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Fish Creek Mountain

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • The trailhead for Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Pacific rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum).- Fish Creek Mountain
  • The trail moves through a forest of mature fir.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • A cairn marks the junction between the trail and the old road.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Wild strawberrry (Fragaria vesca).- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Red Columbine (Aquilegia Formosa).- Fish Creek Mountain
  • The trail to Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Penstemon.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • The Fish Creek Mountain Trail.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • An expansive view of the Mount Hood National Forest from the Fish Creek Mountain Trail.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Wasp's nest along the Fish Creek Mountain Trail.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Mount Jefferson (10,495') from Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Delphinium.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Western wood anemone (Anemone lyallii).- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Wildflowers are abundant on the trail to Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Rock penstemon (Penstemon rupicola).- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja).- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Summit sign on Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Mount Hood (11,249') from Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • The trail along the ridge to Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • The view from the summit of Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Fish Creek Mountain
  • USGS marker at the summit of Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Balsam fir (Abies balsamea).- Fish Creek Mountain
  • The view from the summit of Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • High Lake pools just beneath Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • High Lake pools just beneath Fish Creek Mountain.- Fish Creek Mountain
  • Trillium.- Fish Creek Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Old-growth forest. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Steep, narrow trail. Ants. Long pants strongly recommended.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,400.00 ft (731.52 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
8.40 mi (13.52 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,267.00 ft (995.78 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The trailhead for Fish Creek Mountain can be found between the road and parking area, which is just a portion of a washed out road that is now blocked by dirt mounds. The steep, narrow trail climbs through an old-growth forest full of Douglas fir, red cedar, and western hemlock. At about 0.65 miles, the trail levels out. Turn right at a cairn to follow along another old road for about half a mile. Head straight up a dirt ridge, leaving the road that continues to the left, to find trail #541.

Find a volcanic dike after about 1.3 miles; here you'll get an incredible view of Mount Jefferson and the surrounding area. It's a steep climb for about a half mile after the dike, and in the summer you'll pass innumerable ant hills swarming with black ants along the trail. You'll find a fork in the trail about 0.7 miles from the dike, and you can split off to the right to descend to High Lake or continue straight for a half mile to the summit of Fish Creek Mountain.

Along with the sweeping views from the summit, you'll find the remains of an old fire lookout built in 1933. On the way back to the fork to High Lake, keep an eye out for views of Mount Hood peeking through the trees. The descent to High Lake is about 0.7 miles, and there are a couple of nice campsites that can be found around the lake. The lake is good for fishing and a swim on hot day.

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