Some beautiful alpine meadows, two waterfalls, and a close-up view of Mt. Hood combine to make this a lovely and not too difficult day hike. In mid to late summer, there is an abundance of wildflowers.
From the Sahalie Falls trailhead #667C, you may choose to cross the road and take the west entrance. Or you may enter at the trailhead parking area and follow the Elk Meadow Trail #645 about ¼ mile to the Umbrella Falls junction. If you start at the west side of the road, you will cross Meadows Creek and begin the moderate climb to Sahalie Falls. You will reach the viewpoint in about 1/4 of a mile. The trail passes over several bridges before arriving at the Umbrella Falls spur trail about one mile from the trailhead. This will take you to the Falls in about 4/10 of a mile. After viewing the falls, return to the main trail and continue east on Umbrella Falls Trail #667. This will take you down through alpine meadows and below the ski lift. In about 1.8 miles, you will reach the junction of the Elk Meadows Trail #645. In about 0.5 miles, this trail to the west will return you to the trailhead.
Drive east from Government Camp to Highway 35 (Hood River). Go north on Highway 35 and turn left at the Hood Meadows Nordic Ski Area sign and drive to the trailhead parking area on the right. Or stay left and drive up to the Meadows Lodge and park in the lot on the southeast end. The trailhead is just below the parking lot.
For more information, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53316
|Northwest Forest Pass||Required|
|Elevation||High 5,770' - Low 4,600'|
|Snow Free||Late June to mid-October|
|Uses||Hikers, Bikers, XC Skiers, Snowshoers|