Mt. Hood Meadows Debuts More Than Eight Miles of New Hiking Trails this Summer
For Mt. Hood’s Premier Chairlift-served Hiking Experience
Mt. Hood Meadows will launch summer scenic chairlift and hiking operations June 25 - with 8.5 miles of newly-constructed hiking trails from the base area. The trail system connects the base area to woodland trails through meadows of wildflowers to magnificent overlooks and waterfall hikes.
The popular Umbrella Falls, Sahalie Falls, Elk Meadows and Timberline trails all pass through the Meadows permit area and are now easily accessed from the new trails built last summer. Resort VP of Marketing and Sales Dave Tragethon says, “We’re blessed with a cornucopia of nature and these new trails provide a more personal connection with the mountain environment. The new trails weave through meadows of wildflowers, in and out of the forest canopy and along mountain streams. They provide a much closer and intimate walk with nature.”
Scenic chairlift ride at Mt. Hood MeadowsIn addition to the interconnections, Meadows also built a trail through scenic Jack’s Woods — a popular ski/snowboard run in Heather Canyon — and a spur to Picnic Rock, which Tragethon lauds as “one of the most magnificent overlooks on our mountain.” To provide additional context to hikers about the the natural areas they’re enjoying, Meadows is installing a number of large-format interpretive trail signs that will provide information and storytelling on the history of Mt. Hood and Meadows, the resort’s important relationship with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, glaciology, volcanology, flora and fauna found in the resort’s permit area and more. “It truly is the premier chairlift-served high-altitude hiking experience on Mt. Hood,” declares Tragethon.
New hiking trails access spectacular views at Mt. Hood MeadowsSummer operations include a wide range of activities beyond hiking and scenic chairlift rides, such as geocaching, culinary festivals and other weekend events, games and nighttime movies on the deck. The resort will also have outdoor mountain-view dining on the deck to help refresh hungry and thirsty hikers, and a gift shop for logo wear and more. Meadows’s summer season kicks off June 25 and runs through Labor Day (September 6), with the resort open Thursdays through Mondays.