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Elk Meadows

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Mount Hood from Elk Meadows in early Summer (Tom Kloster)
Elk Meadows Shelter (cfm)

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Description

Elk Meadows is the largest on Mount Hood, and lives up to its name as a favored grazing area for elk. The meadows provide a picturesque view of the broad east face of Mount Hood, and a good camping base for side trips to Gnarl Ridge, Newton Creek Canyon, Bluegrass Ridge, Elk Mountain and Cold Spring Creek. The meadows are circled by a dense network of trails, with one spur that crosses to the island of trees in the center of the meadow where the historic wood shelter hides.

In July, the meadows provide a spectacular wildflower display, especially along the east edge of the meadow. The 2006 Bluegrass Ridge fire occurred just east of the meadows.

There are many trail junctions in the area. Right smack in the middle is a four-way junction with the Elk Meadows Trail passing through north-south, meeting the Gnarl Ridge trail heading west and the Bluegrass Ridge Trail headed east.

Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland, by Paul Gerald

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