Owl Point

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Pros: 
Great mountain views. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Rough dirt road to the trailhead.
Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Total Distance: 
4.80 mi (7.72 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
4,500 ft (1,372 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
650 ft (198 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back

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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The hike to Owl Point begins with a 0.4 mile walk through a hemlock and Douglas fir forest to the Vista Ridge Trailhead Junction. Here you'll see a self-serve wilderness registration station right at the edge of the burn zone from the lightening- caused Dollar Lake fire of 2011. As you proceed to the first Vista Ridge Trail junction, take a left to hike back into the forest. You'll hike up to the crest of the ridge, where avalanche lilies dominate and blueberries ripen in August. After a mile you will reach the first view point of Mount Hood and of Owl Point's summit; here you can clearly see the immensity of the wildfire's destruction.

Continue for 0.7 miles as the trail rises and falls through small meadows until you reach the junction for Owl Point. From the rocky summit you'll find bear grass scattered around and amazing panoramic views of the Hood River Valley and of Mount Hood's north face. If you have time, look at the registry box: inside there are old pictures of Mount Hood as seen from Owl Point. Listen for the pikas, as well, which can be difficult to spot.

Once you've finished with these views, head to Alki Point for more: from the Vista Ridge Trail, proceed another 200 yards down and veer right for an additional 200 yards. From here you'll get a better view of Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier to the north. Return to the trailhead and parking on the Vista Ridge Trail.

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