Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,255.00 ft (382.52 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
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Flag Mountain is located just outside the small town of Rhododendron near Mount Hood. This 3.8 mile (round trip) trail leads hikers and mountain bikers across the ridge of Flag Mountain, providing a good view of Mount Hood about halfway in, and an even better workout.

The trail begins off Forest Service Road 20-E. There is a tiny trailhead with enough parking for just a couple vehicles. The trail passes by an abandoned cabin before climbing very steeply as it switchbacks up the Northwestern side of Flag Mountain. These steep switchbacks continue for about half a mile until you reach a small rock outcropping. An easy scramble up the rocks provides a view of next door Hunchback Mountain.

The trail then continues to climb (although thankfully a little less steeply) until it reaches the ridge. You’ll soon come to a bit of a viewpoint where the very top of Mount Hood is visible. Continue onward. At around the 1 mile mark you’ll reach the main viewpoint where you’ll find an excellent view of Mount Hood and the Zigzag river valley.

The remainder of the trail traverses the mostly viewless ridge of Flag Mountain, including the true summit, until descending to the trail’s end. Unless desiring to further explore, I’d recommend turning around at the main viewpoint. Doing so cuts the total distance approximately in half.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Great workout trail. Low crowds. Viewpoint of Mt Hood.

Cons

Extremely steep initial climb. Highway noise. Limited views.

Trailhead Elevation

1,755.00 ft (534.92 m)

Highest point

2,531.00 ft (771.45 m)

Features

Wildlife
Big vistas
Big Game Watching
Wildflowers
Bird watching
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area

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