Mt. Hood from Elk Meadows
- Moderate (to Elk Meadows)
- 6 miles round trip
- 1230 feet elevation gain
- Open late June through October
- Use: hikers, horses
- Difficult (to Gnarl Ridge)
- 9.4 miles round trip
- 2230 feet elevation gain
- Open mid-July through October
Two of Mt. Hood’s most scenic hiking goals are tucked away on the mountain’s southeast flank: a rustic shelter amidst Elk Meadows’ wildflowers, and Gnarl Ridge’s breathtaking cliff-edge viewpoint amid wind-dwarfed pines. Visit either destination, or take a slightly longer loop and visit both.
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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.
Shelter at Elk Meadows