Elk Meadows

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

Shelter at Elk Meadows