Though I'm originally from New England, I've ventured west over the years, from Boulder, Colorado to the Bay Area. I enjoy going on adventures with my majestic dog, discovering surreal landscapes, and taking photos of exotic plants (in that order).
An absolutely gorgeous hike with an exceptionally spectacular reward, especially given the more accessible but crowded waterfalls of the Gorge area. That said, it was definitely busy when I did the hike (starting 8am on a Saturday in mid-May). The dirt road to the trailhead was really bumpy and there's plenty of cars going back and forth, but my Honda Fit did fine. Also, there's a few dispersed camping options along the road, if you're looking to camp nearby for the night and get an early start, which I recommend given the mid-day crowds embarking on the hike as I got back to the parking lot. I found an awesome spot that actually runs along the creek, down a narrow grassy road from a pull-off on the main road to the trailhead. This is probably one of the most gorgeous waterfalls I've ever seen, not to mention the surrounding Gifford-Pinchot NF is really scenic and easily navigable as well.
An absolutely gorgeous hike with an exceptionally spectacular reward, especially given the more accessible but crowde
Meditation point is the ideal place to camp if you are looking for a peaceful, gorgeous backcountry camping experience for a night in Mount Hood NF. I camped there about two weeks ago with my dog. The trailhead isn’t necessarily easy to find since there are no obvious signs at the turnoff from the road, but when in doubt, follow the blue dot on Google Maps when you have no service, and you’ll be fine! There’s a small parking lot with maps and a few station, though there were no fee slips or anything when I was there (not sure if this is because it was before Memorial Day). The maps show dozens of spacious dispersed spots along the lake. The one-mile hike is easy and beautiful, which I saw as more of a pro than a con, because you are rewarded with lovely, secluded primitive campsites in the forest with amazing lake views and without having to trek too far to get there. It’s obvious why this spot is called Meditation Point. Definitely recommend!
Meditation point is the ideal place to camp if you are looking for a peaceful, gorgeous backcountry camping experienc
I was hoping to backpack the full trail and camp for the night with my dog, but decided to just do the hike when I was told the trail is still covered in snow (it’s late May so that’s to be expected). However, when I got to the trailhead there were “no dogs allowed” signs everywhere. Since I had already made the hour long drive from Whistler, I decided to do the quick walk to the lower lake with my dog, snap a few photos and head back. The lower lake was of course beautiful but I had really wanted to do the full hike. It was surprisingly crowded for a weekday morning, and the trail was covered in snow and slush and really slippery. And beyond the lower lake, it seemed like the rest of the trail was essentially inaccessible. As I came across some other people with a dog, they told me that dogs were allowed when they were here last July. So I’m guessing it’s just a seasonal restriction. Anyways, I’d recommend waiting until mid-summer to do the trek when most of the snow is melted. Hoping to come back at some point to get the full experience!
I was hoping to backpack the full trail and camp for the night with my dog, but decided to just do the hike when I wa
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