of the trail.
Both of these trails were built quite awhile ago, along with Eagle Creek, so there are parts of the trail that are literally blasted out of the mountain side.
Tamanawas Falls is a pretty easy hike as well, a bit longer...2.5 mile one way. Beautiful curtain of water, if you are ambitious, you can crawl across the rock scree and get behind the waterfall.
Hood River and White Salmon both have hikes along old water flumes. Pretty easy to get to.
Best Book with pretty accurate difficulty ratings and good directions is Curious Gorge.
The Klickitat River and the Deschutes River, both have a rail to trail type of thing.
Oneonta Gorge, short hike THROUGH the creek bed. You will get wet and you do have to clamber over a log jam at the start.
The list goes on and on...
You can check http:/'/www.nwhiker.com and it will tell you about hikes, distance, elevation gain, easy to challenging, and features that you would like to see. We use it at Multnomah Falls. It has Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. For us, check Oregon, then scenic River, for Mount Hood, check that.
You kind of get a feel for what you are in for,
Tamawana is a 3.8 mile loop. Easy.
Rowena Crest atTom McCall Preserve are one of my favorites for rimrock views. Especially in the spring with the flowers.
Definetly go to one of the links for a list of the many many hikes around hood river...
I would not attempt Eagle Creek if you are inexperienced at hiking. It's not one of the "easy" trails.
All or most of the other hikes are easy to moderate. Sorry I had a problem with the url. It should be http://www.nwhiker.com
It should help you choose, or go into Multnomah Falls and the volunteers there will be glad to even guide a hike for you if there is enough staff and volunteers there that day. Call ahead if this is something you would like and we can arrange a guide.
Mindy, looks like you dredged up an old thread from June. My guess is that the OP has already come and gone.
I find Eagle Creek an easy hike. Moderate elevation gain. If you go up to Tunnel Falls, it could be considered somewhat difficult but only because of the distance involved in the round trip.
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