Vista Ridge (photo by Tom Kloster)

Vista Ridge Hike

The Vista Ridge hike is arguably the most scenic alpine trail on Mount Hood in mid-summer when the wildflowers bloom. We'll enjoy amazing vistas of Mount Hood and wildflowers and learn about Oregon Wild efforts to prevent logging along this trail.

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 7.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Leader: Jonathan Jelen
Location: Mount Hood National Forest (carpools depart from Portland)

Join Oregon Wild on a hike to perhaps the most scenic trail on Mount Hood.

We'll enjoy amazing views of the dramatic north side of Mount Hood and it's glaciers. Vista Ridge is one of the last places in Oregon for the wildflowers to bloom, but when they do, it's a show you don't want to miss. Typically the snow melts out by early August in these high elevation areas on the north side of Mount Hood and the flowers follow quickly after.

During the hike we'll discuss Oregon Wild's efforts to protect this trail from destructive logging proposals - including successfully beating back a timber sale here just last year. This hike will venture between areas currently designated as Wilderness and areas that Oregon Wild is proposing for Wilderness. This trail is well graded but considered strenuous given the elevation gain, distance, and starting elevation being high.

Help Oregon Wild continue to provide high-quality, guided hikes into Oregon's spectacular wildlands by making a small donation. Your support helps offset the costs of our hikes program, and ensures we can all continue to explore and enjoy Oregon's natural heritage. Suggested donation of $5 (Oregon Wild members) and $10 (non members).

If you are unsure if your Oregon Wild membership is current, please call 503.283.6343 x 205. To join, please click here.

P.S. You might notice that our hike signup form has changed to a Google form - we're switching to a new system this summer and appreciate your patience as we transition! 

Vista Ridge photo by Tom Kloster.