Guided hike on Mount Hood National Forest

At Mount Hood National Forest

Mount Hood National Forest will host its second annual “Hike with a Ranger” series this summer on select Saturdays from May through October. Each walk is led by recreation staff and a scientist or specialist, on the theme of natural or cultural resources.
“We started this program last year on the east side of the forest and it was a success,” said Jon Breithaupt, acting Mt. Hood National Forest Recreation Program Manager. “Public lands belong to everyone, regardless of experience level. This walking series offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while learning about the area’s resources.”
Each walk has a limit of 12 participants, or 10 in the wilderness, and free registration is required through Eventbrite. Learn more about the series and register:
Routes of varying difficulty are available. The walks start around 10am. Some trailheads require a cash payment for day use or a recreation pass. More information about daily rates and recreation passes can be found on our website:
Walking schedule
May 11: Little Zigzag Falls Trail – Hydrology of Little Zigzag Falls
June 22: Show Pony Trail – Mount Hood’s Wildfire Crisis Strategy
June 29: Dog River Trail – identifying mushrooms and plants on the east side of Mount Hood
July 13: Lakeshore Trail – Identifying wildlife and habitat of the Los Lake area
July 27: Crosstown and Enid Lake Trails – Plants and wildflowers in the Government Camp area
August 10: Pacific Crest and Twin Lakes Trails – Wilderness areas around Mt. Hood
August 24: Trillium Lake Loop Trail – Wildlife in the Trillium Lake area
September 7: Laurance Lake High Ridge Trail – Geology of the north side of Mount Hood and nearby lava flows
September 14: Old Salmon River Trail – The life cycle of Pacific Northwest salmon
September 21: Tilly Jane Trail – Cloud Cap and Tilly Jane Historic Area tour
October 5: Tamanawas Falls/East Fork Trail Loop – Anadromous fish and aquatic ecosystems
October 12: Pioneer Bridle Trail – The Barlow Road segment of the Oregon National Historic Trail
This schedule is subject to change depending on wildfire season or staff availability. Those who register will be notified of any changes or cancellations. For more information, please contact one of our district offices: