Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
1,000.00 ft (304.80 m)
Trail type
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
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A volcanic peak, a sword in the stone, and bears; rivers, waterfalls, and glaciers. You can find a little of everything along this dramatic hike on the west side of Mount Hood. 

To reach the Muddy Fork from the Top Spur Trailhead, follow the trail to a point where multiple trails will merge. The junction includes the Pacific Crest Trail, Top Spur Trail, and the Timberline Trail No. 600 Muddy Fork. Luckily this trail is aptly named, so take the Timberline Trail No. 600 and you will head right for the Muddy Fork. You can be certain you're at the Muddy Fork by looking directly up the riverbed toward Mount Hood, where you will see three waterfalls coming off of the Sandy Glacier to feed the Muddy Fork.

This scenic hike can be done as a there-and-back trip, or it can be combined with additional trails to be included as a loop that will also lead to Ramona Falls (see map). Either option is an exceptional trip, as you'll travel through dense forest and traverse along flower-covered mountainside trails followed by rocky riverbeds, all while enjoying dramatic views of Mount Hood. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Dramatic views. Waterfalls. Wildlife.


Not family friendly due to cliffs and rocky terrain.

Trailhead Elevation

3,900.00 ft (1,188.72 m)


Backcountry camping
Big Game Watching
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day



Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


Erica, Have you tried visiting the Ramona Falls adventure and checking out our downloadable map there? I believe it has the section of trail you are looking for, with distances. Please note that there is a bridge out on the Sandy River Trail.
I was looking at the attached field guide to see how to do the loop that includes Ramona Falls on the way back. It appears that the first map is the only one that shows the details of the trails with the mileage, but the portion of the trail after ramona falls, back to the muddy fork trail head (it appears to be along the PCT) is cut off, so i can't see where that goes or how long it is. Dose anyone have any info for that section of the trail, or a map that shows the trail not cut off? Thanks!
Beautiful hike just below the snow line. Waterfalls at Muddy Fork were frozen and beautiful as the sun came over the ridge. This is a great easy hiking option this time of year to get beautiful views of Hood while putting in minimal elevation gain.

There was a light glazing of ice over many of the boulders in the river bed hiking up to the Muddy Fork falls. Use caution putting weight on the boulders while crossing the water.
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